Four B.O.L.D. things to remember when you’re navigating a transition

Four B.O.L.D. things to remember when you’re navigating a transition:

Kanesha Lee Baynard '94
Kanesha Lee Baynard ’94

B   Be okay with being a skilled beginner. Build on what you already know.

O   Own your unique skills and talents. Be creative and apply them to your next job or project.

L   Listen to the internal whispers that tell you, “Your time is now.” You get to create your own timeline.

D   Dedicate time to figuring out what you don’t want to do. This will support you in getting clearer about your “what’s next.”

To combat the exhaustion, fear, and obstacles of getting started when making changes, it’s a good idea to pause and create a personalized well-fitting plan.

The beauty of a well-fitting plan is it has to tap into your natural talents and capabilities. The plan has to be linked to your values, your strengths, and your creativity. You have to be excited about the plan so that you’ll actually do it.

When crafting a well-fitting plan, ask yourself these questions:

  • What is my plan?
  • What did I learn when I had or launched a similar plan?
  • How can I tap into my strengths?
  • How can I access my natural talent(s)?
  • Where should I focus my efforts?
  • Who can help me with this?
  • What is my desired result(s)?
  • What is my timeline or due date?
  • What is my body’s message to me when I think about the plan?
  • Do I need to revise my plan?

Burning out before you have a chance to “go for it” is not a good place to be. If you are ready to make a change and want to create a well-fitting plan, resist the urge to overburden yourself with what you should be doing. Be clear on what you can do, what you don’t want to do, and how you can support yourself while you move forward.