Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Transition Lag

A friend of mine recently commented that it took me quite a bit of time to transition from one state to another. He was suggesting that when I was in public event mode and personal friend mode there was a lag or time period wherein I did not switch well from one role to another.

It got me thinking about the idea of roles and transitions...

  • Maybe there is no lag as I am simply being me in each phase and it's simply others perception of me that is out of phase.
  • Maybe there is a lag and that's OK. Maybe others need to be mindful that people do need to shift gears.
  • Maybe there is a lag and I can do something to shorten the gap?

What do you think?

As you approach the holiday period, think about the roles you play and whether you need to be mindful of the transition. Stephen Covey wrote about the 78 major roles in your life in his book, First Things First. He suggested that clarity around who you are being in each dimension of your life allowed you to choose how to spend your time, energy and attention.

a) List out your key roles.
b) Identify if you have major phases to your day and if there is any transition lag between those that intersect.


1 comment:

  1. Transition Lag is a physical state. Deep embodiment of a state, immersion in ones senses being in a state of flow (Csikszentmihalyi), is one way of being and a highly enjoyable one. Can imagine wanting to stay with it, relish and roll around in it for as long you can.

    One of my favourite things as a performance Improvisor is to shift between physical states very quickly (looks very quirky and a little nuts but fun!), keeping a state of mindful awareness whilst being in action is the key. Then you have choice, the other containing habitual ways of being. Habits vs choices.

    Immersion and surrendering to your senses and feelings and the 'high' of being witnessed (performance) in an energetic exchange is subjectively great, but for others a bit like having to listen to the poetry you wrote last night after half a bottle of wine and you still think its great!

    Take a moment, Relish, notice, breathe, discover where the energy, sensation resides in your body, give thanks to it, notice its quality, play with it, shift it around into different body parts, put it 'out' into space, sit quietly for a moment, breathe, hands on your centre, ground your feet into the earth, notice what has happened to that energy state, and next ........ and you were saying....... oh your lawn mower broke down .....

    Take a little time for the rest of you (the other personalities of you) to catch up.

    Identity as physical states or ways of being.

    Enjoy the in between states, opportunity for learning, awareness and mindful attention, listen to 'em. Creative opportunity to have some fun me thinks!

    Helen O