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