We’ve all been through lots of changes in our lives.Think of just the very first year after you were born! By the end of that year your body had grown, your brain had developed rapidly, permitting you to go from a crying, completely dependent newborn to expressing a range of emotion, making sounds and speaking a few words, and able to crawl or even walk. These astounding transformations were just the start of the many changes you’ve gone on to experience.
There are those changes that are developmental, happening without our conscious participation. Other changes we predict and anticipate, happily or not. Some changes come as a surprise. We can draw on the things we do to get ready for predictable changes to help us handle those that arrive unexpectedly.
For example we can:
- Pay attention to the early signs that a change is coming.
- Start preparing a refuge or safe space to shelter ourselves from possible harsher conditions ahead.
- Start considering our options.
When pay attention to early signs of a coming change, it’s usually easier to handle than if we miss or deny the early signs that the future is going to be different from the past.
The Seasons of Change model helps us recognize and prepare for change. It shows us that there are predictable seasons, or stages, to the changes that we inevitably experience in life.
Think of a change you recently experienced. What were the early signs that a change was coming?
Source: McCLelland, C. (1998). The seasons of change. Conari Press: York Beach, ME
Take the Seasons of Change questionnaire to get a clearer sense of where you are in the change process. The questionnaire doesn’t provide a score. If you’re interested in learning more about a change you’re experiencing, it offers a great starting point for discussion. After you take the questionnaire, let me know if you’d like to talk about it. I’m pleased to offer a free, no obligation half-hour consultation so we can talk about your responses.