What Is The Consummate Transitioner?In November 2008, after much thought and reflection, I created the term The Consummate Transitioner. I cannot reasonably tell you why. I suppose it was from divine direction or intervention… something inside of me told me to proceed in this direction. It cannot be simply explained… but it was something about the term that stuck with me? Perhaps, it was a potpourri of my upbringing, faith and sense of spirituality, military experiences, work life experiences, or a deep and abiding creative and unquenchable passion for expression, that drove me to create the phrase or term. Even though I knew what the words consummate and transitioner meant to me individually, I struggled to define the term with purpose, clarity, conviction, and direction. I knew that I wanted to do something special with the term; and, it has been an ever-evolving process in development. In the fullness of time, I have come to realize the phrase The Consummate Transitioner is actually a play on words, because now defined; it is a state of being in mindset, purpose, direction, and action to attain our highest goals and aspirations in life. It is a state of being that will never be attained or achieved. However, the goal or impetus is to work continuously toward the end state to become…The Consummate Transitioner in our personal and work lives.
So, for the sake of clarity, consummate defined is to bring to fruition, to complete, or to perfect. A transitioner is simply one who transitions. The course of life is ultimately transition. Most people do not realize that the phrase transitioner is not even a recognized word in the dictionary, and woven with this, in an innate and intangible sense, we give very little thought and take for granted the many transitions that we endure in life. Also in life, change is a constant and continuous process, and it should be included as part of our brand in life of who we are and how we are defined by constantly reinventing, reengineering, repositioning, and recycling ourselves with positive purpose and direction, based on understanding, accepting, and embracing change. Therefore, the central tenant of The Consummate Transitioner is to have or possess the courage to embrace and not fear change. We must be willing to embrace change to stay relevant, attempting to perfect flux to become the best possible person in our personal, work , or organization in life. The failure to embrace change and to stay relevant is the failure to understand that eventually change will make all relevant things irrelevant. If you think about it for a moment, we transition from birth to death, which is a holistic transition that has many sub-transitions within this process called life. Examples of sub-transitions in our personal and work lives are from young to old; from single to marriage; from marriage to divorce; from babies to toddlers; from toddlers to kindergarten; from elementary school to high school; from high school to college, or to work, or the military; from dislocated workers to back to work, to retirement, and you get the picture. It is within these many sub-transitions or processes that we will be defined and remembered until this puzzle of life as we know it is no more; and, after it, for the ages. As previously stated, normally, we take all of these transitions for granted, but should we? Should we not question the quality and effort of our unique transitions? Are we merely existing and taking; or, are we living life to the fullest and giving our God and life our best? Are we really impassionedly striving to be or become our best; and in giving our best…to ultimately make the world a better place? The undeterminable time between birth and death, in 1996, was metaphorically referred to by author Linda Ellis as “your dash” in life. In her thought-provoking and eloquent poem “The Dash,” she clearly articulated an inspiration to get the best out of life. She inspired us to “live our dash; “inferring that having a birth date and a death date, the dash is the time that we should seek this fulfillment. The question is how do we do this? Perhaps the answer is to understand another tenant of The Consummate Transitioner that always behind us are our experiences in life, the past becomes pieces of our complicated puzzle of life to mold us and shape us; and, these experiences are our best teacher; but, success in life is always in front of us.