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Stepping Into Transition
   September 2005  

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Practicing Inner Acknowledgment

Focusing Questions

Not Taking Things Personally

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.

  • Practicing Inner Acknowledgment
  •   There is no doubt that positive feedback and acknowledgment are in short supply these days. In a world where e mails, cell phone calls and other demands of modern life constantly compete for one's time and attention, the time and attention needed to provide others with simple acknowledgment to keep them motivated and on track has been relegated to the back seat of the priority scale.

    If this is the reality, then what guide can people use to keep them motivated and persisting at a job, skill or endeavor. How can they gage the effectiveness of what they're doing. One way is to change the focus or perspective away from obtaining outer acknowledgment to practicing the art of inner acknowledgment.

  • Focusing Questions
  •   As a professional coach, I find that one of the most effective ways to instill new behavior is to ask powerful questions. Here are some questions to guide you towards the practice of inner acknowledgment.

    How can my work or activity satisfy my personal values?

    For example, if you are in sales and you can identify that one of your most important values is learning, how can you view each sales presentation as one that maximizes this value. If you saw yourself in a learning mode each time you made a sales presentation, you could become a resource person who is continually engaged in educating yourself and your prospects. This one step could elevate your mood or energy level because you knew you were on purpose.

    How can my work or activity satisfy my personal vision or path?

    If you can identify a fulfilling vision of your future, you can answer whether the work or activity you are engaged in is a good match for taking you there. If you are unsure of what your vision looks like, there are a number of ways to help you find it including personal reflection, keeping a journal or mindfulness activities such as meditation. Of course, professional coaching is a powerful way to focus you and keep you moving towards your vision.

  • Not Taking Things Personally
  •   Of course this is easier said than done but not taking things personally is an effective strategy to help you bounce back from perceived setbacks. For example, If you can see as I pointed out in my opening paragraph that people are busier and more distracted than ever, you can determine that the lack of feedback or acknowledgment is not about you, but is actually about the changing state of our society.

    You can then choose not to be disappointed or frustrated, so you can go about pursuing the actions needed to accomplish your desired goals.

  • This Month's Quote And Recommended Reading
  •   "Self Worth Cannot Be Verified By Others. You Are Worthy Because You Say It Is So. If You Depend On Others For Your Value, It Is Other Worth."

    -Dr. Wayne Dyer

    In "The Art Of Happiness At Work", the Dalai Lama explores job, career, calling and finding the ultimate happiness at work. A great read to help you tap into finding greater satsfaction in your work whatever that may be.

    Look out for October's issue of Stepping Into Transition on "The Importance Of Personal Boundaries". Until next time . . Phil

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