Change, transition and an epiphany.
I've previously written that change is personal. I've also written briefly about what I believe are the differences between change and transition. Well, today I had a bit of an epiphany about these things that I wanted to share: It's not change that's personal, but how we react and adapt to the change that is.
What's the difference?
Where change is basically an event, something that happens that results in something being different than it was before, transition is the process of adapting to that event. For example, if Jasper is planning a move to another city, the change is the move, where the transition is his preparing for and anticipating the event, as well as the adjustment of his beliefs, expectations, assumptions, habits and behaviors as a result of the change.
The Dr. Evil approach to transitions.
Change is something we often anticipate, whether positively or negatively, yet the transition process tends to be something we just expect to resolve itself, without much conscious intervention. It's sort of like Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers movies, who initiates an action against his enemies and walks away expecting that everything will go as planned. When it doesn't, a certain level of surprise, anxiety and chaos occurs, because entering the world of uncertainty is uncomfortable.
It's all about choice.
Sometimes we choose our change, and other times we don't, but how we react and adapt - or transition - to the change is completely determined by the choices we make. More about that in the next couple of posts.
In the mean time, what do you think? Do you agree with the distinction between change and transition? Why or why not? Do you prescribe to Dr. Evil's approach to transitions? Leave a comment below and let's get the conversation started!
About the Author
Megan Rounds, Ed.D. is owner and principle perculator of perculcha, llc.
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