“There is nothing to fear in the act of beginning. More often than not it knows the journey ahead better than we ever could. Perhaps the art of harvesting the secret riches of our lives is best achieved when we place profound trust in the act of beginning. Risk might be our greatest ally. To live a truly creative life, we always need to cast a critical look at where we presently are, attempting always to discern where we have become stagnant and where new beginning might be ripening. There can be no growth if we do not remain open and vulnerable to what is new and different. I have never seen anyone take a risk for growth that was not rewarded a thousand times over.”John O’Donohue – To Bless the Space Between Us
Our life is an ongoing dance of endings and new beginnings. Sometimes change is catapulted upon us and other times it comes slowly, gently, and by choice.
Either way, there’s a rhythm to change. It involves a cycle coming to an end, followed by a period of reflection and letting go. This period, also called transition, eventually leads to meaningful insights, clarity, and the renewed energy to launch a new chapter.
The pace and timing of the process are unique to each of us. Sometimes the dance goes two steps forward and other times, one step backwards. During these times, when we may feel unsure, hesitant and maybe a little afraid, we often wish for someone to walk along side us and listen without judgement.
Nineteen years ago, I launched my coaching practice to provide support, guidance, and inspiration to people who were struggling with work-life balance and change. Nineteen years later, and having gone through many changes myself, my practice and I are still evolving.
Here, I attempt to share the tools and processes that I’ve discovered and developed over the years to help you find peace, clarity and purpose in the midst of life’s ups and downs.
As a certified Seasons of Change® Master Coach, I use the Seasons of Change model in my work with people in transition. The model was created by Carol McClelland Fields, Ph.D. and has become a guiding force for me since 2006.
Below I have included an overview of The Seasons of Change. As you read through, pay attention to how you relate to this model. If you have questions as to how the model can help you with whatever is going on in your life right now, contact me and we can discuss it further.
For those of you who may be considering my online course, The Art of Moving Forward, please note that The Seasons of Change model will be part of the curriculum.
The Seasons of Change Overview
Developed by Carol McClelland, Ph.D.
Every time a change occurs in your life, you embark on a transition journey illustrated here with the seasons. Follow the spiral to discover the practical steps you can take to grow through life’s inevitable ups and downs.
Imagine that this is an upward moving spiral that continues forever. Think of the seasons as a metaphor for the phases of any transition journey. These seasons may, or may not, match the seasons unfolding outside your window.
In any given transition, you move from Summer – a time when all is going well in your life – through Fall, Winter, Spring up to a new level of Summer.
Most of us have grown up believing that to be successful, we must remain in Summer at all times. But then, any change that takes us off our line of success is a threat to be avoided at all costs. There is another way.
If we see change as a naturally occurring event – much like the change of seasons – then we can embrace change as a gift and an invitation to improve and enhance our lives.
To grow through life’s inevitable ups and downs, we must move through each season in turn.
The Seasons of Change: The Transition Journey
Fall – Sensing a Shift in Your Life and Preparing for What’s to Come
Early Winter – Retreating, Reflecting and Reconnecting with Your Deep Nature
Winter Solstice – Catching Sparks of Hope in the Darkness
Late Winter – Exploring and Experimenting to Firm Up Your Vision for the Future
Spring – Bursting into Bloom and Putting Your Plan into Action
Summer – Celebrating Your Harvest
In The Art of Moving Forward course, participants will have the opportunity to complete the Seasons of Change Questionnaire, explore the Seasons of Change in depth, and identity the Season they’re in during their personal transition journey.
If you have any questions about the Seasons of Change model, reach out via my Contact page.