Big transitions can be difficult. I’ve transitioned from civilian to soldier and back again. I’ve moved from Virginia to mid-Texas, to the desert of Texas, and a few other places before settling in Mississippi. I have gone from waitress to soldier, to housewife and student. So I have had quite a bit experience jumping from thing to the next, sometimes with very little time to transition. So, I have discovered a few things that help me with these big transitions:
1. Be flexible: you do the best you can, however the unexpected happens. So, if you have to be at a certain place at a certain time, make sure you leave early enough to not only reach your destination on time, but in case of traffic or other delays. If you have a presentation to give, make sure you have a backup thumb drive “just in case”. It’s not about being paranoid, it is about being prepared for every eventually.
- Have several eggs in several baskets: One of my favorite sayings is “don’t put your eggs all in one basket”. I made that mistake quite a few times when I was leaving the Army. Never put all of your stock in one opportunity, whether it is job, new house, etc. Don’t just put in one job applications, put in several. Don’t just buy on pair of shoes, buy three pairs.
- Don’t panic!: I can be a bit of a control freak, so when things don’t go as planned; I have a tendency to freak out. But how does one adjust to the situation if one is bogged down in their emotions. What I do is take a breath and be still. When I do this, the storm usually passes.
You never know when you will have to make a big change in your life, or maybe several big changes. Just expect the unexpected and hopefully the tips above will help you get through the big transition.
Happy Easter to All!!!
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