Friday, December 21, 2012

Surprises in 2013

Many of my clients are working on career issues or some sort of transition through change. For that, a process of discernment is necessary.

Often when you and I experience dramatic changes in life, we attach some type of judgment to the change itself and/or to the outcomes. We attach judgment to the different paths we consider taking. And while it is useful in discernment to think about the pros and cons of the various paths we might take, it's extremely important to try keep an open mind.

If you are in the middle of change, transition and discernment, consider detaching from any judgments just so you can be as open as possible to new directions and outcomes. See if that doesn't open up more possibilities. Once you have laid out several possibilities, it is helpful to think about the positives and negatives of each. But it's important to not make judgments so early in the process that you limit yourself to the "same-old-same-old" options.

After all, who knows what's out there waiting for you?

When I lost my journalism job, I never imagined a career in life coaching. I was devastated. But as I opened my eyes, ears and heart to possibilities, coaching kept appearing in my sights. After lots of reflection and research, it just felt so right. And I remember that, when I signed up for my life coach training, my heart nearly burst with happiness. It just seemed as though so many parts of my life and so much of my experience came together into this just-right decision.

What will the new year bring for you? What surprises lie ahead? Try detaching from pre-judgments and stay open to the surprises!

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