With the economic and employment shifts of recent years, more frequent job transitions have become the new normal. And, anyone who’s ever changed jobs will tell you, job transitions can be stressful—whether they’re due to layoff, promotion or working extra hours because other workers were laid off. If you’re facing another new job, consider the following to smooth your transition and maximize your success:
1: Take an honest look at yourself. What are your strengths, weaknesses, skills? How did those influence—positively or negatively—your transition?
2: Step up your self-care. Major changes are physically and emotionally taxing. You need self-care now more than ever.
3: Engage your curiosity. What went wrong, or right? What could you have done better? What worked really well?
4: Focus on what you want, and less on what you don’t want. Keep your eye on the prize.
5: Enlist support. Seek support from friends and professionals to broaden your perspective and know you are not alone.
6: Work on your thoughts. Calm your fears and reinforce your sense of hope and happiness.
7: Reassure or avoid those who are threatened by, or jealous of, the change.
8: Create your own rite of passage. Ceremonies and rituals enhance transitions.
9: Let go of how things were “supposed to be” and accept “how things are.” Find appreciation for what is.
10: Keep things in perspective. Or try on a new perspective. Don’t get stuck. Remember, the only constant is change. Relax into the new field of opportunities that unfold with every transition.