Marina Lombardo, LCSW
Within Every Challenge...

...Are the Seeds of Opportunity


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Marina Lombardo
Psychotherapy, Counseling & Personal Coaching
Lake Bennet Medical Center
1151 Blackwood Avenue, Suite 120
Ocoee, FL 34761
(407) 615-0848

Keeping Your Best Intentions

Welcome Everyone!

Many thanks to all of you who shared your feedback about my new website and newsletter! I appreciate your suggestions, and was happy to discover that so many of you found value in what I had to share!

Spring is in the air, (even here in Florida!), and everywhere we look, nature reminds us of new growth and new beginnings. What a great time to build on your “best intentions” for this year! One of my clients shared with me this week that every Spring she gets the energy to start something new… a new project around the house, a new goal in her personal life. I believe that speaks to our natural rhythm, and the fact that spring brings with it an invitation to start anew. So even if you’ve lost a bit of ground, there’s no better time than Spring to get in tune with nature and start again!


Feature Article

Who do YOU want to BE?

In my last issue, (if you missed it, check out my website’s Archives), I spoke of creating a vision for what you want to achieve, and nurturing it every day! That means that as soon as you wake up in the morning, and just before you go to sleep at night (when your consciousness is most suggestible), imagine yourself having already achieved your intention…feeling, seeing, and hearing the sensations of satisfied accomplishment in as much detail as possible.

Now, let’s look at those moment to moment decisions you need to make in order to continue to create the life you want, one brick at a time. Remember Tricia, from my last newsletter? She thought her issues were just about her weight, but what she came to realize was that she was using her weight as an excuse to hold herself back from moving into a leadership position at work. In essence, she needed to see beyond her weight, and discover the qualities the woman she desired to become would possess. For Tricia, her realization was that, in order to be successful in her goals, she needed to cultivate confidence, and feelings of deservingness. She needed to remind herself that somewhere inside her, she was already confident enough to take risks at work. She deserved to feel wonderful about how she looked.

Armed with this awareness, she filtered everything she did through this new belief: “I am a confident, deserving woman.” She reminded herself of this new belief constantly. The statement greeted her each morning in the bathroom mirror. She stuck it on the dashboard of her car. It became her screen saver at work. Whenever she was up against any kind of decision, or challenge, the question should would simply ask herself was, “What would a confident deserving woman do right now?” How would this woman respond to her boss? How would she tackle a project? What lifestyle choices would she make? One step at a time, Tricia learned to make the choices embodied in the person she was learning to become.

Sometimes my clients will say, “But when I try to make a change, it feels wooden and mechanical.” Yes it will…stretching outside your box is, by its very nature, uncomfortable. But that discomfort is what growth in process feels like. Like a close friend once told me, “If you’re not uncomfortable, you’re not growing.” But the good news is that over time, this discomfort becomes integrated, until eventually, the new behavior becomes a part of who you are…as natural as breathing.

So…now it's your turn! When you do your visualization, ask yourself, “What two or three qualities do I need to grow within myself in order to match my vision?” Formulate that discovery into a statement that heralds the birth of your growing self. Print it on an index card, carry it with you wherever you go, and let it guide every choice you make!

Until next time…
Be well!



What's New

Tuesday, July 11, 2006, 7 pm.
I will be speaking at Infertility Support of Central Florida, at their meeting in Winter Park, FL. For information, check out their website at or call 407-299-6563.
My presentation will be based on my upcoming book, “I Am More Than My Infertility: 7 Proven Steps to Reclaim Your Life,” due in bookstores in 2007.

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