How to embrace change and growth during transitional phases

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Deolu Akinyemi

I learnt a new word today – Liminality!

Liminality refers to the state of being in-between two different states or stages of life, often characterized by ambiguity, disorientation, and uncertainty. This term is commonly used in anthropology and sociology to describe transitional phases in rituals, rites of passage, and cultural practices.

In recent years, the concept of liminality has been applied more broadly to describe periods of transition and change in our personal lives, careers, and society as a whole. These liminal phases can be challenging and uncomfortable, but they also offer opportunities for growth, self-reflection, and transformation.

Are you familiar with liminality in your own life? Have you gone through some rough transitions before? Are you going through any now? Like a popular gospel, the musician said, “if you are going through hell, don’t stop!”

I have had many liminal phases in my career and my business. They can be very stressful times. If you are deliberate, however, you can maximize this time. To maximize the potential of the liminal phase, embracing the uncertainty and ambiguity that comes with it can be helpful, rather than trying to rush through it or avoid it altogether. This may involve taking time for introspection, experimenting with new ideas and behaviours, and seeking out support and guidance from others who have gone through similar transitions.

Some other tips for maximizing the liminal phase include:

1. Practice self-awareness to better understand your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours during this time. Practicing self-awareness involves – Journalling, asking for feedback, reflecting on your values and practicing self-reflection and reflecting on your values. Self-awareness is a practice, not a destination. It takes time and effort but can lead to greater self-understanding and personal growth.

2. Stay open to new experiences and perspectives, and be willing to take risks and try new things. You can do this by deciding to say yes more often, looking for lessons from failure, challenging yourself to do something that you haven’t done before and that scares you, embracing curiosity and much more.

3. Use the liminal phase as an opportunity to reflect on your values, goals, and priorities and make any necessary adjustments.  Take some time to think about what is most important to you in life. Write down a list of your core values, such as integrity, honesty, compassion, or creativity. Evaluate your current goals and determine whether they align with your values. Check your priorities and make a plan of action for going forward based on any adjustments deemed necessary.

4. Seek out support and guidance from friends, family, or professionals, as needed. Don’t go through the phase alone. Keep company with people who can help you put things in perspective.

5. Remember that the liminal phase is temporary, and try to stay focused on the positive potential for growth and transformation that it offers.

 

Kind Regards,

Adeolu Akinyemi.

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