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Welcome to the First Issue of Stepping Into Transition,
the monthly newsletter designed to help you navigate
your way through the challenges of change into an
authentic and empowered life.
|How Change Feels|
| ||Going through change can be uncomfortable, whatever
the change is (i.e. job loss, a move, the break up of a
marriage, etc.) It often feels like being lost in the woods.
It feels unpleasant because it requires that you let go of
the known, the familiar, what you've come to think of as
Often times we try to deal with the anxiety of
change by clinging to the old. You want the old job back
or you attempt to re-establish a relationship that no
longer works. But when you do this, you will feel
stagnant and unfulfilled as though there is always
something missing in your life.
|Making Change Work For You|
| ||It is important to know that you always have a choice
when going through change. Instead of avoiding,
ignoring or running away from the uncomfortableness of
change, get curious and view your feelings as a teacher
or guide to show you a better way. For example, you
can ask yourself the following questions:|
"What is my uncomfortableness trying to tell me?" ,
"What does it want me to see that I haven't seen
"What path does it want me to explore that I haven't
By staying with your feelings, getting curious and asking
yourself questions such as these, you will automatically
shift your focus to what is most meaningful to you, your
true values. By uncovering your values and choosing to
act from them, you will be relying on your own internal
compass to move you forward. That will always be most
empowering in your journey through change.
|Tips To Move You Forward|
| ||If you start to feel anxious and resistant as you move
through change, you may find that one or more of the
following actions may open up the pathway to learning
and keep you from getting stuck:|
* Being In Nature
* Attending Support Group Meetings
* Playing with a child or a pet
* Reconnecting with a hobby or creative talent
|This Month's Quote And Recommended Reading|
| ||Quote For March|
"It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and
seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no
real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is
more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in
movement there is life, and in change there is power."
- Alan Cohen
One of my favorite books that I continue to use on
a daily basis is "The Four Agreements, A Practical Guide
To Personal Freedom" by Don Miguel Ruiz. Filled with
insight and inspiration, it offers wonderful lessons in
creating mastery, freedom and change.
Look out for April's issue of Stepping Into Transition
on "How Expectations Can Trip Us Up".
Until then. . . . Phil