Week 21 – How Changes Is Different From Transitions

Change is all around us and it forces many, pilule unwillingly at times, healing to adjust to a new reality.  Change comes in many forms – in relationships, career, health, birth or disasters.  It can be positive or negative.  For example, the loss of a job is often a difficult change while the birth of a child if a positive change.  Yet both require adjustments.  Where change is an event, the transition through change is the emotional adjustment we make as a result of a change.  The adjustment or transition from the current state to a future state can be challenging.

When faced with a significant change, our perspective on what that change means will either be one of opportunity for growth or something that impacts us negatively.  The personal transition that accompanies any change is where the real work happens. There are many reasons why transitioning through change can be challenging.

  • Past experiences through change can impact how we see change this time around.
  • Our level of ability to cope and adjust to a new change.  Everyone is different.
  • The magnitude of the change itself.  The more disruptive it is, the more difficult the transition will be.
  • The impact change has on our lives, positive or negative.

Ultimately, we have to make a choice about how to deal with change.  We get to choose if we will work through the change of let it work us over.  Join me next time for some tips on how to manage positively and with resilience through any change.


Dianne is a certified coach who helps individuals thrive as they successfully manage the dynamics of incessant demands; and the author of a new book: If There Are No Limits… A guide to living with passion, purpose and possibilities. For more information, visit the book page on this website. 

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Dianne Gaudet is a certified Coach who is passionate about helping her clients manage the dynamics of continual life transitions as they reach new heights of personal and professional success. Helping Boomers create rich and inspired lifestyle plans for the retirement life they want is one of her greatest joys. Dianne is the author of a new book, If There Are No Limits... A guide to living with passion, purpose and possibilities. She is also a motivational speaker, teacher and world traveller.