Over the past several months, I have been traveling to events around the country to promote my book, Circle of Impact: Taking Personal Initiative To Ignite Change.What began as a book promotion tour has transitioned into being a listening tour. You would have to be with me to understand the extent of insight that I’m gaining from talking to people on this tour.In these moments, I say the book is about:Personal Leadership, and,How we are all in Transition, personally, socially and organizationally.When I say these very words, people look me squarely in the eye, and step closer towards me. They want to know more. After some amazing conversations, most walk away with a signed copy of my book.Here are three things that I am seeing from this experience.
There are three realities of being in transition that I’d like to introduce. 1. Transition is not in a straight line. 2. Transition is filled with unsteadiness. 3. Transition is always hard, and most of the time healthy.
This experience is at the heart of the changes taking place in how leadership functions in our lives. Without uncertainty driving us towards certainty, we remain in a false self-confidence that we know what we need to know. This false security is why the process of self-discovery is one of the most challenging aspects of our lifetime.
Uncertainty is the initial recognition that we are in transition. It is a universal feeling that we all have regularly, that tells us something is changing. We feel it but can’t put our finger on it. We may not have the skills or the perception to identify how we are in transition. If not, then we can become caught between what has been and what will be.