Transformation: It’s Counter-Inuitive

Tricia is an active administrative assistant with a desire to accomplish tasks and bring excellence to the organization. As a mother and grandmother she has journeyed through life long enough that she now finds herself more secure in her womanhood and in her support role. That doesn’t mean that she is stuck in mindless routines. She approaches her work with a desire for excellence and intentionality. While she readily admits she has control issues, she is open to transformation and welcomes the opportunity of self-improvement.

When working with a personal coach recently, Tricia listened intentionally as he shared with her the process of transformation: “It’s not about trying harder. Rather, it’s about training.” Hearing the words, her face betrayed her confusion. He continued, “Transformation from the inside-out is about putting rhythms in your life that quiet your spirit and give clarity. Actually, it’s about creating space.”

Wondering if that put more pressure on her and would add to her stress, Tricia pushed back, “But than means more work, doesn’t it?” The coach welcomed the question, “It may seem like it,” pausing to let the moment sink in.  “Actually it is about being less in control and more open. When we create space for quiet reflection we start to become mindful. We become aware of the intensity of our emotions, the quickness of our reactions, and how we carry ourselves in relation to others. It just won’t happen if we don’t create space.”

Transforming our interior world is giving intentional effort to the areas of our life we often take for granted.