Stepping Stones Coaching
Stepping Into Transition
   May 2005  

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Natural Change

Program For Natural Change

Your Call To Action

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.

  • Natural Change
  •   In last winter's devastating Tsunami that killed more than 100,000 people, an interesting phenomenon took place. Prior to the waves hitting, wild and domestic animals fled to safety and were spared. How interesting that the animals seemed to have been able to sense that an environmental shift was taking place and instinctively knew what to do. However, when we think that animals and the natural world have always been a part of each other, not separate, is it really so unusual? The natural world is always changing, always in flux. There is a natural rhythm evidenced by the changing seasons, changing wind directions, changing currents. Bears hibernate in winter and awake in spring. The list goes on and on.

    As human beings, how are we aware when our own course needs to change, when we need to pursue a new course of action in our career, a relationship, a physical move, whatever that change may be. Many people resist change and cling to what they believe worked for them in the past. But when the season is ripe for change(i.e, the work is no longer fulfilling, our energy is on the wane) and we do not respond in kind, that is when negativity and stagnation seep in and keep us from reaching our full potential and life purpose.

  • Program For Natural Change
  •   As a professional coach, I offer my clients a program that helps them flourish and skillfully maneuver through changes in their lives and businesses. The following ideas are an integral part of the program:

    Change Is Natural-It is a part of life and if we learn to adapt and flow rather than resist and struggle against it, we will thrive.

    Change Is A Process-The journey of change is more of a process, rather than a single event. In that way it is similar to the seasons. Winter, Spring and Summer last for several months each, and there are subtle changes in each one before a new season begins. The seasons can't be rushed and they happen within their own natural rhythm. As a Certified Co-Active coach, I bring skills including active listening, proactive questioning, values clarification and my own creativity to help you find your own natural rhythm.

    Mapping your Change-Change by its nature is full of unknowns so as your coach, I will help devise a map or strategic plan with measurable objectives and milestones so we can know what season we are in, where we are in the season and what's next.

    Change Happens In The Unknown-When we enter the season of change, we have to release the stories of the past, because they will not help us find a new compelling direction. It is in the unknown that insight and discovery takes place and I as your coach will make every effort to provide you the safety and space to explore. In this sense change becomes an adventure of discovery and revelation where intuition and self trust become your guiding forces.

  • Your Call To Action
  •   I hope this program for mastering change resonates with you. I believe it is powerful and will profoundly effect the way you deal with the inevitable changes you will face in life.

    I offer a 30 minute complimentary session for you to learn more about the Natural Change Program. You have nothing to lose so please contact me today to schedule your free session!

  • This Month's Quote And Recommended Reading
  •   "The First Step Toward Change Is Awareness. The Second Step Is Acceptance."

    -Nathaniel Branden

    The Seven Lessons Of Chaos By John Briggs, Ph.D. reveals seven enlightening lessons for embracing the chaos of daily life. An eye opening read.

    I hope you enjoyed this month's issue of Stepping Into Transition. Until next time. . .Phil

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