March Forward

Okay, a show of hands – How many of you feel that March is the ficklest month of the year? 

I sure do!

To me, the weather here in the Northeast is a BIG reason for this. For example, one day it can be sunny and near 60 degrees. But the very next day can be a windy, cold, soggy day, staying in the low 30’s!

It’s as though March is a unpredictable transitional dance between winter and spring. 

Sometimes I think Mother Nature is just having fun with us! I bet she loves to see us basking in the sunshine. Then decides we should not get too comfortable. She throws another frigid day our way, causing us to scurry back into our winter coats, hats, and gloves.

What similarities do you see between the extreme swings of March weather (in New England) and the way a transition happens in your life? 

I recall many times in my former technology career when I’d decide I really needed to move into a different field. I’d do some research, talk to some people, and get some ideas about what I wanted to do next. I’d get excited because I felt I was marching forward, almost like heading into spring.

Then, whooooosh, I’d convince myself I couldn’t make a change, or that my family would think I was crazy to change careers, etc. It was as though I was being thrown back into winter again! 

Many of my clients have also experienced this very frustrating pattern. They’re marching forward, pleased with their progress (like enjoying a spring day). Then, they’re thrown off kilter because they’re unexpectedly thrown two steps back (like going back into winter coats!).

Can you relate?

Occasionally, March can be a steady progression into spring. 

As one of the sayings states – ‘In like a lion, out like a lamb’. I love when this happens, even though the beginning of the month is brutal, by the end of the month spring has sprung in full!

Some transitions are like this, too. My transition into coaching happened like this! I was in ‘winter mode’ in my job situation at the time. I was eager and motivated to make a change. This time, I worked with a coach to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. By steadily working through the program, I discovered I wanted to be a coach!

This breakthrough wasn’t quite spring, but, the skies were a bit sunnier, and it wasn’t bitter cold any longer. 

I knew I had lots of work to do. I needed to complete my coach training, find clients, figure out how to run a business, etc.

Unlike my previous attempts to change careers, this time I was marching forward and not being thrown back into winter! 

As I designed my transition plan, my career dissatisfaction melted, and it was replaced with clear, blue, sunny skies – I was ready and thrilled to continue to march forward! It was finally spring!

As you can see, transitions, just like the weather in March, can come in a variety of forms.

Learning to trust your transition process is key. It’s important to remember that spring is around the corner. This can help keep you engaged, motivated and hopeful, even if you encounter more winter weather along the way.

Happy Spring!

Helen Kosinski

I'm an ICF credentialed coach and a certified animal communicator. I partner with ever evolving intuitive businesspeople who are on a mission to create a big impact. Before opening my business in 2005, I spent close to 25 years in technology in the financial services industry. Because of my time in corporate, I understand the overwhelm and frustration that keeps businesspeople stuck. I offer my clients unique approaches to gain clarity. This results in dissolving their blocks, getting unstuck and forging ahead to bring their big impact into the world.

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