Today, our nation is going through significant change. We, as a nation, must know how best to achieve our change goals. (File pix)

CHANGE is constant, yet some changes have more impact than others.

Today, our nation is going through significant change. We, as a nation, must know how best to achieve our change goals.

To do that, we must know how to manage the transition phase.

Change has three phases: the present, the transition and the desired future. We need to let go of the comfort and security of the present to achieve change goals.

However, we cannot skip the transition phase, that is, the uncomfortable period of change.

For example, if we exercise after a long period of inactiveness, we will go through a transition phase of muscle pain. But if we are willing to stay the course and persist, the pain will go away. Only then will we achieve the desired change.

How to manage the transition phase? Don’t fight it. The more you fight, the longer it stays.

The transition phase has no expiry as it is not real. It exists only in our minds, a mental burden or an artificial boundary.

Once we accept the transition phase with an open heart, the pain will slip away.

In the office, you may have to deal with a new boss. At home, a new family member.

As a young Malaysian, changing from being a student to a working adult. As a nation, moving from race- or religion-based politics to one that is more inclusive and muhibbah.

The sooner we let go and embrace the transition phase, the faster we leap forward.

When to manage the transition phase? That change is constant is now a cliché. Since change is constant, we will always be in the transition phase.

To succeed, we need to find a balance and comfort in transition.

Unity is a work in progress. Our economy too. How we prepare future generations will also need constant making and remaking.

We must be willing to change and change again, or become obsolete.

This makes the ability and willingness to manage the transition phase a skill and attitude that we all must have.

Peace.

ANAS ZUBEDY

Kuala Lumpur



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