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Stepping Into Transition
   March 2004  

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How Change Feels

Making Change Work For You

Tips To Move You Forward

This Month's Quote And Recommended Reading

Published by Philip Okrend, Personal And Professional Coach

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   Dear Readers,

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 safe.

    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 before?" , "What path does it want me to explore that I haven't explored before?"

    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 * Journaling * Attending Support Group Meetings * Exercising * Meditating * 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

    Recommended Book

    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

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