November 2010

Jerry Tyler

Blue Highways | by Jerry Tyler


Constant and Continual Transition

The definition of transition is described as a change or passage from one state to another. It is also defined as the period of time during which something or someone changed from one state to another. A third definition is an event that results in a transformation.

To achieve constant and continual growth in our lives we must learn to exist in a constant stage of transition. Critically important to this process is being aware of where we are, where we want to be, and whether or not we are moving in a positive direction.

To make the action of transition worthwhile, there must be a desire for a positive result or destination. We need to have a clear knowledge of what we want to achieve in the act of transitioning, and the act must be deliberate. In order to make the shift something we can take ownership of, it must be proactive.

So, where are you? Are you where you want and need to be? If you are a stylist and desire greater fulfillment in your craft, where do you envision yourself going and what do you aspire to become? When you arrive at your next level, what will that create for you? Are you prepared to do the work it takes to elevate yourself to that next level?

It takes positive action on your part to move your dreams forward and shape your new reality. For this transformation to take place, you must prepare for the realities that true positive transition brings, not just moving you onward but upward as well.

To become the stylist you are now, you first had to transform into a student of your desired scope of practice. You were required to complete the transition successfully in order to graduate and pass your state’s licensing exam. If your desire is to transition from stylist to owner, you must be willing to transform from being a stylist into becoming an owner. You will have to become a new you.

The challenge many of us face is that we fear the consequences of change. Fear immobilizes us, and fear of the unknown prevents us from taking the steps needed to make a successful transition to our desired goal. Therefore, we stay in the same place moving neither forward nor upward towards our goal. In a constantly evolving and progressing industry such as ours, remaining in the same stage causes us to fall behind. That means that the ability to positively transform and transition ourselves is valuable and also a necessary survival skill.

In order to grow and evolve, we need to embrace the concept of constant and continual transition. In doing so, we will achieve the desired abundance we deserve in all facets of our personal and professional lives.

Jerry Tyler’s column Blue Highways is his “Road Less Traveled” perspective on the solutions and challenges facing the beauty industry. Jerry Tyler has been a stylist since 1975 serving as the former artistic director for Vidal Sassoon Academy and currently as Director of Education for Carlton Hair salons. He is also a licensed cosmetology instructor and has served as President of the California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology.