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How to bring more joy in the midst of any transition

Bringing more joy into a transitional time in your life isn't about feeling 'happy' all the time, it's about being intentional with how you feel and choosing to cultivate feeling good.

When’s the last time you were in transition?

Some of you might be in one right now! And if you are – I congratulate you. Even in what may seem tough or challenging, there’s inevitably something better around the corner or already on its way to you.

What if you could go through your transition or whatever change you might be going through with more ease and joy? How might you be impacted?

Bringing more joy in your transition isn’t just about being happy for no reason. What it means is you can get through it with greater ease and more importantly feel good while going through it by being more intentional with how you feel.

When you’re in a state of joy, it has a domino effect on everything else including your overall lifestyle, it combats stress and pain and helps boost your immune system.

By now, you may know I firmly believe we don’t have separate lives between work and personal (yes, they are different aspects), but we ultimately have one life we lead and hopefully live. 

I’ve spent the better part of my career over the years developing my passion for people and playing an integral role in coaching and consulting professionals as they navigate their careers.

Transitions look like changing jobs (or careers), stepping into new positions, changing industries among others. They also happen in our relationships as they change, evolve, take on new forms, end, begin again and so on.

While transitions can sometimes be viewed as challenging and at times, they can be overwhelming, they often bread the birthing of a new beginning. Ultimately as one door closes, there is always another that is being prepared to open. An important reminder I’ve often shared with my clients hearing all kinds of transitions people have experienced.

The question is, are you ready for it?

High-performance coach and 3-time New York Times best-selling author, Brendon Burchard and one of my favourite motivational speakers, elaborates on this and speaks to bringing more joy into all you do. Be sure to click on his name to listen to the clip! Brendon’s books include The Motivation ManifestoThe ChargeThe Millionaire Messenger and Life’s Golden Ticket with his most recent book being High-Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way.

Bringing joy during times of change regardless of what area of life you’re in transition allows you to BE in a state of feeling good. When you’re feeling good, you’re in a better state of receiving what’s coming next.

Here are some of the things that I find help me to tap into a joyful state:

  • Gratitude – daily – small things and big things. They instantly generate feelings of appreciation
  • Choosing something specific in my life I’m proud of i.e. my commitment to my creative endeavour or journaling (yes, journaling! It’s a daily practice and it took a while to develop)
  • Intentionally doing an activity that’s fun, i.e. coffee at a favourite espresso bar or visiting an art gallery
  • Reading or listening to something that is insightful or feeds my soul

Have fun with choosing activities that light you up and bring more joy and watch how your day unfolds, let alone any transition or change. We’re all responsible for the energy we bring to our lives and it’s up to us to get in a state of feeling good. No matter what area of our lives we might be experiencing a shift.

You might be thinking that it’s not possible to always bring joy into your experience and you’re right, there are circumstances in our lives that may be sad or painful.

Grant it those times are certainly more difficult to just ‘feel good.’ Time always takes its course and when you can, I would say, find the moments that you can bring joy.

What’s one way you can bring more joy to your transition starting today?

To your success,

Lisa

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