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Don’t Go Back To Sleep

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My post today is a poem by Rumi. (Thanks to my coach Steve Chandler for introducing it to me). The words are particularly apt because I’ve realised that this last week, although having moments when I was wide awake, I’ve spent much of the time asleep.

I started to fall back into my old numbing routine – way too much time in front of the computer, no walks by the sea and, horror of horrors, I had a mindless television watching session on Saturday night.

When I examine my week I see that apart from when I was coaching, or otherwise engaged with others, I felt dissatisfied. And I notice that there are 2 things gnawing at me that won’t go away:

1. ¬†Exercise – or lack there of! Some of the things I want to do in my life simply can’t be done at my current level of fitness (hike to Everest Base Camp for example) and I could definately do with more energy. So I am now making a commitment to improving my overall fitness. I will return to walking everyday as my place to start.

2.  Stepping Out more in Creating my Coaching Practice. I think I am still a bit in hiding, waiting for my blog to build my practice. No doubt it can be done this way but it is a slow strategy and I want to coach more now. I need to fearlessly consider how I can go about creating that. One idea is to run some mini-workshops in the evening . . .

Anyway, here is the poem I mentioned:

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep.


My commitment to myself today is this: “I will stay awake”!

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A Week Later

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Wow! I can’t believe it’s a week since I had my coaching session with Michelle Pippin. Things have moved fast since then. For example, I’m sitting in a hotel room in Phoenix writing this, a slightly surreal experience partly due to jet-lag and partly due to the pace that things are moving.

As I mentioned, I am considering restarting my coaching practice but what I didn’t say was that I was also considering attending Steve Chandler’s coaching school. Michelle was SO positive about her experience of the school and the results that it had helped to produce that I decided there and then to see if places were still available.

Long story short, I emailed Steve to ask. He emailed back – “I have one place available. I enjoyed reading your blog posts!” and I signed up. I did’t realise quite how mad this was until a friend asked me on Sunday what form the seminar took and I realised I knew nothing about it. All I know is that you spend 2 days with Steve and 8 other coaches. Then have 6 months email coaching with Steve and the other coaches in the group and then meet up again with everyone for another 2 days.

My decision was made on my gut feelings about Steve after reading and listening to his stuff on the web and on my impression of the work the coaches he’s coached are doing. This is what Michelle had to say in a email she sent after our coaching call: “Bottom line: if you CAN attend this event, I want to encourage you to do just that. You won’t find a better coach than Steve. He will hold you accountable to your potential. He won’t hold your hand, but he will empower you to RISE UP to become your own “best self”.”

I do so need someone to hold me “accountable to my potential”. I am weary of playing small.

Then after I’d signed up, in response to my emailing “I’ll let you know what happens next . . .”, Michelle responded with: “I already know what happens next…. YOU step into the fullness of life and business and self that you were created to occupy. YOU walk away “on fire” for creating a life and business you love and are supported for a full six months to make sure inspiration leads to implementation!! Steve is a catalyst for this….The group will be phenomenal and YOU will be forever changed.”

Powerful words indeed and, not surprisingly, I’ve experienced a powerful rollarcoaster of emotions since – excitement, fear, weariness, incredulity that I could take such a financial risk (cuz at times that what it feels like), excitement, fear, detachment, fear, self-doubt, excitement, fear – you get the picture. But, whatever happens, I’m here now. Seminar starts tomorrow and as I said to Michelle . . . “I’ll let you know what happens next . . .”.

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Life Moves is an unfolding story of my journey to discover and create what I truly want from life. I hope you will find my writings helpful, inspirational, encouraging, amusing or, at the very least, usually worth reading. Please feel free to comment on any posts about which you have an opinion. Or make one up. I do it all the time and it can be very dull, alone in cyberspace.

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