Describing your inner resources and challenges can help in moving toward successful outcomes.

Tom’s Journal-January 24, 2008
I lie on the examination table waiting for the doc to come and gently, I hope, ease a tube down my throat as part of a TEE (Trans Esophageal Echocardiogram) Test. The procedure will provide information about my weakened valve and resulting aneurysm at the base of the aorta. Information critical to the corrective surgery. I’m anxious so I attempt to meditate—breathing slowly, deeply and reflecting on how this is good and important. I go through a litany of the blessings in my life; gratefulness for people who love me and the professionalism of those taking care of me at this moment. I feel better thinking about all the people in my corner—and the steps I’m taking to get this situation resolved. A peacefulness descends; I smile. Gratefulness prevails. This will work out.

Reflections for Work

I’ve found that my coaching clients find new strength and inspiration in their transition work when they complete a “personal assets” worksheet, identifying not only their central gifts–where interests, skills and passions intersect—but the important people in their life network and how they can help. Part of this process is affirming the truth that people who care about us truly want to help—and will do extraordinary things for us.

Mary Heppner’s Career Transition Inventory measuring “Readiness, Confidence, Personal Control, Support and Independence” is also a useful tool. Coach/counselor and client find practical language to describe the inner resources and challenges to address in moving toward successful outcomes—and ultimately and hopefully, new, meaningful work. Good things happen when we take the time to assess the things we have going for us. And taking subsequent action can inspire us.


What kind of structure and support would be most valuable right now in giving you the positive outlook you need to be successful in the next step of your transition work?

Who are the people you can count on? Why are you waiting to contact them for help?

*This TranSpirations focuses on the relationship between Tom’s journaling about his successful heart surgery in 2008 and possible lessons for career/work/retirement transitions.

Thomas Bachhuber, Ed.D., President of the Board and Executive DirectorThomas Bachhuber, Ed.D.
President of the Board and Executive Director for The Center for Life Transitions. Tom is responsible for overall Center leadership and strategy. His individual coaching/counseling as well as workshops and retreats focus on integrating leading career development ideas with spiritual exploration. Read more.