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In preparing this newsletter, I decided to detail the vital importance of working both with process as well as with content. I am finding it's this part of "the work" that oftentimes gets left out.

Anyone can read one of the many good books on personal development, or in my case, on the Enneagram, yet this does not necessarily result in change and development! Why? We need good processes - practices - to coincide with the content learned. What's a process? You might be asking.  Well, taking short pauses with a good deep breath to reflect on what we have heard or read - just that -  is "a process" and can make the difference.

Process involves getting grounded and centered, pausing to reflect, "temporarily becoming," to the best of our ablity, what we have read or seen. Consider how important it is to pause when we get reactive, to stop and inquire with genuine curiosity what our reactivity or upset is about. This is process. And then, determine thoughtfully our response. This month, I feature this vital topic in my latest blog, How Do We Actually Change? By Interweaving Process and Content.  Enjoy and benefit.  

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BLOG OVERVIEW:  How Do We Actually Change? By Interweaving Good Process with Content
Have you studied much of the good content available in books as well as on the Internet, regarding the Enneagram? It's an extraordinary, incisive system and profoundly insightful. But just reading alone doesn't seem to bring it home. If that were the case, I could have sent my clients home with an Enneagram book and awaited transformation. Why is it that we can't seem to enact real change after reading one of the many great Enneagram books or by simply studying online? I tended to observe that something else is needed. Just "studying" the Enneagram is not enough to create transformative personal change. Why is that? 

 What I would like to suggest is that in order for us to actually experience personal growth, it's necessary to interweave consistent and dedicated "practice" - process - with the study of great content. We need process and we need interaction, trial and error, and ongoing, repetitive dedication.  I recall my time in medical school. I was studying content... Read More >>

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