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Stepping Into Transition
   September 2004  

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Exploring Metaphors

Share Your Metaphors

This Month's Quote And Recommended Reading

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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.

  • Exploring Metaphors
  •   "Drifting In A Fog", "Sailing on Stormy Seas", " Climbing A Mountain", Searching For An Open Door". These are all examples of metaphors that can represent the challenges one may face on their journey through transition and change. Metaphors are a rich source of words, symbolism and imagery that can get you out of your head so you can bypass your inner critic or "Gremlin" and view your situation with more detachment and objectivity.

    Once you can identify a metaphor for your situation, you can explore it more deeply so you can gain a new understanding of where you are, where you've been and where you are going. For example if one compares their situation to the metaphor of "a ship being tossed upon stormy seas", they can get curious about this image and ask questions such as "How seaworthy is the ship?", "What is the ship made of?" and "What would it take to steer this ship into calmer waters?"

    A questioning process like this can generate intuitive solutions to problems that may have seemed overwhelming from a purely rational and analytical perspective.

  • Share Your Metaphors
  •   What are some of the metaphors that you can think of which describes a challenging situation in your life or work? E-Mail me your metaphors and how you feel the metaphor relates to your situation and I will respond with some tips on how you can explore your metaphor further. Or contact me to schedule a complimentary coaching session to achieve greater clarity about your options.

  • This Month's Quote And Recommended Reading
  •   Quote For September

    "You don't see something until you have the right metaphor to let you perceive it." -Robert Stetson Shaw

    Recommended Reading

    Attracting Perfect Customers by Stacey Hall and Jan Brogniez powerfully uses the metaphor of a "Lighthouse" in presenting an effective strategy to attract the right customers to build a profitable business.