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 be experiencing a sense of loss or mourning for what has gone before, especially if it didn’t turn out in the way you wanted.
This can happen with projects and roles and also with relationships: before we can engage fully with 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 when so much is churning and changing, all at once, everyone you meet is likely to be experiencing some kind of ending, or beginning, or both.
Realising this is the first step towards managing the process better — both for yourself and for others.
And that 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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