I’m sticking with the William Bridges’ book, Transitions, for the today and tomorrow.
The second area we encounter during a time of change according to Bridges is The Neutral Zone. The tough thing about The Neutral Zone is that it is…well…tough. Bridges recommends a few strategies to get through The Neutral Zone: find some time on a regular basis to be by yourself, take this time as an opportunity to find out what you really want, make no dramatic decisions (this is called rushing to action), and relax (maybe even take off on a short retreat) and simply work through the time doing whatever simple things you do to get through your day.
The Neutral Zone is a time to adjust to the Endings and prepare for New Beginnings. The worst part of The Neutral Zone is that if you are an action-oriented person you want things to MOVE and they don’t. This can be excruciatingly stressful.
Someone who kinda takes things as they come may have an easier time with The Neutral Zone.
Here’s a connection that fits this time of year: College football coaches say the best thing about freshmen is that they become sophomores. The best thing about The Neutral Zone is that it is the doorstep to New Beginnings.
The workplace is changing so dramatically and so quickly that we are often in Neutral Zones, not of our own making. Learning to deal with the anxiety and ambiguity of today’s workplace…today’s life…are skills for the 21st Century lifestyle.