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Welcome to Stepping Into Transition, the newsletter
designed to help you navigate your way through the
challenges of change into an authentic and empowered
|The Future Self|
| ||If you knew you had access to a source of wisdom that
would always lead you to make the most effective and
right decisions in your life and business, how
empowered, how confident do you think you would
feel? How could this knowing give you a sense of faith
and comfort that could move you past any stumbling
blocks or issues that may be keeping you down.|
As a professional coach, one of the techniques I
utilize with my clients to give them clarity about their
choices and direction is through the visualization and
connection with their future self. The future self is an
imagining of yourself, lets say several years down the
road that is unfettered by doubt, fear or negative
conditioning from the past. The future self takes you
beyond self imposed limits and is in alignment
with your core values, and what it takes for you to
truly be fulfilled and successful.
The future self is your highest and best self which
knows what is right and true for you in every situation.
It has a way of sorting out and prioritizing the most
meaningful and important issues in your life, and it is
not particularly interested in pleasing others, tolerating
or settling. The future self illuminates a path for you
to follow and embody. It is one of the most
powerful exercises that I have had the privilege of
using in working with my clients.
|Becoming Your Future Self|
| ||Let me point to a specific example of how working with
the future self can empower someone to make positive
changes. Not long ago I facilitated the process with a
client. After leading her into a calm and relaxing state,
she was able to vividly describe her future self 10
years from now. She saw this woman living in a
comfortable home in another part of the country with a
new occupation as a writer and motivational speaker.
She also described her future self as glowing with an
inner radiance, contented and sure of her purpose.|
One of my promptings during the exercise was to have
my client ask her future self what beliefs she needed
to adopt, and what steps she needed to take to get
from where she is now to where her future self is 10
years from now. We have used that question and other
inquiries to shape her current plan and actions. She
has stepped out of her current box and is now learning
and trying new things that are in alignment with the
aspirations, values and accomplishments of her future
self. We have even coined a new phrase for her
current phase of learning and exploration. She now
sees herself as "The Apprentice Of Her Future Self".
As her coach, I am challenging and motivating her to
step into the shoes of her future self. If a fear or
doubt creeps in, we address it, and I remind her of the
powerful self she is moving towards. Through the eyes
and perspective of her future self, the issue that
bothered her does not seem as important or taxing.
| ||If the future self exercise is something that sounds
appealing to you for your own personal quest for
positive growth and change, let me suggest that you
consider professional coaching. The future self is one
of the several techniques that I employ in moving my
clients forward in their personal and professional lives.
The coaching process with its week to week in person
or telephone meetings and continual reinforcement of
new habits will get you towards the success that you
want. The coaching process keeps the future self real
and within reach.|
To learn more about what professional coaching can do
for you, please contact me for a 30 minute
complimentary consultation at 919-621-1578, or send
an e mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
|This Month's Quote And Recommended Reading|
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as
though nothing is a miracle. the other is as if
In The "Translucent Revolution" by Arjuna Ardagh, the
author presents observations, stories and interviews
regarding what he calls "translucence"-an emerging
awakening by people all over the world to deeper
presence and purpose, greater sense of joy, and a new
found selflessness and compassion. He cites examples
in business, education, religion and the arts. This is a
great read for anybody who cares about a positive
direction for humanity.
I hope you enjoyed this issue of Stepping Into
Transition. Until next time. . .Phil