There are a lot of people changing roles (or jobs) lately. Re-orgs seem to be happening everywhere. Those big changes, whether you wanted them or not, usually come with heaping loads of unknown. I have a bunch of friends who are experiencing this right now, as well as my family.

  • What’s this new job going to be like?

  • What’s this changing role going to be like??

  • What’s this new team/org/business going to be like???

It can be exciting for some, and super uncomfortable for many. Where are you on that scale? Being in a state of transition from “what was” to “what is” can naturally bring up anticipation around “not knowing” and an anchoring feeling of nostalgia. We like Camp Certainty – it’s safe, it’s expected, it’s predictable.

What’s helped me?

3 self-coaching practices:

  1. “This is all invented.” – taken from the book The Art of Possibility, this cue helps me sort through assumptions I’m making that are telling me what I see/hear/feel and focusing on a frame I can invent that brings new possibilities. In short, what am I assuming that might not be true, and what’s a new way to think about this?

  2. “Learning beats knowing any day.” – if I’m able to learn something from this, or continue to learn because of it, this will be better for me. Learning starts with curiosity, so I try to stay in a curious mode.

  3. “How can I contribute?” – with a big change, I usually don’t *know* how to contribute (even though I think I do), so I need to ask the question to myself and then explore that by talking to others and giving myself some time to really think about it.

Here are a few resources I’ve enjoyed that are related, maybe you’ll find them interesting and/or helpful:

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