08/27/2013 04:19 pm ET | Updated Oct 27, 2013

Embrace Your Transformation to Thrive After Divorce

Anyone who has gone through a divorce knows there's a period of time when survival is the goal. The numbness has worn off and the pain from a non-physical event feels all too real. But it begs the questions: Is it possible to thrive after divorce, instead of merely surviving?

That was the question I asked myself as I navigated through the stages of grief {denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance}. Never one to settle, I wanted to stop feeling okay and start feeling great. I wanted to learn the lessons I was supposed to learn, lest I be destined to repeat them, and expand into a bigger and better life for myself and my daughter.

I realized in order to thrive, I needed to embrace my new life rather than resist it. My divorce became an "opportunity for growth" instead of a disaster, and I embarked on a transformation that was painful but completely worth it! The period of time during and after my divorce led me to what is now a large portion of my life's work: helping people transform after divorce. The Single Mom Transformation Program was created from my work as an executive coach, and The Successful Single Mom book series was born so others could experience their powerful, positive transformation.

If you're ready to embark on your post-divorce transformation, you're in for some hard work but the reward is a major treat called "your new life." This will be the beginning of some of the very best years of your life, if you want them to be!

Here are some action steps to get you started:

  1. Forgive, forget and start moving on. It's hard to let go. It may seem easier to stay mad, try to get revenge, lick your wounds and feel sorry for yourself. But hey - listen to me now: You deserve better than to wear your divorce on your sleeve and your face. If you think people can't see and feel your divorce on you, you're wrong. We can, must like animals and children smell fear.
  2. Decide. Every transformation begins with a decision, in this case, the decision you make changes the course of your life: "I'm deciding to make the best of my divorce, instead of letting my divorce get the better of me."
  3. Respond. You're not a victim, and today is the today to "respond" instead of "react" to whatever is happening in your life. You are in the driver's seat from this day forward, and you get to make 100 percent of the decisions affecting your happiness and your future.
  4. Envision. The old vision you had of your life is something to let go of, and in it's place put a vibrant, healthy, delightful and joy-filled vision that gets you excited just thinking about it. Excited people thrive, it's a fact, and it's time for you to be one of them.
  5. Make a list, and check it twice. If you're like I was after my divorce, there are a whole list of things you've wanted to do, places you've wanted to go, experiences you've been dying to try but putting off ... many of them for years and years. Create an actual list and get busy living your life, and crossing things off of your list with vim and vigor. In other words, start living your life!

Thriving after divorce isn't impossible, au contraire, it's actually very possible. You can do it by beginning today, and every day after today recommitting to the new life you're creating.