Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Getting & Keeping Enthusiasm!

Getting & Keeping Enthusiasm! In Times of Change & Transition

Following are things to consider when in the midst of change and transition.

* Change is a natural, normal part of life.

"People don’t resist change; they resist transition. It is difficult to leave behind the “old” ways, even if the new way is exciting and appealing. People resist the loss of their identity (and sense of security)... "

~ William Bridges
* It is natural to experience a range of emotions when in the midst of change and transition. Denying your feelings can lead to increased stress, health issues and depression.
* Creating a plan of action is one way to navigate through change and transition allowing you to take charge of your life.
* Enthusiasm is a powerful gift and tool. Everyone has the ability to generate it in themselves and others.
* Different personality types and behavioral styles express enthusiasm in different ways.
* There is a short-term and a long-term focus, both for change and enthusiasm.
* The physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and energetic aspects of your beingness are affected. Enthusiasm is wholistic. Consider what you can do from each aspect to take care of yourself, revitalize and recharge. Examples include: exercise, take a walk, meditation, listening to soothing music, watch a funny movie, visit friends, cook a meal, read inspirational books, spend time in nature, work a puzzle.
* Use your enthusiasm to discover creative ways to effective handle the change and transition taking place.
* Take time to unplug from technology, outer distractions and anything that can zap your energy and enthusiasm. Do this on a regular basis even if it's only for a half an hour (a day would be optimal).
* Tap into your resiliency factor.
* Seek the support of a coach or mentor to assist you during this time.
And finally getting & keeping enthusiasm in these times of change and transition is possible especially when you objectively trust yourself and trust what you know.
With Joy & Enthusiasm!
© 2010 Antoinette S. Webster. All rights reserved.

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