I’ve decided to become a “life coach” with influence from Tony Robbins, Martha Beck, Alexander John Shaia, Jill Bolte-Taylor, Joseph Campbell, and the Hero’s Journey Cycle.
Why does becoming a life coach make sense to me now?
Because people need it. The world and work are changing incredibly fast.
Pretty soon I’ll be calling myself a Life Coach who uses creative technologies to help people grow.
My tech interests will never go away. Nor will my interest in teaching. Coaching is a great combo for the really deep changes I have faced and see others facing everywhere.
Do You Want to Make Faster Progress in Life and Work?
Focusing intensely on your personal growth is the only way to truly grow quickly and with great purpose.
Here’s a short version of how I got here.
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Hey folks, my name is David Bourne. I live in the beautiful western North Carolina. It’s a summer day here, late August 2021.
It’s been quite a year of tumult, as you probably know, no matter where you are. And I am here today to talk about why I have decided to do life coach training, which is something I didn’t think I was going to do.
Several weeks ago, I first came across this coaching idea, and I thought, well, I’ll never do that. But as time went on, I changed my mind.
Because things started coming into alignment. And things started to make a lot of sense. And it helps to just have a little bit of background on what I’ve been doing.
My Latest Obsession Plays a Major Part
For the past year and a half, just about every day, I’ve been writing about this idea that I just thought was a cool idea. I saw Tony Robbins present a video (back in 2013), he had this piece of paper, and it had four quadrants. So you take a piece of paper and you draw two lines, one in the middle and one in the vertical axis.
And he said, ‘You know, this is why some people succeed and other people’s don’t’ He called it the success cycle or something like that. And, you know, I thought it was pretty cool.
The Quadratos Cycle
And then a few years later, I came across a book called Heart and Mind (edit – The Quadratos) by guy named Alexander John Shaia. And it was about this four-part idea. And it was about the four gospels of, of the Bible of the Christian faith.
He talked about how you could understand Christianity and a journey through those four parts. Oh, wow, that’s pretty cool. Then I realized, you know, that’s really the Hero’s Journey that Joseph Campbell started talking about in the 1950s when he wrote his book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces.
And of course, that became quite interesting to a lot of people, filmmakers, in particular, like me. Storytellers, people who realized that there’s this thing called the Hero’s Journey. So many stories, so many myths talk about it.
And I’ve been fascinated by that. And Jungian psychology and depth psychology just had a kind of a, just a fascination with it never really studied that in earnest.
Writing About the Cycle
But a year ago, I started writing about this cycle, this four-part cycle, about a year and a half ago. (In the Spring of 2019, actually.)
And then (in the Spring of 20212) I came across this book (called The Way of Integrity) by a really energetic woman named Martha Beck. And sure enough, she started talking about Dante’s Inferno and how Dante uses this four-part cycle to talk about life and talk about how we move through life as human beings and understand ourselves and understand just the universe and, and how there was this, this deep connection to things.
And I thought, wow, this is really making a lot of sense.
And the next thing you know, another woman that I’ve been wondering about for years after I saw her amazing TED Talk, a woman named Jill Bolte-Taylor, I’ve been waiting for her to write another book and explain to us how we can just tap into this oneness that she found, as she had us, she had a stroke, she was a Harvard trained brain researcher working at Harvard, and she had a stroke, and realized this amazing connection with the world and understood our brain psychology so much better by having this visceral true life experience where she totally lost herself.
She just became this kind of infantile being without a self in a way it was, and but yet felt this connection to the universe.
(Her book Whole Brain Living is about how the human brain creates a sense of a four-part self.
It All Starts Coming Together
And I thought all these things, they just, they all make sense. So it just started to sink in, is all I can say, this idea that, you know, this whole four-part journey thing that I’ve been wondering about for a year and a half, I think this really is, is saying to me that I want to take a more active part of this journey.
That’s one of the things the, the cycle the four-part cycle teaches us is, when you’re really fully active, that’s when you start. to really learn how to really change you really grow, you really can become a hero, where you can learn something new and bring that newness. into your community and, and really begin to make a difference in the world and I want to make a difference.
The Four Part System Helps Us Find Purpose
I want to have greater purpose, I want to have a more meaningful life. And doesn’t everybody want that? So I just realized that this has been calling me in all these things that I’ve just called interests, you know, for years.
And I started looking back on my life and, you know, some of the major events in my life that changed me and how I dealt with those events and started seeing the cycle in that. So all that to say, this is why I have decided to take this life coach training, just because it fits into where I am in my journey.
Becoming a Life Coach is my Clear Next Step
And it just seems like this is the next thing. So where’s that gonna lead? I don’t know. But it seems pretty exciting. And so, so I wanted to make a short video about it to document my day I signed up for this class today, it’s going to be starting in a month or so.
And then in nine months I’m going to be helping other folks go through this, you know, these ideas of stages and trying to figure out how do we know how to have more fulfilled interesting life of wholeness and connection.
The Nature Connection
And really, the reason I’m outside is because nature and the outdoors is so important to me. And I want to make that somehow a part of all this.
I’m not sure how yet, but just the wonder and all that I find in nature. That’s so powerful. And I want to extend that as I go forward.
So if you’ve made it so far through this, thanks for thanks for listening. And hopefully, we can connect and learn more from each other about this journey that we’re on together.
Again, I’m David Bourne. You can find me at David bourne.com out there on the web. I hope to see you out there. Cheers.
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