Stepping Stones Coaching
Stepping Into Transition
   December 2005  

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Would You Change

Recognizing Choice

Commit To The Change You Want In The New Year

This Month's Quote

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.

  • Would You Change
  •   I've been listening to a catchy little folk rock song lately called "Change" by Tracy Chapman. It has a great melody but also some memorable lyrics. One of the lines from the song that has stayed with me is "If everything you think you know makes your life unbearable, would you change?" I think Tracy is onto something here. Just look around. How many people stay or even cling to life situations that may be negative or cause suffering rather than choose to let them go.

    You can see it in relationships, in work, in so many aspects of life. What about the man or woman who chooses to be in a disempowering relationship because they would rather be in a relationship than be alone. Or the worker who chooses to stay in a job that has long ago lost its luster but believes that it is riskier to change than to maintain the status quo.

    It is ironic that the known situation that becomes unpleasant or even unbearable can become comfort zones that we find hard to break out of. We may falsely believe that we need the situation as it is somehow connected to our identity. Without the situation, there goes our identity. We forget or don't recognize that we have the capacity to consciously question and change the perspectives that keep us down.

  • Recognizing Choice
  •   If you or someone you know is involved in a life situation that is less than optimal, the following questions can serve as a key if you will, to open the door to making new choices and positive change.

    1. What are the feelings and/or conditions that you really want to experience in your life? List as many as you can from a perspective of your most fulfilled and desired state.

    2. What is staying in your situation or holding your belief costing you in your life? Look in terms of health, emotional well being, balance, peace of mind.

    3. What situations or beliefs would you have to let go of in order to create the space to bring what you really want into your life?

  • Commit To The Change You Want In The New Year
  •   I hope the preceding questions stimulate some insight and awareness into the kind of changes that you want to see happen in your life, and I wish you all the luck in making them happen.

    In thinking about the changes you are ready to make for the New Year, I want to offer you a complimentary coaching session so you can experience how professional coaching can move you powerfully to a new level of success and fulfillment in your life.

    To schedule your complimentary session call Phil at 919-621-1578 or e mail to

  • This Month's Quote
  •   "Come to the edge." "We can't. We're afraid."

    "Come to the edge." "We can't. We will fall."

    "Come to the edge." And they came.

    And he pushed them. And they flew.

    -Guillaune Apollinaire, French Poet, Philosopher

    I hope you enjoyed this issue of Stepping Into Transition. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season. Look out for more issues in 2006. Until then. . . Phil

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