"I’m going to assume you are suffering from time famine, creeping dread, or –worst case—a tolerable and comfortable existence doing something unfulfilling. The last is most common and most insidious."
~Tim Ferris

Isn't It Time?

Once upon a time
You waited for a hero
He never came
She never came

Once upon a time
You dreamed of being saved
Arms wrapped around you
Carried to shore
It didn't happen
At least not how you hoped

Once upon a time
You believed it was true
You were saved
He carried you across the threshold
She made your dreams come true

Once upon a time
Reality set in
The fairy tale
The story
Was just that
A fairy tale

They love you
He loves you
She loves you
To be sure
But you're still unsettled
Still searching
Still wanting
Full life

Isn't it time

by Ken Carlson
More poetry here

The Poet's Way

I've found a home. It's called The Poet's Way. You can join us as we are scheduling retreats for the rest of 2012 in Chicago, Boston, Toronto, Asheville, and Minneapolis.

The Poet's Way is life changing. We believe that there is a better way to live. We believe that life is meant to be lived at a deeper level of meaning. At a deeper level of resonance. We believe that people come alive when they live authentically, creatively, and expressively. We use poetry spoken out loud as a way to tap into that deeper meaning--to unleash our true selves onto the world. We want to live lives of purpose and bring you along on the journey. You don't have to call yourself a poet to come along--although we believe EVERYONE is a poet. 

Next retreat in Chicago is May 12th in Geneva. Cost is $120 for a day-long retreat. Email Ken at ken@authenticdevelopment.com for details.

The Poet's Way Website

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10 Ways to Save Your Life

I was recently on a plane and the flight attendant spoke up about the safety information she was about to share. She said, "It is better to know this information and not need it than to need it and not know it. This information could save your life." Good point!

Here is a list of "truths" that may save your life—specifically save you from living a life that EVEN YOU believe is not worth living.

1. Your life, Your choice.

You create your own life. Period. No one else is responsible for what your life looks like today. Not your parents, not your significant other, not your boss. You choose the trajectory of your life every day and if you want it to look differently—you MUST choose a different trajectory. Your life, your choice.

2. The only person you can rescue is you.

I'm surrounded by clients and friends that are amazing at helping others. This is no surprise because we tend to attract people like ourselves. Rescuing others is a trap. It can't be done. We do it. It feels awesome. We must focus on saving ourselves. The only person you can rescue is you.

3. What you avoid, what you can't be with—it is actually running your life.

When we can't be with silence—our need for activity runs our actions. When we can't be with abandonment, how we interact with those who may abandon us gets affected. Learn to be with what you can't be with. What you avoid is running your life.

4. Your truest knowings are in your body—not your brain.

You already know this is true. Your gut tells you the answer long before you figure it out with your head. Our art comes from our body. Our dancing. Our musicality. Our poetry comes from the places of deep emotion. Slow down long enough to experience what your body is telling you. Your truest knowings are in your body.

5. Guilt and shame are the worst motivators for decision making.

It's funny—isn't it—that we constantly choose to do things out of guilt only to eventually resent the people we are trying to keep happy. Shame—negative self talk—keeps us from entering the life we really want time and time again. What would it be like if we just decided to stop listening to those voices for a day? Choose something besides guilt and shame to motivate your decisions. My suggestion: love.

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

You're ambitious.
You're successful.
It seems you have a pretty good life.
You know though--that everything isn't what it seems.

We tend to do the same things over and over again in our lives expecting different results. We chase the dreams of our 20s only to find in our 40s that none of those things really mattered. What we really wanted was a life of joy. A life of friendship. A life of adventure. 

Instead, we find ourselves living for someone else's idea of a perfect life.

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

Coaching changes lives. Coaching will bring you new discoveries. Give us a call or drop us a line. We'd like to provide a kick-ass, fighting for your heart, no holds barred coaching session. We guarantee that you will be called to action on something critical in your life and that call will come directly from inside you.  Learn more...

Learn more about how Authentic Development can help you and your team come alive.

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