As you start out on the journey towards your next goal, you and the people around you are likely to be feeling excited. But at the same time, part of you might experience a sense of mourning and loss for what has gone before, especially if it didn’t turn out the way you wanted.
This can happen with jobs and roles and it can happen with relationships: before we can move on to life as it is going to be we first have to let go of life as it once was.
Or as the Roman philosopher Seneca put it,
“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”
In a time of so much churning and change, everyone you meet is likely to be experiencing some kind of ending, or beginning, or both.
Realising this is the first step towards managing it better — both for yourself and the people around you.
And knowing how to manage better it is another step towards becoming antifragile.
Have you ever started out on a new relationship, project, or role only to find yourself pining for what had gone before? Would you like to manage this process better next time, either for yourself or for the people who matter most to you?
Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.
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