Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Give Yourself Some Breathing Room

Buddha said to clear a space around you so new things can come into your life, or something to that effect. William Bridges, the author of best-selling books on life's transitions, advises you to spend time in the "neutral zone" between letting go of the old and embracing the new.

Giving yourself time to refresh your thinking and explore new options may seem an out-of-reach luxury in today's difficult economy. I know several people who are doing just that - leaving a long-term position to make room for other interests or working to turn a passion into a business.

You may start with clearing space in your head - tossing out stale mental models and attitudes and putting yourself and the possibilities in a new light. Whether you are ready for a big change or a more modest transition, give yourself some breathing room. Buddha knows best.

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