I have been fascinated with people who start things. It is embedded in my definition of leadership.
“All leadership begins with personal initiative …’
However, to start something is to recognize that there is a reason for doing so. Some things we start are experimental projects to see what works. Others are business ideas that we think will gather loyal customers. Then there are those people who love to solve problems.
To solve a problem is to respond to a creative drive that resides in each of us. Starting something new is the same impetus. We make a decision to resolve a question that we have in our mind.
We are all in transition.
However, to understand how we are, we need metaphors of transition.
Here are three that I shared with students at the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah.
“WE ARE ALL IN TRANSITION, ALL OF US, ALL THE TIME.”
This is a key principle of the Circle of Impact. It is proven true to me every day in virtually every encounter that I have with people.
My conversations usually begin with an introduction that includes my being the author of a book for “people who are in transition.” This phrase catches their attention. It resonates as something that they are feeling. When I say the word “transition” it stands out as authentic and real.
I do believe we are all in transition. From what people tell me, it is not clear to them what this means. They know on some gut level that this feeling is different than some random interruption of their lives. Instead, it is a feeling that their world is about to change.
For many whom I meet, this feeling is new. They have never felt like their lives truly mattered. Now, something is tugging at them, telling them, “You are in transition, go find where it is taking you.” For many people, their lives were transformed because they responded to this feeling of transition. For me, there is nothing better than to see someone’s life changed when they discover how their life can matter as a person of impact.
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.