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When grit and enlightenment aren’t enough

I’m doing this new thing. I’ve come to the end of the rope with some of my self-destructive habits. I knew it was time to make a change when I slipped from anger to apathy. It happened in the process of trying not to beat myself up for slogging away in the same old ways and attempting to show myself a bit of fucking compassion. It back-fired. Instead of compassion, I absolve myself of my own actions and quickly became apathetic… and pathetic.

This might sound a bit bizarre, because self compassion and understanding is something that I work with clients on. But, it’s also very very human. We all have days in which we just bury our feelings in chips. Or bludgeon ourselves with ridiculous storylines about how immensely and profoundly fucked we are to not be able to JUST. Get. Our. Shit. Together.

In those soul searching nights, I’ve been searching for the secret button. The secret refrain or hack that was going to take me from conscious awareness to my desired next level: Habit Busting Mastery: Level Infinity. This could take me from knowing the places I desire growth, and choosing growth over stuckness every dang time. With ease, preferably on the beach- cocktail in hand.

So I’ve been on this quest and I’ve come to understand, finally and begrudgingly, that there is no secret pill. And perhaps, there is no Habit Busting Mastery: Level Infinity.

But I have learned a couple of things and I’m experimenting with my methods. I invite you to do the same. Here’s what I have up my sleeve:

  1. Be kind always. this is not a fight or a battle. What does it mean to actual show yourself some compassion? My own coach gave me an excellent analogy. Imagine you were driving with your co-pilot and you miss your exit off the highway. Which gets you back on track faster: ranting and yelling and swearing at the co-pilot? Screaming at them like they’re a fucking failure and complete shit at everything they do? Nah. Breathe, sister. Because…
  2. This is human. Humans the world over are not doing the things they know are best for them like… always. At least you’re aware. And maybe, just maybe… it’s kinda a funny thing that we do. Maybe we can see this in a more playful light. And with that, don’t simply brush it under the rug as an oopsie daisy moment, but get curious…
  3. Stop and cop a feeling. When we are faced with making a decision that would lead to growth, or when we’re at the other end of a series of less than stellar decisions, feel all the feelings. A brilliant sister of mine provides this inspired script: I’m sorry, please forgive me, I love you, thank you.

And then I thought to myself, what if I truly accepted that this was hard for me. Not because of me, but because it’s hard. And what if I truly accepted that I cannot do this on my own. Overtime, I’ve seen that I operate well in a container. A container that is designed and held for me, by someone else. A 21 day detox, an exercise program, an external challenge with external accountability, a coach. And what if I decided that not being able to do it alone was okay. And further to that acceptance— what tools can I use to support myself from a place of strength and resilience?

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Nom nom treats.

I’ve decided that I’m a puppy and am trained through reward. I’ve done the research, and I know that I am not motivated by fear or consequences. The pain method? Hard pass… I just get angry. So from this knowing, I’m designing my own rewards system. And like a puppy being trained, I am not holding a grudge or making up some story about how if I were a real grown up I could do this on grit and enlightenment alone.

I’ll be implementing my super-science-sophisticated points system around here in a few days so check back in and hold my feet to the fire!
Does any of this ring true to you? Do you reward yourself with gold stars? If so, how? Inspire us all with your brilliance in the comments below.

Do you need a little help with some of your habits? Let’s work together. I’ve got a few free 45minute sessions available. Book yours here.

This blog is a part of the #braveblogging project from Makeness Media who are awesome. 

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How a simple change in vocab can shift your world

In the coaching world, we’re often looking for the different manifestations of ways we block ourselves from success, whether that’s on our journey towards better health, a better career, more happiness… the good stuff we all wish we had more of in our lives. The ways we block ourselves from attaining these goals are numerous, truly. And not only are the ways numerous, the depth to which some of these patterns reach are profound. That’s why a lot of us turn to coaching, both as a client and as a practicing coach.

Becoming a coach is like signing up for a lifetime of self-help books. A lifetime of putting yourself through the ringer on the daily- a lovely thing we like to call “walking our talk”. And we strive for that everyday, but sometimes we also need a little nudge.

Right now, I’m embarking on a year-long journey to deepen my practice. Through Mentor Masterclass, I have a coaching partner. On our first call this week, she drew my attention to the words I use to describe the thesis I’m currently writing in fulfilment of my Masters degree.

words1The word I used: messy.

She called me out by asking the simplest of questions: Why do you describe your thesis as messy?

Ughhh… I… don’t know? I’m on my choose your language choose your life game. I’m up on it, and I like to think that I’m deliberate in my language because I’m aware of the manifesting power of words.

You see, I’d cleaned up my language around my fear of writing and my fear of not having anything intelligent to say- but those were just the obvious ones. There is the day-to-day way I describe my thesis… and those words impact my experience.

The daily discomfort I associate with my thesis is so embedded, feels so true to me, that I didn’t even notice the words I was using.


If my HUGE goal for this spring is to finish it, then I need to check my language STAT.

Next time something in your life feels misaligned or stressful, start paying close attention to how you speak about it in two ways: to yourself, and then to other people. And then make a switch. (PRO TIP: if you’re making awkward jokes about it, it’s prooooobably misaligned).

This thing is a beast.
I feel in control.

This thesis is never-ending.
I feel confident that I will finish this thesis in May 2015.

This thesis is difficult.
I write this thesis with ease.

I don’t have the time to write this!
I have abundant time to write this thesis.

Call in the experience you wish to have. Write your new thoughts and desires down. And then use them to anchor your conversations about your experience. And then, tell me how it goes. What shifts did you experience?


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