“How is Change Different from Transition?”

I’m often asked the question, “how is change different from transition?”

The difference between change and transition is like the difference between  external and internal.   Change is the external world around you.  Think of transition as the internal process through which you come to terms with the change.

Transition is about letting go of the way things used to be and reorient yourself to the way things are currently.   Understandably, this is a time to get inside yourself and reflect.

Change is about the door closing and transition is about your decision to search for a new door.  There is an old saying about one door closing and another door opening – here’s the quote:
“When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell (1847 – 1922), scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator.

During transition, it is a time to open new doors for discovery. Transition requires your will to win, your desire to succeed and an urge to reach your full potential.  It is the discovery that leads you to the keys that will unlock the door to your own personal excellence.

About Kate Mulcahy

Kate Mulcahy is principal of Brand New Discovery Inc., a consultant and coach who provides a strategic and creative experience for business leaders, entrepreneurs and forward-thinking individuals who want to fully optimize or refocus their professional lives. Applying her extensive leadership, marketing and communications experience, Mulcahy leads you closer to a higher level of thinking by encouraging you to prioritize your goals and objectives for what you plan to achieve both personally and professionally. Her imaginative, optimistic, and engaging approach leads to reinventing, rediscovering and defining what’s possible for yourself and your personal brand.
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