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Pushing Past The Fear Of What's Next

As a leader in your business, organization, or church, it's important to know how to transition through changes in your life. Change isn't always fun. Sometimes the fear of change, can stop you from ever taking steps toward it.

Maybe you know a season of change is around the corner, but you aren't sure how you feel about your transition. Maybe you haven't prepared well for what's ahead, and you're stuck. How do you move from the season you're currently in, to where you know you're supposed to go? How do you finish one season well and walk into the next season prepared? This isn't always easy but it is possible. 

Extraordinary leaders navigate change well internally and externally. They have one foot in their current season, and the other foot ready to take a step into what's next. They illustrate some key practices in overcoming the fear of what's next. You don't have to live apprehensive or stuck, as you navigate change in your life. You can do it well. 

Be Fully Present Where You Are

Sometimes when you're too focused on what's ahead, it can be easy to check out of where you are right now. There's this sense that something's around the corner, and it numbs you to the reality of what's happening all around you. When you are transitioning from your current season into a new one, it's easy to let your guard down. Laziness can creep in. A lack of attention to detail can affect your excellence. If you're not careful, all the habits and values you developed in your current season, can be ignored. It's even possible to leave what you created and worked hard on, in a place of disarray for what's next. Being present means you are fully engaged in the daily grind of your current season. It means that you focus intently on what needs to happen in the time you have left, and leave behind something you're proud of handing off to the person who is stepping in for you. When you do this, you don't ever have to be fearful of what will happen to the place you're leaving behind. You can be confident that you did everything possible to leave something better than how you found it.

Dream About What's Ahead

Sometimes you can be so focused on where you're at, that you fail to imagine and dream about what's ahead. It's possible to be so caught up with your current season, that you're not ready for what's to come. When you're fulfilled and content with where you're, it can be hard to disengage and think critically about the future. This can lead to a general apathy for what's next, leaving you in a bind when your tomorrow becomes your today. You can be so fearful about what's next, that you ignore it entirely. When you lean into what's next, you begin imagining and dreaming of what could be. There's this sense of apprehension and even fear, but it doesn't stop you from facing your future head on. You don't have to let what you enjoy about your present season, box in your possibilities for your next season. You can be confident as you dream, that while your future isn't sure, you are embracing what could be. 

Learn From Those Who've Done It

Sometimes in your season of transition, it's easy to assume that you're alone and that no one else has ever done what you're attempting to. This couldn't be further from the truth. There are probably people you know, situations you've witnessed, or even stories you've heard about, where people have transitioned from one season to the next. Some people transition well, while others don't. The luxury you have, is that you can learn from people who've done it well and those who haven't. It would be incredibly ignorant to disregard what they've learned. Sometimes you don't know how to transition well, because you haven't asked enough people or done enough research. There really is nothing new under the sun, and if you look hard enough, you can learn a lot from those who've gone on before you. 

Don't Waste What You've Learned

Sometimes you can forget the lessons you've learned, and walk blind and be naive about what's next. This is why it's so important to take inventory of your personal development and reflect on what you've walked through. There are obstacles you've overcome, circumstances you've had to persevere through, and life you've had to live. What you've learned is so very valuable. You don't want to have to re-learn those lessons, because you forgot what you've walked through. When you can reflect on and remember the lessons you've learned in your current season, you begin preparing yourself for what's next. You don't have to be fearful of not knowing what to do, because the lessons you've learned on this side of change, will most certainly help you on the other side of change. 

Get Ready To Adapt And Grow

Don't let your current season be the lid on your next. Sometimes you can be so formed and shaped to what your life looks like now, that you're not ready to adapt to what's ahead. You can get so attached to what's worked, that you don't see where you have to grow. Sometimes you have to unlearn some things, so you re-learn what you need to. This only happens if you're willing to embrace the hard work of adapting and growing. It's not always easy, but it's what's necessary if you want to succeed in what's next. There's so much you don't know about what's next; it's important to always be ready to change patterns of thinking, speaking and doing. There really is no other option but to adapt and grow.

"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself."
Leo Tolstoy

"Change before you have to." 
Jack Welch

Share Your Story

Maybe you've recently walked through a transition yourself, or are getting ready to walk through one soon. I'd love to hear about the lessons you've learned and are learning along the way. 

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