Stepping Stones Coaching
Stepping Into Transition
   December 2006  

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Making Your Resolutions For The New Year

Clarity Through Coaching

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.

Whatever your faith or beliefs, I would like to extend to you warm holiday greetings of peace and joy. I hope you enjoy this article about making resolutions.

  • Making Your Resolutions For The New Year
  •   At this time of year, many people set New Years resolutions. Often times those resolutions never materialize into any lasting changes. I think it comes down to this. Was there a deep and burning desire to make the change or did it come from a conditioned response that says, " Its the start of a New Year, that time of the year that everyone makes new resolutions. What shall mine be?"

    The person who has a strong sense of how the change will benefit them, and can visualize how that change will look and feel has a greater likelihood of achieving that change and making it last. Without this level of awareness, the ability to persevere in the face of unforseen circumstances and setbacks can often become difficult and frustrating. Have you heard the expression, "I wanted to do it (The exercise program, business planning, time with my family, etc.) but life got in the way."

    If you want to make resolutions or changes for the upcoming year, do you have a clear vision of what you want and why you want it? Often times getting towards this point of clarity takes effort as we are constantly surrounded by distractions that can take away our focus. Our own unexamined habits can also block us from getting the clarity we want.

    The good news is that the effort we take to get a clear vision can lead to the planning and action taking that can really instill the change we want. The result of this can be the creation of new habits that really empower us. Once the change we want becomes a habit, we won't have to spend as much thought and effort to sustain it as we did initially. What a sense of relief this can be.

  • Clarity Through Coaching
  •   If we can move past our distractions and bring our unexamined habits to light, we can create the conditions that lead to clarity and change. You don't have to do this alone.

    Professional coaching is a powerful process to get you the results you really want and it works on several levels.

    With your coach, you will uncover any of the hidden beliefs, conditioning, and habits that may be keeping you from getting clear about what you really want. You will learn techniques to deal with the distractions in your life. You will gain new awareness, focus and clarity to help you understand what it will take to achieve the changes you want. Then, you can expect to move forward through inspired action and an accountability structure in which momentum is maintained and progress seen.

    Within the entire process, your coach will always respect, encourage, support and believe in you and your potential to achieve what you really desire. The coaching process is enjoyable and positive, and within this positive environment, profound breakthroughs in the ways one can live and work become realistic and achievable. As a certified life and business coach, I have helped many people find meaningful success along with greater balance and peace in their lives.

    If you really want to make a resolution and change that has some staying power, please contact me for a 30 minute complimentary coaching consultation at 919 -621-1578 or e-mail to Lets explore the possibilities of how coaching can take you to the next level in your life and business in 2007!

  • This Month's Quote And Recommended Reading
  •   Quote

    "We Know What We Are, But Know Not What We May Be."

    -William Shakespeare

    If you are in the midst of spending this holiday season and have any mixed feelings at all, this is a must read. The Soul Of Money by global activist Lynn Twist demonstrates how we can replace feelings of scarcity, guilt and burden with experiences of sufficiency, freedom and purpose.

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

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