Lost in Transition — my Top Ten gains

Transition periods, be it in life’s unexpected changes or a personal challenge you’ve set yourself for the New Year will always take some adjustment.

According to the Chinese calendar, the year 2017 is the year of the Fire Rooster. The Chinese say this year people will be politer and less stubborn, but will have a tendency to complicate things. So to keep things simple, here are my top 10 things learned from my Ironman Transitions (the part where you swap between the three disciplines!) I’ve found these are applicable to workplace transformations too:

  1. Stay calm but don’t dawdle — inaction will paralyze moving forward.
  2. Practice and consider all outcomes — action will create learnings.
  3. Time lost here will affect future motivation and can negatively impact upon goals already achieved. (Time gained here gives unbounded joy and energy!)
  4. Thorough planning is everything: Fail to plan, plan to fail.
  5. Know your plan inside out, break it down into digestible pieces.
  6. Communicate! Especially with those there to help you. Don’t worry about what others are doing at this stage — focus on your own outcomes and relevant methods.
  7. Stay nourished and get plenty of sleep — before, after and during. Avoid energy vampires.
  8. Bring your A-Game and remember everything changes, like the weather! Be prepared and adaptable for unpredictability. Flexibility of mind and body is your friend.
  9. Cut your losses: Have a backup plan in case of failure — but keep it contained so as not to detract from your master plan.
  10. Don’t lose sight of the end goal — stay focused and happy, celebrating the small victories along the way.

And In-keeping with Chinese New Year, always be kind.

Perhaps you’ve done a triathlon (or something out of your comfort zone) and can relate to the wisdom gained to add to your toolkit?