(My Reason For Doing Supercoach Academy 2014!)
What follows is a word-for-word version of a post I made to a private Facebook group around the summer of 2014, about the importance (to me) of being myself more.
Now whilst I was one of the first to sign up to Supercoach Academy 2014 – (I paid the early-bird fee of US$10,000 without hesitation in April, 2013, despite that being pretty much ALL the money I had at the time and the program didn’t officially start until Jan 2014) – I had no idea why I was joining Michael’s program, I just knew I *had to* join.
This Facebook post, then, is a vindication of my decision, and also an early indicator of how I was then going to share this Inside Out understanding with others…
BEING MYSELF (MORE): Facebook Post (c Summer, 2014)
I’ve long been a fan of the ‘be yourself’ mantra – seems such a waste for a 1-in-7-billion original (human being) to be anything other than themselves, really.
And if my Inside Out understanding of the human experience were to take me anywhere I could see it taking me in the direction of sharing the ‘be yourself now’ message.
So, un-surprisingly, I’ve always thought of being a great example of being myself. I’m fairly non-conformist. I have original ideas a lot of the time, original thoughts. And I think I have my own style. Etc. etc.
And I absolutely love my own company, love the playful goofy foolishness I get to experience when there; I deeply love myself.
In short: I show up as myself, I just do!
BUT… I’ve become more and more aware over the last few years the many ways I do not do the ‘be myself’ thing, too. Especially when it comes to:
- Relationships – I’ve found it hard to let go of the somewhat passive-aggressive ‘people pleaser’ in me, when it comes to romancin’. And I’ve quite often snuffed out who I am, so as not to cause a ‘stir’. Never a good thing.
- Groups – oh boy, I generally do not like groups and the ‘group think’ that often comes with them. So I just stay on the outskirts of the group, and rarely show who I am.
But – and with thanks to Laurie [ a fellow Supercoach Academy 2014 student], and a few precious seconds of our Skype conversation on Wednesday – I glimpsed an insight into how my journey could well progress. I now see ‘being myself more’ as my biggest opportunity to ‘get’ the 3 Principles, and probably my biggest opportunity to make a difference with this work.
Being Myself More & Supercoach Academy 2014
Yes, I’ve now become aware of the softest of feelings that tell me that the very POINT OF my doing SUPERCOACH ACADEMY – apart from deepening my understanding, and experiencing fabulous human connections! – IS to BE MYSELF (in public) MORE!
So, thank you Laurie, and thanks to ALL of you who have seen something inside of me that wants to come out, and say ‘Hi!’.
And I’M SHARING HERE TO ‘OUT’ MYSELF, to say that I will share more in public: what I think, who I am, what makes me come alive – especially in Santa Monica, but also in London [the program took place in Santa Monica (two long weekends), and New York and London (one long weekend, each), as well as virtually online].
It’s going to look a bit goofy, this being myself, and not everyone’s gonna like what starts to show up (even me, sometimes!), but that’s okay.
Okay for me, and okay for you.
I know of several authentic ‘being themselves’ people that I don’t necessarily like (e.g. Russell Brand, Billy Connolly, Steve Coogan, even Elizabeth Taylor). But I DO appreciate the fact that they don’t pretend to be anyone else, or hide who they are.
From now on, especially from Sept 2014 onwards, I intend to be myself more, and more, and more. (Yay!)
Thanks for reading this declaration of intent! 🙂
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I, for one, will never forget my experience of Supercoach Academy 2014, and am more than grateful I was able to become a certified transformative coach in September, 2014 (in Santa Monica, CA).
NOTE: My theme of being myself more was always going to show up for me, as I attended Supercoach Academy – it’s been the major theme of my life and work, so far – but it may not be the theme that resonates for you. You’ll have to find that out for yourself…
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