We have some exciting updates to share with you! The Institute has added several very outstanding professionals to our team.
Lauren Stidham is our Admissions & Administrative magic worker. She also runs a very successful coaching business called Blueprint to Bloom. With her intuitive coaching skills and background in education, it was a perfect fit to invite her to join our team as an instructor. We are very thrilled to have her! You can find her here: www.blueprinttobloom.com
Tamica Sears and Suzanne McFarlin have been hand-picked as lead trainers and supervisors for our newest graduate level program, the Leadership Coaching Specialization! We launched the pilot last year and are very excited to hold the next round in 2022. Both Tamica and Suzanne are a wealth of insights and wisdom in executive level best practices. You can find out more about each of them here: Leadership Coaching Specialization (LCS)
Michael Tucker has joined the team as well! Michael is a knowledgeable and insightful Executive and Team Coach. He is a former Captain in the United States Air Force, has a Master’s degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Executive & Professional Coaching from UT-Dallas. We are excited that he will be instructing throughout the CPIC program! You can find out more about him here: www.tuckercoaching.net/about
Carrie Doubts has been brought onboard as a second ICF trained PCC level assessor and Mentor Coach. Carrie is a warm-hearted mentor with a full-time coaching practice. We are very fortunate to have her join us! lifesnextchaptercoaching.com
Karen Yeung has joined us to help with our outreach and social media resources. Karen is a delightful and highly skilled virtual assistant, and we are thrilled to have her! www.kaysocials.co
You will see more about each of our outstanding new team members in the coming months! We will be featuring each them as we go.
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The Power in Releasing Control
by: Laurel Elders
Have you ever heard someone tell you, "Stop trying to control everything." Or, "That person is a complete control freak."
Have you ever thought you were being controlled or manipulated by another?
Have you ever felt out of control?
Today, we are going to unpack the cost of control. The attempt to control is life draining. This article will help you connect with better strategies so that you can choose a life-enhancing strategy instead.
First, what is control?
Control is a noun and, according to Oxford Dictionary, is: "The power to influence or direct people behavior or the course of events."
Control is not a human virtue which we will introduce later. Control is a strategy the egoic-self devises to stay safe. Control at its worst turns into manipulation which is the ego's desperate attempt to remain safe.
First, it is best to understand that actual control is 1) impossible and 2) illusion based. While someone might be successful at manipulating others, there is always a cost involved.
In essence, all of the beautiful virtues of life that leave us feeling safe and connected are pinched off by the machinations of the egoic-self.
The good news? There is a better way. To dispel the costs of control, we must first understand the human psyche and how the ego attempts to run the show.
There is you. Then there is fear-based you. Fear-based you splinters off in an attempt to remain emotionally safe. This is how the egoic-self forms. The ego is based on fear and the false premise that "I am separate."
In truth, while we may be physically separate from others and feel separation, we are not separate at all. We are connected. Spiritual teachers have been teaching this fact for centuries. Quantum physicists have backed this up by discovering that everything is energy and energy is interconnected.
This is the reason we say, "love hurts." When in reality, it is not love that hurts, but the absence of love that hurts. If we were not connected, the absence of love would bear no cost.
What is the alternative to control? What is on the other side?
Connection. Connection is the bridge from the vice of control to the virtue of connection.
How do we navigate from control to connection? After all, if it were evident, we would all be choosing something with benefits and dropping the behaviors with costs, right?
Let's break down the anatomy of what happens.
This becomes a story that includes a full-blown analysis of who, what, when, where, why, how, good, bad, right, wrong. The mind begins to spin and delivers a mess of false messengers. So naturally, we can see why the ego devised control as a strategy to remedy the chaos it produces.
The problem with egoic evaluations and the stories generated? They are riddled with illusions—false evidence appearing real. The body reacts emotionally to the ego's storyline, and then our evaluations feel very real. Thus, confirming that its assessment is indeed justified.
And... this process solves nothing and keeps us in reactivity.
Masterful people do not live through stories. They lead life through vision. They lead life connected to themselves, the possibilities embedded within, and are therefore connected to others.
Let's break down the anatomy of what happens.
When we stay stuck in fear, it turns from asset to liability. It is just the messenger, never the truth. The truth of what happened does not define the truth of what is possible - unless we remain in fear.
The masterful person responds by sifting through all of the virtues embedded as possibilities within them and answers the question. "In this situation, I'm choosing to be the possibility of …." and they fill in the blanks. They lead by vision. They lead by virtue not by vice. Virtues are within us all waiting to be tapped into. Therein lies your true potential.
Fear fragments the mind leaving us in a state of disintegration. Fear fragments us off from possibility and takes us to the land of probability due to reactiveness that has costs attached.
What is the good news? Illusions only last as long as we allow them to. Once they are brought to the surface of our awareness, they disappear. We can't fix what we don't see. As we see, so will we be. To this end, I invite you to step out of the story and into the power of your vision. This is living integrated through wholeness.
The next time a fear occurs, ask yourself:
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By Laurel Elders, PCC
IICT Founder / Senior Faculty