Stepping Stones Coaching
Stepping Into Transition
   October 2004  

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Upcoming Workshops Announcement

Insights From The Wizard Of Oz

This Month's Quote

Catch Phil Play Music

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.

  • Upcoming Workshops Announcement
  •   Upcoming Workshops, October 10th and 20th

    This month you have 2 opportunities to attend a fun, interactive workshop designed to teach techniques leading to greater fulfillment and balance in life and work.

    MOVING FROM STUCK TO UNSTUCK, RECLAIMING YOUR LIFE with Professional Coach, Phil Okrend will be given at the Jewish Community Center on Norwood Road in North Raleigh on Sunday, October 10th from 10 a.m. until noon. To register, please call Sandy Crane at 676-2200, ext. 12 or email

    The workshop will also be held at the Cary Academy located at 1500 N. Harrison Ave. in Cary on Wednesday Evening, October 20th from 7p.m. to 9p.m. There is a $30 registration fee. To register, please call Julie Hartz at 677-1946, ext. 7032 or email

  • Insights From The Wizard Of Oz
  •   One of my favorite movies of all time is "The Wizard Of Oz." This timeless tale of Dorothy, her little dog Toto and her three friends, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion has touched generations of children and adults alike. In this issue of Stepping Into Transition, I would like to stroll down the Yellow Brick Road to share some insights that may be helpful in your own life journey.

    As we are introduced to the main characters on their journey to meet the Wizard, we learn about their beliefs. Dorothy believes only the Wizard can help her get back home, the Scarecrow believes he doesn't have a brain, the Tin Man believes he has no heart, and the Lion believes he has no courage. They all look to The Wizard Of Oz to obtain what that they believe they don't have or possess. But is their perception of who they are flawed?

    If the Lion has no courage, how does he summon the will to help his friends when they are in trouble? If the Tin Man has no heart, how can he care so much for others? If the Scarecrow has no brains, how does he conceive of the plan to rescue Dorothy? Each of them show that they already possess the qualities they seek. So if they had believed in the truth of who they were, they would never have needed to get validation from an outside source, the Wizard.

    How may this apply in our own lives? You may ask yourself the following questions. Are some of the beliefs you have adopted in your life about what you are capable of and where you fit in represent what is really true about you? Do your beliefs about yourself serve to keep you empowered and on purpose or do they keep you from authenticity and fulfillment? Do you need external approval in order to believe that you are talented, loved, strong or grounded?

    The more you ask yourself, "What is the truth?", you can consciously choose to release the limiting beliefs that no longer serve you, and you won't have to look much further than your own backyard to do so. As Dorothy said, "There's no place like home".

  • This Month's Quote
  •   Quote For October

    "As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others"

    -Nelson Mandela

  • Catch Phil Play Music
  •   If you live in the Triangle and want to get out for a fun evening and hear some original jazz/new age music that will soothe your soul, you can catch me playing Keyboard this Friday night and most Friday nights at the Wine Bar next to Its Prime Only at the Leesville Shopping Center in North Raleigh from 7p.m.-10p.m. Come on down and say hi!

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