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Stepping Into Transition
   June 2006  

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Are You Driven By Internal Belief Or External Striving

Living From Internal Belief

This Month's Quote And Recommended Reading

Published by Philip Okrend, CPCC Certified Personal And Professional Coach

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   Dear Readers,

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

  • Are You Driven By Internal Belief Or External Striving
  •   There is a big difference in what drives people to want to accomplish goals, make changes and achieve success in their life. I believe that one way can lead you to a life filled with contentment, appreciation and positive energy while the other is often filled with reactivity, endless striving and a sense of unease.

    It all comes down to asking a fundamental question. If there is something important that you want to do or achieve in your life, what makes you want to do or achieve it? Many people are driven by an external response to the circumstances, things or people in their lives. There are quite a few stories out there about people who spend their life chasing after wealth, power or fame because they had something to prove. Something to prove to their parents, their friends, whoever they may be and for different reasons. Other people pursue goals and success in order to meet the expectations of others or from not wanting to disappoint others.

    Whether people pursue their life goals from having to prove something or trying to gain acceptance or approval from others, their pursuit is driven by an outside source that rarely brings peace of mind or happiness. Although outer success can be achieved this way, it often comes at the cost of true joy and authenticity. Self worth does not need to be proven or obtained. The restless pursuit of it is causing many people to be burned out, stressed out and depleted.

    The accomplishment of goals and success can be so much sweeter if motivated from one's own values and belief in self. This kind of motivation is derived internally and is filled with trust, possibility and seeing how your talents and passions can be realized to serve you and others in the world. Success in the form of money or wealth often comes this way, and it is a by- product of positive energy flowing from the inside- out.

  • Living From Internal Belief
  •   It us said that the first key to change is awareness. If you are aware that you have been driven by external striving rather than internal belief, and you now want to change that, acknowledge yourself for this insight. You are on the first step on the path to authentic growth and change.

    If you are ready to make some real shifts in your life because you are tired of living from the outside- in, and are ready to live and succeed from the inside- out, I invite you to contact me for a complimentary coaching session. Professional coaching is a powerful vehicle to move you forward with inspired action taking, structure and accountability to achieve a meaningful and lasting success. I have helped many people achieve the authentic change that they really want.

    Contact me today by phone at 919-621-1578 or by e mail at to schedule your session. Your life is waiting for you. Its time for you to discover it!

  • This Month's Quote And Recommended Reading
  •   Quote

    "Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens."

    -Carl Jung

    If this month's topic appealed to you, you will definitely enjoy "The Power Of Intention" by Dr. Wayne Dyer. This is a wonderful book with great insight on how to live a fulfilling life from the inside-out. Enjoy!

    I hope you enjoyed this edition of Stepping Into Transition. Until next time....Phil

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