Coaching in transition

People in transition

Changes in life can be challenging. A change process in a human life can be organized into more or less 3 phases. First, we experience a lack of clarity and find ourselves in a phase of ‘not knowing’. We are not quite sure about ‘the new’ which is emerging and may resist letting go of ‘the old’. This is normal. No matter how much you desire the change in your life, it implies leaving something familiar behind. That can be painful and needs to be processed. Once you see your options to create a new future, you have arrived in phase 2, the ‘cocoon’ phase. This phase is marked by insights into how and why you feel, think and act the way you do. You (re)-connect to the core qualities, capacities and wisdom that help you overcome your challenges in your transition. The third phase is marked by clarity. You feel strong and energetic, think in terms of possibilities and know exactly what to do next.

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been”

George Eliot

The world in transition

The global Corona pandemic has started a major transition in the world. Never was the interconnectedness of people as visible as when the COVID-19 virus travelled the world. From one day to the next, offices across industries and countries closed their doors and people were asked to work from home. This meant spending most time indoors which for many people resulted in a period of forced introspection. Playing sports, travelling, socializing with friends, family or colleagues at the office was no longer a possibility. Our usual patterns were disrupted and many felt challenged. The economy dipped, domestic violence and depression peeked. Now that the world is opening up again, we can orient ourselves towards our new future. And explore the new you, because you have also changed!

“Explore, dream, discover” Mark Twain

Arguably, the Corona period has also kick started a more positive development. More than ever, people are aware of the importance of the balance between humans and nature. Never was the future of our planet as urgent as it is now. These issues also affect us personally. Many of us wonder: what are the consequences of these giant developments for me? How do I relate to the changes in the world around me? What does this mean to me? These, and other meaning-making questions can be addressed through coaching.

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears”

Nelson Mandela