What does life transition mean and what would better managing them entail?
Let's take a pivotal period in life - transitioning into retirement or semi-retirement. One of the things to look at, as in any transition, is the help needed to build resilience and skills in an individual facing this life changing transition.
Planning, preparing and preventing are three key words that first come to mind, and with a help of a coach you can enter into this new phase of your life confident and with more ease.
During any transition you hit barriers, road blocks, that have prevented you to succeed in the past. One is a behavioral barrier - the way we relate to others. Loneliness, for example, which so significantly impacts health later in life, is one important barrier you may face. Without the support of a partner, peers, family, friend, neighbors, an individual might find it considerably harder to face significant life changes.
On the other hand, reduced independence might prove detrimental because it can diminish the individual's sense of control of his or her own destiny.
Attitudes also play a pivotal role in any transition. How we choose to enter into a transition. To capitalize on the lessons learnt from their own past experiences (or other's) the individual is given a platform from where to better prepare for future difficult transitions. The challenge is that it may not be obvious how to do this and guidance from a coach could prove pivotal to the success of the change...to de-traumatize the transition.
Instead of fearing change, embrace it and instigate a change in perception from one of loss and hopelessness, to one focused on assets that builds resilience.
Other barriers are related to family and social networks, and how to best "intervene" to put you back on track on your journey - your transition - into retirement.
These are a just a few of the challenges/barriers you'll face in a transition but they give you an idea of what to expect if you choose not to plan, prepare and prevent. i.e. entering into the transition kind of blindfolded.
If you like to get help with a transition like this or any other transition you are facing in life, please get in touch with me to discuss how I can be of help.