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  • Empty nesting, redundancy and even marriage may have this effect on your identity, and how your previously saw yourself
  • Time alone during transitions allows a form of ‘rite of passage’ which would have been a tradition in older societies in order to grow…

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  • 1. ‘ Aha’ moments for Women Of A Certain Age www.smartstepslifecoach.com www.smartstepslifecoach.com
  • 2. www.smartstepslifecoach.com
  • 3. www.smartstepslifecoach.com
  • 4. Transitions include
    • The nice ones:
    • Graduation
    • Leaving home
    • Getting married
    • Buying a home
    • Starting a family
    • Getting a promotion
    • Starting a business
    • Achieving a dream
    • The nasty ones:
    • Adolescence
    • Divorce
    • Redundancy
    • Bereavement
    • Mid life crisis*
    • Serious illness
    www.smartstepslifecoach.com
  • 5. And the ambivalent ones…
    • These are the transitions where you might have expected to have felt really positive, but leave you feeling confused…
    • Motherhood
    • Job promotion
    • Relocation to new home
    • Marriage
    • Your youngest child leaving home
    • Success
    • Retirement
    www.smartstepslifecoach.com
  • 6.
    • The person we thought we were has changed
    • The situation that we were familiar with has changed
    • We are not sure what will happen next
    • We don’t know what to do next
    • We don’t know what we want
    • … we just don’t know any more!
    www.smartstepslifecoach.com
  • 7. Ending Ending Beginning… Ending “ The fog” www.smartstepslifecoach.com
  • 8.
    • “ Are the first phase of the transition process and a precondition of self –renewal.”
    • William Bridges – Making sense of Life’s Changes
    www.smartstepslifecoach.com
  • 9. Kubler-Ross 5 stage grief model www.smartstepslifecoach.com
  • 10. Endings come in stages too: www.smartstepslifecoach.com
  • 11. Losing your identity
    • The disidentification stage may involve:
    • Loss of a role that previously guided your behavior
    • Lack of a ‘label’ for yourself
    • Not sure who you are or who you want to become
    • “ What am I? Who am I?”
    www.smartstepslifecoach.com
  • 12.
    • The key activities that I encourage my clients to do include:
    • Journaling
    • Nurturing themselves
    • Time alone
    • Identifying core values
    www.smartstepslifecoach.com
  • 13.
    • Obstacles you will probably face…
    • Your own inner resistance at taking the steps forward
    • Fear of the unknown
    • Your inner critic
    • Procrastination
    www.smartstepslifecoach.com
  • 14.
    • Some small steps you can take…
    • Keep in mind that when you are ready to make the new beginning, the opportunity will present itself
    • Listen to your emotional signals
    • Begin to identify with the final result – what will it look and feel like
    • Do something everyday, however small, that moves you forward
    • Remember that this is part of a journey, never the end destination
    www.smartstepslifecoach.com
  • 15.
    • … the laundry
    • (Zen proverb)
    www.smartstepslifecoach.com