How to Know Which Phase You're In
The seasons have changed again. It's definitely Winter in South Eastern Australia. There is snow on the hills, heavy rain (at last) and the temperature has dropped.
It's time to plant new crops in the vegetable garden, and rake up leaves when the weather permits.
It's a time of transition. Some plants are dormant. Others are coming into bloom. Some of my plants seem undecided. The changeable weather appears to have kept some of them in limbo. They're still growing and their potential isn't obvious yet.
I think people are a bit the same, especially when we are in a career transition.
Some of us are dormant, and not ready to grow. Some of us have potential that we can't identify yet. Some of us are ready to be in full bloom.
Which one sounds the most like you right now?
The mistake we often make is thinking a career transition will be undeviating and easy. We imagine stepping upwards is the only way to go. I know from the experiences of my coaching clients and my own career, that this isn't always so.
In this HBR podcast, Whitney Johnson says:
"I think the biggest misconception is that when we look back on it, it looks very, very linear and yet, the reality is you go up and then you step back. And then you go up and then you step back. And you go up and you step back. And I think it’s rare that when we’re making a transition that we’re able to just go from step to step to step. Almost always there’s a step back in order to slingshot forward."
For me, Johnson's comments are helpful. Like changing seasons, the in-between times won't necessarily flow smoothly. What we think will be straight-forward might not be.
There are ways to identify where you're at. Whether you are full of unrealised potential or ready to bloom. Knowing which phase you're in can help you move toward the transition that's best for you.
If this resonates, I've developed a brief diagnostic to help you. Message me here and I'll send you a copy.
In the meantime, have an insightful fortnight.