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Stepping Into Transition
   May 2004  

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The Power Of Commitment

Obstacles To Commitment

Tips To Move You Forward

This Month's Quote And Upcoming Workshop

Published by Philip Okrend, Personal And Professional Coach

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   Dear Readers,

Welcome to Stepping Into Transition, the monthly newsletter designed to help you navigate your way through the challenges of change into an authentic and empowered life.

  • The Power Of Commitment
  •   Commitment contains a power and force that can lead directly to the accomplishment of our most meaningful goals. For some people that may mean building their own business, and for others it may mean losing weight or going back to school, or giving up a belief or lifestyle that no longer serves them.

    Commitment means keeping what is most important to you at the forefront of your being and consistently taking action to turn your vision into a reality. Commitment means acting not just when it is convenient or comfortable, but whenever it is necessary. It means setting priorities and following them without fail, regardless of how we feel in any given moment.

    Commitment raises the standard of what we are willing to accept for ourselves so that we become a function of our most cherished values and beliefs rather than a victim of our doubts, fears or perceived limitations.

  • Obstacles To Commitment
  •   Often, we truly want change for ourselves and have good intentions to make things happen. However, challenges inevitably come up to test our commitment. Do any of these challenges sound familiar?

    * Sacrifice of money, time or effort (The price you are willing to pay to achieve your goal).

    * The interruptions in life including accidents, illness, car breakdowns, home maintenance or other emergencies that can distract you.

    * Juggling the conflicting demands of work, marriage, kids, friendships, recreation, etc.

    * Lack of support from the people in your life.

    *Fear including fear of failure, success, rejection,the unknown, change, etc.

  • Tips To Move You Forward
  •   To stay committed to what you really want, it is important to be persistent in the face of your challenges whatever they may be. Here are some tips to move you forward:

    *Keep your ultimate vision in mind. Constantly remind yourself of the benefits you will realize from achieving what you want. Some ways to make your goals and vision tangible might be writing it down so you can read it or making a tape recording so that you can listen to it. What other ways can you think of which will put your vision in front of you so you will stay motivated to achieve it?

    *Make your goals attainable. Break large and seemingly overwhelming tasks into small ones complete with deadlines and tackle them one at a time. Consistent and focused action, regardless of how small the task will produce discipline and increase your self confidence. Once you build momentum, you can always increase the size or difficulty of your task. Initially, it is important that you feel that the task is possible for you to accomplish.

    *Set up accountability structures for yourself. This might be using a support group, hiring a coach or using a mentor. Having a trusted person or professional in your life who you can periodically check in with and monitor your progress provides great power in taking you towards your vision.

    *Rewarding yourself each time you achieve one of your significant goals. A meal at a favorite restaurant, an afternoon outdoors with a book you want to read, a day at the beach, whatever it is for you. You can make accomplishing your goals pleasurable and something to look forward to.

  • This Month's Quote And Upcoming Workshop
  •   Quote For May

    "The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. Commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt but in spite of doubt."

    - Rollo May

    Upcoming Workshop, May 12, 2004

    Come to a fun and interactive workshop, MOVING FROM STUCK TO UNSTUCK, RECLAIMING YOUR LIFE with Professional Coach, Phil Okrend. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, May 12, 2004 from 7:00-8:30p.m. at the Cary Public Library, 310 S. Academy Street, Cary, NC. To register, call the Cary Public Library at 919-460-3350.

    Look out for June's issue of Stepping Into Transition on "Listening To The Body's Wisdom". Until then. . . . Phil

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