Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes
Transitions Making Sense of Life's Changes First published in 1980, Transitions was the first book to explore the underlying and universal pattern of transition. Recently named one of the fifty most important self-help books of all time, Transitions remains the...
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Transitions Making Sense of Life's Changes First published in 1980, Transitions was the first book to explore the underlying and universal pattern of transition. Recently named one of the fifty most important self-help books of all time, Transitions remains the essential guide for coping with the inevitable changes in life. Transitions takes readers step-by-step through the three perilous stages of any transition, 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: 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 transition: 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.
Whether it is chosen or thrust upon you, change brings both opportunities and turmoil. Since first published 25 years ago, "Transitions" has helped hundreds of thousands of readers cope with these issues by providing an elegantly simple yet profoundly insightful roadmap of the transition process. With the understanding born of both personal and professional experience, William Bridges takes readers step by step through the three stages of any transition: The Ending, The Neutral Zone, and, in time, The New Beginning. Bridges explains how each stage can be understood and embraced, leading to meaningful and productive movement into a hopeful future. With a new introduction highlighting how the advice in the book continues to apply and is perhaps even more relevant today, and a new chapter devoted to change in the workplace, "Transitions" will remain the essential guide for coping with the one constant in life: change.
Bridges is president of William Bridges and Associates and the originator of highly successful transitions seminars on the West Coast.