The Hudson Institute
- Visioning or dreaming the plan - The dream or vision is the "driving force for the life structure, a source of passion and values. The plan is the plot for making the dream happen.
- Launching - Launching puts the plan to action; it requires "commitment and personal mission".
- Plateauing - Plateauing is the "art of sustaining a successful life structure.... It is knowing how to keep enriching the dream/plan for as long as it makes sense to do so".
- Managing the doldrums - This requires coming to terms with "decline, negative emotions, and feeling trapped in an increasingly dysfunctional life structure”.
- Sorting things out - Choosing "what to keep, what to eliminate or change, what to add, and how to proceed into a revitalized life structure" is the task of this step of the change cycle.
- Ending a life structure - This requires an ability to say farewell with gratitude and clarity, which frees you to consider your next options.
- Restructuring - This minitransition can be used if the life structure could be improved through some specific changes.
- Cocooning - The transition into a new life structure requires "turning inward to take stock, to find your own basic values, and to disengage emotionally and mentally from the former life structure".
- Self-renewal - Following successful cocooning, this step involves a rebirth of self-esteem, a reevaluation of core issues and beliefs, and the recovery of hope and purpose.
- Experimenting - Creativity, learning, risk taking, and networking give one a sense of purpose and power in creating a new life structure.
John Gardner on Personal Renewal
Personal Renewal Speech, November 10, 1990, Delivered to McKinsey & Company, Phoenix, AZ.