When I’m working with clients, I like to give them something simple and practical to help them remember the focus of the work we’re doing together. To that end, I use a simple acronym, “C.O.R.D.” The letters stand for, “Catch,” “Observe,” “Replace,” and “Dissolve.” The acronym is a device to help us look at our attachments and agreements, at what we may be resisting or judging in the flow of life, and why.
As we’re often working to break old, conditioned thought patterns, emotional patterns, speech and behavioral patterns, we’re working to break the “cords” that bind us and keep us feeling stuck. I like to ask, “How much of what troubles us in life is simply a bundle of thoughts?” If we can catch a negative thought or emotion, observe it, and then replace it with a positive thought or emotion, we can begin to dissolve the old and familiar patterns of conditioning.
Once the “cord” has been dissolved, our thoughts and emotions, our words and actions can then become fresh, clear and new.
These days, you’ll most likely find me sitting along the long edges or quiet corners of a local cafe or coffee shop. Laptop open, I’ll be writing a new chapter for my book or a short blog for any interested readers. Sporting a t-shirt, shorts and flip-flops, I deeply appreciate every day I don’t have to “suit up” and hit the road. Life beyond the office, beyond the demand of the corporation, working with new words and clients, is truly sweet. I’m having more fun than ever!