Transitions takes listeners step-by-step through the three perilous stages of any life passage, explaining how each stage can be understood and embraced. Offering an elegantly simple yet profoundly insightful roadmap for successfully navigating change and moving into a hopeful future, the process is ever relevant and applicable today. Among the subjects covered:
Endings. Every transition begins with one. Too often we misunderstand them, confuse them with finality: "That's it, all over, finished!" Yet how we recognize endings is key to how we can begin anew.
The Neutral Zone. The second hurdle of transitions: a seemingly unproductive "time-out" when we feel disconnected from people and things in the past and emotionally unconnected to the present. Yet the neutral zone is really a time of reorientation. How can we make the most of it?
The New Beginning. In transitions, we come to beginnings only at the end, when we launch new activities. To make a successful new beginning requires more than simply persevering. It requires an understanding of external signs and inner signals that point the way to the future.
©2004 William Bridges; (P)2007 Gildan Media Corp
Clear, useful, at times rambling on
Only listened to this one
The clear differentiation between the process of change which is external and transition which is an internal process was very useful. Also the notion that these two processes necessarily do not happen at the same time will help to be aware when working towards creating change, as for change to be successful transition is also required. The book speaks about personal issues in life but to me the principal the book discusses applies to organisations as well. The practical questions it offers when looking at change is also quite useful:
“… 1- What are the indications that your work life is in transition? change is only change, transition is more inwardly, moving from one chapter to the next. 2- what is the developmental context of this work life transition? put in words the personal and career issues. What title you can give to this transition? what is the title of the next chapter? 3- Imagine that you are really old, 90. Look back and see yourself now. Then you will know what was going on now. You may also know how they may turned out if you had taken a different path from that vantage point look and identify of the timing of change and the sign. What feeling you have with your situation now?”
No, only found it useful
I recommend the book to anyone who is going through a change/transition in life. It helps get a better rational understanding of the process of change in life and therefore deal with it more efficiently.
"Empowering for anyone going through a transition!"
From the most trusted voice on transition, I can see why this was a National Bestseller. This empowering audio offers strategies for coping with the difficult, painful, and confusing times in life - and don't we all have those! This is a great audio to give to anyone you know who is going through uncertainty and change.
"Useful and grounding if a bit dated."
Don't rush the period between and ending and a new beginning. Accept the chaos and ambivalence as part of the process.
A worthwhile listen.
"A Reference Guide for Life"
This book ranks in the top 10 best books I've read/listened to regarding self assessment. I am writing this review after listening to it for the 2nd time.
Too many to choose, listen to the book for yourself as so many points are speaking to the core.
To not dwell on the endings of anything but instead to be optimistic of the new beginning that end has bought me. I've always known that since my early 20's but keeping it as an active thought in mind is the challenge. As I get older, I think it's sticking more.
"Extremely helpful insights"
This book is a classic for a reason. It articulates what is difficult to describe: what it means to be a growing and changing human being.
I was disappointed with this book because I thought it would have more material related to transitions of various kinds. It seemed to be geared toward marriages and other personal relationships.
No, it had no redeeming qualities for me.
"Right book at right time"
If you going through a transition in your life, feeling unclear on directions, have had many life changes, this is the right book for that time.
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