S:0721 Distinction: Liberation vs. Loss

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)


All change is accompanied by a sense of loss, at least temporarily, because what was so before is no longer so, thus something feels lost. Live with the new for a while and the sense of loss dissipates.

However, there is another side of change which feels quite different than loss. Many of the changes you make will be accompanied by a feeling of liberation. There is excitement, freedom, and new possibility when you are liberated.

Have you ever been fired? (From a job or a relationship!) It probably didn’t seem wonderful at the time, but did it turn out to be a great new start?

Have you ever had a business which “failed?” [There is no failure, only feedback, the subject of a different S3MC.] Did that liberate you to discover something else even better for you?

When a change occurs go ahead and fully feel the loss.

Then look for the liberation. It’s in there.


Coaching Point: Where have you experienced liberation?


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