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March 23, 2012

Stepping Outside the Normal Purview of Life to Create Change

When I think of those whom I have coached, these words and thoughts come to my mind:

• Eager
• Enthusiastic
• Self-motivated
• Taking initiative
• Probing deeper
• Insight and foresight
• Desire to go the extra mile
• Sensitive and compassionate
• Able to give and take, learn and teach
• Exposing vulnerability to learn and grow
• Always having an attitude of gratitude
• Respect and patience for the process (This is not easy when one is impatient to see and experience change! Kudos!)

I am honored, blessed, and humbled by those who have come to me for short or long term coaching. I am also thankful for those who have contacted me for coaching but, are yet to start. It takes a certain vulnerability to approach someone for help. I am honored that you chose to approach me.

I am writing this ‘thank you’ note because almost everyday I am reminded of the lessons and insights given to me by my coachees. These inspiring individuals decided to step outside the normal purview of life and take the extra step to create change and meaning in their life.

Though I appreciate all prospective, current, and past coachees, I am particularly moved to share with you the insight of a few coachees.

My recent coachee, Hari lives in Kochi, India. Four years into his career as a PHP developer, Hari makes the most of every learning opportunity he gets. 

Sajitha is an Indian from Kerala living in the U.S. She inspires me on so many levels. Read about her experiences adjusting to the American ways and the sacrifices she had to make.

Chiyomi is Asian. She was a Japanese expat living in America. She was one of my first coachees and will always inspire me to be the best person I can be! Read a little about her experience in adjusting to the U.S culture by clicking here.  

Thank you for spending your valuable time on this blog.

Have a wonderful day!!

Edited by Chris Sufi. 

Chris Sufi is a freelance editor who lives in Bangalore, India. Her personal interest in language and communication inspires her to contribute through proofreading and editing. She can be contacted here.  

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