Whenever I have faced major life transitions, I have experienced an imperious need to make small changes either at home (e.g., remodeling or cleaning up) or to myself (e.g., most typically with a new hairdo or haircut or a change of lens frames).
Last March I started a new, serious and intended, professional transition. Since then, I have experimented various adjustments in my way of living and thinking in many fronts, even beyond the scope of my new project. For example, I went back to school; started writing articles and using social media; reconnected with many colleagues and friends; supported a non-profit organization in its mission to combat corruption in Mexico; enrolled as professor in a recognized Business School; and enjoyed more time with family. And, yes, once again I cut my hair and changed my lens frames.
I was reading an article from the January 2004 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, authored by Martha Beck and entitled “How to Deal with Major Life Changes”, that explains that the best way to navigate any such transition is by understanding the 4-phase process of metamorphosis (i.e., Dissolving, Imagining, Re-forming and Flying) and being able to recognize in which phase are you in, as you go through.
I can see that I am almost done with Phase 2 (Imagining) and about to start Phase 3 (Re-forming). As the article clearly describes, “Phase 2 is all about images: making them up, making them clear, making them possible. Moving through this stage, you’ll start to feel an impulse to go from dreaming (imagining possibilities) to scheming (planning to bring your vision to fruition).”
One of my pending activities to put closure to Phase 2, was to get new profile photos. The one I was using in all my social media was representative of all the great things that I achieved in my previous cycle, but were distant of this new challenge. Thus, I finally had a photoshoot some weeks ago and already got them! I am now ready for Phase 3!