The Elegant Dismount

The Elegant Dismount

04 Oct | 2018

The elegant dismount is a phrase I have used for many years and encouraged friends and clients alike to practice it with dogged determination.

So what is an Elegant Dismount?

It is leaving any sort of situation – leaving a job, a relationship, closing down a business ensuring you use high emotional intelligence. In essence, it’s being proactive, respectful and diplomatic.

Recently we have seen a few successful women performing very elegant dismounts. The most recent one, of course, is Julie Bishop leaving her role as Foreign Minister, Lisa Messenger finishing her print magazine and going completely online with The Collective Hub and Sarah Wilson from I Quit Sugar closing down completely and pursuing something she finds more joyful. Luckily these women have not left us completely and we can still access them through various channels in their new ventures.

A couple of months ago, I heard Lisa speak and was very taken with her engaging and enthusiastic manner. She passed on so many valuable points which we often forget and which keep us stuck where we are, even though it may be time to move on.

Here are some of her tips:

  • Stay in your area of strength, it’s what keeps you motivated, excited and open-minded.
  • It’s okay to be who you are. If you need to change for someone – perhaps you shouldn’t be there.
  • Authenticity is very important.
  • Make the brave decision to stop and regroup.
  • Doing the same thing all the time is not disruptive nor innovative.
  • It’s ok to do things differently. If you can’t at work, there’s certainly no reason you can’t in your personal life.
  • Always be open to opportunities
  • Surround yourself with supportive ‘yes’ people and also some sensible ‘no’ people!

I could go on and on but I think you get the idea.

If you are unhappy with your life, even reading that list may cause a little disquiet, remember it’s OK to move on.

All I suggest is seriously consider doing an ‘Elegant Dismount’ from whatever you’re leaving behind and don’t burn your bridges.

Glenise Anderson is a Speaker, Trainer & Transition Expert who assists people to Transition Change with Confidence (and a budding OCR – Obstacle Course Racer!!)

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