Managing Change & Trying to Make the Most of It

Written on 14 Jul 2016

How have you coped with these past three Brexit weeks?

Since the EU referendum on 24th June, many of my clients have spoken of the impact this is having on their lives. Anxiety, anger, shock, and frustration. Life is very uncertain at the moment and people are looking for ways of coping with the numerous changes.

'It's not so much that we're afraid of change or so in love with the old ways, but it's that place inbetween that we fear. It's like being between trapezes. There's nothing to hold on to' (Marilyn Ferguson).

In his book 'Managing Transitions', William Bridges talks about the three phases of transition:

Ending/Losing/Letting Go
The Neutral Zone
The New Beginning.

Some of us will feel we are still in the first phase – trying to let go of the old ways and coming to terms with our losses. Others may have reached the Neutral Zone – going through an inbetween time when the old is gone but the new isn't fully operational. This is when the critical psychological realignments and repatternings take place.

The New Beginning is when we come out of the transition and make a new beginning. When the new identity is developed, a new energy is experienced and we discover the new sense of purpose that makes the change begin to work.

So we can say that transition starts with an ending and finishes with a beginning and wherever you are at the moment, for your own wellbeing, I hope you reach The New Beginning soon.

If you've been affected by the topic that I've covered in this blog post, and would like to discuss your feelings, you can leave a public comment below. Alternatively, if you'd like to communicate with me on a one-to-one basis about any issues you'd like to discuss further, you can either email me or call me on 07946 517967.