"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."
~George Orwell

Radical Honesty

Once upon a time
Like all fairy tales start
We agreed
No lies
Brutal honesty

Great idea
Sounds good anyway

Reality is
Truth hurts
Doesn't sound pretty
Cuts to the core

You don't like sushi?
My gift was hurtful?
I'm not perfect?
You have a past?
You've made mistakes?
You're not sure about us?

Is it time to go back
Back to the fairy tale?

No chance
Even at it's worst
Truth wins

Reality is
Truth is freeing
May not sound pretty
Gets at the core

Creates new conversation
Brings change
New ways of being
Deeper connection
True love

~by Ken Carlson August 2012

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It’s time. Time to take the progress that you have made and put a plan together. You and I both know it requires focused ass kicking. You want it. You have been asking for it. The time is now to go for it. One on one time with a coach will provide you with what you need to walk away with a plan of action that you resonate with deeply and will implement daily.  

You may have guessed that the work that I do is my life. I love it at the core of who I am and want nothing more than a deeply “alive” life for my clients and for the world. There will be a full 3-day schedule of coaching, planning, playing in nature, and customized activities that specifically will enhance the ass-kicking process.

Do you want to flip your life on it's head and make an impact on the world? Do you want to walk away from three days of intensive coaching with a plan of action for the next stage of your life? Scheduling for the fall is now starting. Contact me at ken@authenticdevelopment.com right now. 

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FROM THE BLOG: "Say The Thing That Will Get You Fired." Guest Post by Bonita Richter

I sat across from him, and told him a story about some of my deepest fears as a coach. He listened intently, his soft, light blue eyes gazing into mine, seeing right through into my soul. I asked him if I should have done more. Could I have helped more?

Was I supposed to have spoken out loud the words that were swirling around my brain? I wanted to say them so badly. But, I didn’t want to say the wrong thing, in the wrong way. I didn’t want to hurt her. So, I kept quiet, murmured words of support, knowing I danced (not so delicately) around the true matter.

How do I say what I wanted to say without hurting? How do I tell her the victim story she is so attached to is a lie? Not that something bad didn’t happen to her. But, it continues, to some degree, because she allows it. She clings to it. I want to tell her it is time to release this story, this way of being. Yet, she is so deeply attached.

As coaches, we’ve all had a client that clings to their disempowering stories or beliefs. Or, for one reason or another, they didn’t do the work, didn’t get the results they were seeking; went AWOL, disappeared without a trace; didn’t respond to our calls and emails, our reaching out to help.

We know it’s not us. The type of client I am talking about has some deep stuff going on inside them that’s difficult to break through, no matter how earnest our efforts. I know in my heart of hearts this is my truth.

But, the question remains; is there more I could have done?

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What is it that your really want for your own life?

You make it happen.
You're successful.
You have a pretty good life.
You should be thankful.
You want something more though.
You want to move from success to significance.

We've all been there. I've been there. We chase the dreams of our 20s only to find in our 40s that what really mattered to us was something different. There is no judgement here. It's part of the journey we all need to take. Now is the time though. Time to live from here on out a life that excites us. A life of friendship. A life of adventure. 

Authentic Development coaching is all about living a life of meaning--no matter what stage of life we are in.

Coaching changes us because a coach and a client create together a path that resonates so deeply with us that we can't help but live it with passion. Schedule a sample session today. Even this simple step of trying something new will bring change in your life.  Learn more...

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