If you have ever felt that you have not reached your full potential and know there is more, The Transformation Cycle is an easy three steps process that can be used to create your path to a fulfilled life, personally and professionally. The steps are easy to implement and will provide small tips for creating a life strategy and boosting self-confidence. Self-trust comes with finding solutions, achieving new, revisiting old ways, putting things into practice, and trying it out.
The Transformation Cycle is set as Regroup, Relive, and Remotion, which uses the past to move forward, build assurance, and strengthen resilience in a fun and lighthearted manner to give the courage to move into a fulfilling future. It is a great tool to grow professionally and personally. It resets the thinking foundation of each being to make life more balanced.
In my experience, starting with Regrouping and looking back is a very wholesome process.
No need to dwell on the bad experiences of life or the negative people we had around us. Back in 2009, Dr. Jordi Quoidbach, Dr. Alex Wood, and R. Michel Hansenne published in The Journal of Positive Psychology an article and research named: Back to the Future: The Effect of daily practice of mental time travel into the future on happiness and anxiety. This study found that imagining positive future events (which can involve reflecting on positive past experiences) can increase feelings of happiness and reduce anxiety. Participants who practiced mental time travel into positive future events for several minutes a day for one week reported greater happiness and reduced anxiety compared to those who did not engage in this practice.
Regrouping is about experiencing the joy of the past and going as far as when we were five years old, checking pictures and movies and rediscovering what fulfilled us: the activities, the plays, the friends, the sports, and many more.
As children, we naturally let our intuition guide us toward what we enjoy the most and what we are meant to do. We are unapologetically bold and willing to try many things; our brain has “carte blanche,” and we do not have bias, so we are likely to be more adventurous. Regrouping is a blissful time while we go down memory lane and revive forgotten childhood moments that could be revisited, a bit like an old recipe that can be modernized.
Then it is time for Reliving.
However, all those beautiful memories may bring carefree moments. They will put smiles on our faces, sparkles in our eyes, motivation in our hearts, and fuel our brains and heart. This does not mean that we need to drop what we are currently doing, but it suggests that we should relive them and see if they bring joy again. In one of my workshops, one participant said, “At the beginning of my career, I used to volunteer at a professional college to help women find their style in fashion, and I loved this. It gave me such a feeling of making a difference in the world; it was rewarding. I love fashion, but I have completely forgotten about it. I left it aside because I felt that I was not trendy enough, so I should not pretend to be the most fashionista. But you know what? I will relive this and see if that is what I want to re-explore!” She first signed up for a New York fashion show as an on-looker to see if she liked the vibe, the energy, and the concepts; that was her first step to relive. There are many ways to feel joy again; this process is fun.
Relive can be a long process, as most people want or should revive a few elements of the past. It is essential to be thorough before turning on the engine and moving into remotion.
Remotion is the planning step.
Making a list of items to strategize and roll out the timeline, concept, and philosophy. We frame our objectives and goals and interlace them with the moment that brought us joy. We make decisions, some easy and some hard, and we action them, put them in motion. This part is all about perseverance, resilience, and self-trust. Remotion can last for years; in that case, we may need to go back to regroup briefly to define if this is the right path. I believe remotion is the one that requires the most energy. Someone said once: “It is all about the first step” Well, I have to say the first step is essential, but it is all about the momentum of the early stages; one step is not enough.
The Transformation Cycle is the practice of enhancing personal life.
Searching for fulfillment and balance can be challenging; the Transformation Cycle will do just that. As we practice the method consistently, good habits will soon create a new blueprint and bring harmony, balance, and excitement without anxiety. Self-confidence is the pillar to feeling good about making changes and bold decisions and, in turn, feeling good about ourselves, and if we can harmonize the connection between self and life, then a lot can go right.
It is a system for learning and development.
The learning and development landscape is constantly evolving and changing to meet the needs of the employee and organization. There are many ways, such as personalization, digitalization, continuous learning, social learning, and soft skills. The Transformation Cycle should be used to align the professional and personal life to identify an upskilling program. In this setting, such as learning and development, the cycle allows L&D professionals to make sure the path designed by the company is both for the benefit of the individual and the establishment, which should meet the person’s character and add to their personal growth. Growth in the professional environment should be connected to a person’s values and essence. The value of the company and the individual must be in synergy to build a bright and robust future for both parties.
In the age of “the great resignation,” companies are often no longer adequate in how they do training assessments; adding a nurturing and wholesome component to create a more purposeful path with HR professionals can make a big difference in how teams will regard the company they are working with. A study conducted by Deloitte found that personalized learning and interest led to higher levels of engagement, better retention of knowledge, and improved performance. The study also found that employees who received personalized learning were likelier to feel that their employer cared about their professional development.
The good future is about finding moments of real happiness, feeling whole, and concretely being able to put a simple plan to transform your personal and professional life for a most fulfilling existence.