The Pain and Joy of Being in Transition

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2009 was a year of transition for many of us. Leaving jobs, starting businesses, changing business strategies, facing the power of social media, or whatever it is for you.

I’m currently going through a “birthing” process into a new phase of my business and I’m appreciating how exciting and challenging transitions can be.

Like an unplanned pregnancy, a business transition can sneak up on you and force you to rethink everything from your values to your life purpose. But the idea of the “baby” coming is also thrilling.

I notice so many people are taking this global transition time to embrace what’s really important to them. There’s the joy.

When I first drafted this post a few weeks ago, I was more in the murkiness of the transition, like a baby that was past due and I was getting a bit cranky.

It’s nice to notice that only a few weeks later, I’m fully in the joy of it. The baby is here!

I’m wishing you joy or acceptance of murkiness in whatever birthings are happening for you right now.

The potential is truly amazing if you can embrace it!

Sending sincere thanks to my “midwives”: Nadia, Lisa, Dave, Kelli, Sara, Jaime, Denise, Joe, Angela, Dan, Joan, Bett, and well, everyone that’s listened and cheered me on. It takes a village…

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  • You did it, Val! Not only is this a wonderful story to share with your clients, but also a great motivator for others who are thinking about going into business or changing their current business. I hope you continue to tell you story and share the ups and downs, as those are what create great bonds and get people’s attention!

  • Thanks Angela. Can you tell that your candid blog and your book are inspiring me?

    Just read this fitting quote from Seth Godin’s blog: “Finding the bravery to shun faux reassurance is a critical step in producing important change. Once you free yourself from the need for perfect acceptance, it’s a lot easier to launch work that matters.”
    http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2010/01/no-everything-is-not-going-to-be-okay.html