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I have been doing a lot of soul-searching over the last months and year, and am transitioning in terms of career and private life. Because I think this is what lots of other people are doing, in their search for higher consciousness and ‘ forms of being’, I wanted to share my lessons and insights with you, hopefully as guidance to others who feel they are kind of ‘floating’ in their life journey at this moment.

First, what does it feel like, to ‘transition’? If any of the below are bits and pieces you are experiencing, then join the club folks! Nothing to be scared about, although I know, it feels pretty scary. 🙂

Below I mention three according to me major signs you are in a transition, and share a bit of how I deal with each, and how I use it to ride the wave of change. 🙂

– You feel like at least some of the people you know currently are somehow draining your energy. That is okay. This is because you are on a journey, and they are part of your past. They may not be part of your future when you reach your next destination point.

Either draw the boundaries while still remaining in touch and meeting up with those people, or just take distance. Explain it to yourself this has nothing to do with them, or you, it is a natural course of change in life. Accept, that is the only way to change.

Those who are really your friends will understand. Some of them, especially those who expect you to respect them, might get upset. Just accept all these aspects and remain in your bubble. You need your bubble to weave the threads of your new life. 🙂

– You are often gripped by fear. Oh well, that is a sign you are really doing some work on yourself and are on a journey.

When this happens, accept your fear. Then examine all the options. What is really the worst that can happen? Look into it, is it that you may not be able to stay where you are? Then think of where else you could go. Is that really going to be so bad? Probably not. Think of all the times you have been faced with something impossible and yet you have been able to make it. Dance with your fear, and transform it into something more positive and beautiful. Remember that unless we have fear we can also not have courage. So fear is actually a pretty good thing. 😉

– You feel like you are on the pulse of something, but that thing is yet to be discovered and created by you. Well that is the most exciting part, and a clear call you need to keep doing. Just keep on doing, but not senselessly, and be active, not just in your deeds, but also in your mind.

Explore whatever it is you wish to change. Is it life balance? Then live it, take risks from your current point of view, experiment.

Is it a new stage in your relationships? Then bring it around in a steady way, accepting that everything is about discovery and that all that happens is just feedback and feedback loops.

Is it about a new way of living your intimate relationship and love life? Well then, take a risk, watch how you feel and experiment with feeling good, no matter what. Focus on things that give you energy and remove the ones that are not.

What really helps here is making it clear to you what your life principles are, and accepting these might not be everyone else’s. And yes, we all have principles according to which we live our lives. It is our mission in life to proclaim these and as much as possible live our life accordingly.

At the same time though, we will come across people and situations that are not build according to the same principles, or just don’t have strong principles. When this happens, recognise, and move swiftly forward. It is no one’s fault. It is just not your thing. The Universe is big and with space for everything in it. We are best at remaining true to ourselves when we maximise our value, that is invest energy, but do not overload with it. That way we save ourselves for when we are truly in our element. Life is simple, we only need to enhance what we stand for in it.

All the above is a process and comes around through self-awareness. Yes, you can. If you are in a transition, then think of as a gift. You will learn so much. If you are in it, you can take it. You are meant to be in it because you are strong and worthy. It is your chance. 🙂

I find these help me on my journey. Are they also helping you?

Wishing you a great time being a mindful human being. 🙂

eleonora brigliatori

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I just read this really excellent article by Bill Barnett in the Harvard Business Review Blog. It is called ”When Choosing a Job, Culture Matters”. I highly recommend it not only to job seekers, but also to anyone who’s looking for herself/himself in the organisation where she/he works, especially those who are not that happy with these organisatons and how they do what they do.

Organisational culture, or organisational mindset, is something I have already explored in another post. The culture within the organisation, the team, and so on where we work, is key to whether we can be successful in it. It is a key determinant, almost as important, if not more important than what the organisation or the team actually does.

Despite this, when we look for jobs, we often look for such in organisations that do something we believe in, be it reducing poverty, feeding the hungry, saving the displaced-by-disasters, developing social businesses, driving the digital revolution, and so forth. As we do this, we rarely ask the ”culture” and ”mindset” questions.

Personally, having worked with a variety of organisations for already more than nine years, and having experienced a variety of cultures, and having struggled a number of times, I am at a point where I think culture is more important than organisation purpose.

Think this scenario:

You have high integrity. You are environmental sustainability minded. You believe in business that is both responsible and sustainable. You value and respect others and expect them to value and respect you. You are focused on doing the right thing, always, and are prepared to work hard by yourself and with others to figure out what that is and then implement it. You are open to learning and new experiences. You believe in that real, all-encompassing and overturning change is the result of many working well together, not just a few doing their own thing. You believe in working with all the stakeholders. You are competitive and like winning. You are exhilarated by the possibility of winning a contest based on nothing but your abilities and outstanding performance. You have a vigorous approach to both practice and research. You want to make a difference in this world.

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You join an oil and gas company. Doesn’t make sense, right? How will you ever contribute to a business that is socially responsible and brings environmental sustainability to the world from within there? What this company does is in stark opposition with your values. But, think again, is it?

As it turns out, the oil and gas company has a culture that greatly suits what your personality needs in order to succeed. It is transparent when it comes down to promotions, and, because of the nature of the the business, there is a deep and shared commitment to health and safety. The people there want to do good (albeit it may sound like a paradox to you initially). They don’t want any spills. They want to innovate solutions to extracting the oil and gas in the depths of the Earth, solutions that do not damage it in the long term, solutions that do not cause and precipitate earthquakes, solutions that are clean and minimal in terms of impact. Furthermore, they are investing in renewable energy and are well familiar with how challenging is to produce such sustainably. They want to tackle this as a corporation. They are looking for the answers, together. There is respect for points of view different than yours. Knowledge sharing and knowledge management catalyse good practices emerging from the bottom-up, and scale them up through corporately adopted solutions. It is all bubbling inside that company, actually. There is urgency to innovate and plenty of commitment to doing good.

And so, surprisingly, culture-wise the company is a good fit for you, which is also why you took the job. You know it will be hard and challenging at times, but the culture is there to support you and carry you on its waves. Besides, a little bit of hardship and challenge is what you welcome to make things interesting and really make it possible for you to achieve your vision and goals.

Makes sense?

While this example is entirely fictitious, it helps to illustrate the point.

Culture, and not organisation purpose per se, is what creates conditions for us to succeed, to show and put to work what we are capable of, and to achieve our personal visions. The right culture is what brings it all out, connects us deeply with our colleagues and stakeholders, and makes it possible for us to run fast yet never be tired.

In a similar way, the people we work with, how they are, their aspirations and ways of working, their motivations and integrity are almost as important if not more important that what we actually do together with these people. And, this is because, if there is chemistry inherent to how we work together, we are willing to listen, learn together, change the course of action and even re-examine and change our values. If the culture is good, we are genuinely putting ourselves at work and positive growth can emerge. This is why culture, and that chemistry that imbues our teamwork with others, is by the far the most important prerequisite for us being successful, happy and satisfied at the workplace.

If you are reading this and are not happy with your work, think why that might be. Think what it is about it that is stopping you. Think of how to overcome it. If the only way of doing this is by joining another organisation (and leaving your current one), do that, don’t be complacent. It is all about growth in the end. Making yourself a success is the one most important thing you want to achieve in your life.

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