Be mindful of transitional moments and choose to show up as your best. Not perfect, perfect is a fallacy. But just reaching for something—more.
We have to switch gears very quickly between the roles we play in life. We are switching many many times in a day. Be aware of those transitional moments, and be intentional about how we close out one role and show up to our next. It could be switching between a conversation with a peer about a project, and then switching into a leadership role with a client to navigate a difficult problem.
Those two roles, the two environments, demand a different version of us. The first one with your peer—your intention or goal may be Collaboration or Problem-Solving. But with your client, it might Leadership or Confidence to move them ahead. Another example that is SO RELEVANT in today’s environment is – working parents vacillating between work-mode and parent-mode.
April speaks with a Project Manager about a missed deliverable very differently than she speaks with her 7-year-old about if they can have a pet donkey. Yes, this is a real conversation she’s had.
Brendon Burchard, Best Selling Author, Speaker, and Performance Coach talks about this in his book High-Performance Habits; How Extraordinary People Become That Way. When switching gears, transitioning from one role to the next—acknowledge you’re in a transition, that something must end, for something new to begin. Make the most of it by:
#1 Take two deep breaths and release the tension of the previous role, release unfinished business. For example, leaving boss-mode and going into parent-mode. These deep breaths will allow her to show up right as a parent. And explain that their HOA has a policy against pet donkeys.
#2 Set an intention for how you will show up in this next role. In our example, set the intention of Joy, Love, Present when in parent-mode. If you are managing a project—the intention might be Clarity or Leadership. If supporting a friend through a hard time, it might be Hope.
This is a tough season for many people. Be intentional on how you are showing up for yourself and others.
𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗘𝘅𝗲𝗰𝘂𝘁𝗲!
What can you do today? You will make many transitions today. You have the power to manage your state and to show up how you choose. You are wildly capable. Don’t believe any b.s. story that tells you otherwise.
Today, think about the roles you play in your life. Husband, wife, parent, child, leader, consultant, teacher… and set an intention for them. Take your 2 breaths, release the last role, and show up to your new role—with a clear intention.