Episode #103: How to Handle Transitions in our Lives

By June 13, 2016Blog, Leadership, Podcast

In this episode of the L3 Leadership Podcast, Doug Smith shares lessons he’s learned about seasons of transitions in our lives. Whether you feel like you’re about to transition, you are in transition, or you know one day you will, we hope the lessons in the episode encourage you.

Episode #103: How to Handle Transitions in our Lives



Why I’m Writing this Lesson

Over the last five years, I’ve talked to so many leaders about seasons of transition in their lives. Some people feel like a transition is coming, some people are transitioning, of those, some were good transitions and some were bad.

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What do to in Good Transitions: Promotion, Becoming a Parent, Getting Married, Etc.

4 Questions to Ask Yourself 
1. What priorities would I have to shift as a leader?
2. What skill sets will I need to improve in order to ready for the next level?
3. What disciplines will I have to up in my category?
4. What temptations will I need to be aware of?

Uncomfortable Transitions

There are also the endings that are forced upon us, endings we do not choose but that we cannot work through very well either. As a result, we remain in pain or stuck, unable to pursue a new phase in life. These endings include divorce, being fired or laid off, death of a loved one, disintegration of a friendship, chronic illness, and so on. We do not choose these endings; they are thrust upon us by people we have trusted or sometimes by truly horrible events in life. If we are not prepared or have had too many losses before, these endings can render us broken, depressed, and floundering, sometimes for years. -Henry Cloud

Sometimes God has to dry up the Well, Often, They are Not Pleasant Times

I Kings 17:5-9, it says, “So Elijah did as the Lord told him and camped beside Keith Brook, east of the Jordan. 6 The ravens brought him bread and meat each morning and evening, and he drank from the brook. 7 But after a while the brook dried up, for there was no rainfall anywhere in the land. 8 Then the Lord said to Elijah,9 “Go“.
But the ones who don’t believe in seasons think that it is going to last forever. So believe in life cycles and seasons. They are real.” -Henry Cloud

Never Put a Period where God puts a comma! -Pastor John Nuzzo
Do Not Get Bitter about Your Last Season

Isaiah 26:3 He’ll keep you in perfect peace whose eyes are fixed on Him!

*If you don’t have peace, you’re not looking to Him.

They often didn’t change, you did!

Determine Why You are in a Season of Transition and Learn the Lessons You Need to Learn from It


When we fail to end things well, we are destined to repeat the mistakes that keep us from moving on. -Henry Cloud

In Times of Transition, You Find the Unhealthy Places You Were Finding Your Value

When you find your identity in anything you can lose, if you lose it, you’re in danger of having a crisis. -Keith Moore


Ministry (Success) is not a Job, Ministry (Success) is Who You Are, Where You Are


If God’s Called You to do Something, He’s the Only One that Can take that Away

God is Bigger than the Last Season of Your Life

Be Grateful for the Last Season of Your Life and the Impact you Made

Recognize that God wants you to get where God wants you to go more than You want to get where You want to Go

Without the ability to end things, people stay stuck, never becoming who they are meant to be, never accomplishing all that their talents and abilities should afford them. -Henry Cloud

Soon, It will Be Better than It’s Ever Been


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