Introduction to Positive Transitioning
by Sheri McConnell
Excerpted from Smart Women Embrace Transitions
What does it mean to be a smart woman?
A smart woman is a woman who consciously does better when she knows better. She does this gracefully and peacefully. She still makes mistakes a lot of the time because after all, smart women don’t sit still and they are always trying new things. They love to live a full life.
For over a decade, I’ve coached hundreds of women through various transitions (business and personal) and discovered that many people struggle a great deal when it comes time to grow—to transition into the new person they are meant to become. For many, it is absolutely painful. They avoid various types of transitions no matter the cost to themselves and the ones they love.
My hope is that by learning how to “lean” into transitions, you will no longer try to force yourself to just be happy but instead you will move forward and do the work to get to the magical life you can have on the other side of the transition.
Why Lean Into Change?
Accepting change can be mentally overwhelming, so I believe if you lean into it, you’re more apt to get started on the process of acceptance today vs. putting it off, burying it, projecting it, or ignoring it all together.
If you’re growing, then transitions should be occurring often in your life. And so transitions can be peaceful once we learn healthy ways to process them. Even something like a divorce or the passing of a loved one can be a peaceful experience. My intention is that this book be a guide… and the many stories in it serve as a safety net of support as you need it.
Five Ways To Lean Into Change Easier and Faster (AKA Positive Transitioning)
Tip Number One
Accept the Present