Across the world, many industries get to share the cool stuff they do online. However, our daily work is of a confidential nature. Because of this, we don’t get to share the great things that happen in our coaching conversations. So, we’re pretty darn excited that one of our clients had a delightful breakthrough this past week and is allowing us to share. This particular client was tackling the frequently sought after intention of:
“I’m trying to figure out how to change my life. How do I have more of this and less of that?”
While this question is common during SoulSalt engagements, each coaching dialogue is as unique as each client. In this case, we sketched out (visual thinking) potential answers geared toward the “How do I have more of . . . ” leaving the “. . . how do I have less of” to take care of itself in the process.
I present, straight from our sketchpad, a potential answer called Method A.
The sketch above represents an idea to push, pull or tug on one’s schedule in an effort to open up space. Once the space is open, the client could claim long, uninterrupted periods of time devoted to his desired activity: Zen-like, peaceful meditative work.
Now let’s examine the sketchpad to witness Method B.
“B” represents an experiment where the client allows himself a small micro-burst of what he seeks—a small dose of Zen-Like, peaceful meditative work. While in this micro-burst he would nudge the edges of his experience with his elbows, so to speak, in order to expand his sense of self and presence.
Here’s how the client explained the model: “I’ll pour myself into this small task and be fully present. I’ll ignore the critique that tries to persuade me that being deeply steeped in this one small task is a waste. I’ll ignore the fact that I have ten other small tasks to complete right after this one and thus ignore the influence that wants me to become overwhelmed. I’ll consider these factors to be ‘Fake News’ and I’ll consider that by being present and peaceful, while expanding big and bold into a small focal point, is wisdom. It is wisdom because I’m making sustainable change one step at a time.”
As we wrapped up the session our client picked Method B as his “homeplay” (the name we give experiments or assignments designated as in-between session client work).
While both methods have merit, which offers you a viable experiment in gaining the change you seek? Would a combination of Method A and Method B be an option? Feel free to take on a similar experiment. If you decide to do so, I’d love to hear about it.