“Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.”
~Steven Pressfield in The War of Art

What Have We Learned

Are you willing to admit it?
Confront truth?
Your plan
It isn't working

Are you willing to grapple?
Sit in bewilderment with it
This idea
You don't have it figured out

Are you willing to decide?
You can't
You are done
Figuring "it" out

You're OK
When it works out
When it doesn't

Peace comes
Living arrives
Joy begins


~by Ken Carlson 2012

More poetry here

The Poet's Way

Single Day Adventure & Discovery Retreat

October 6th, 10am-5pm

St. Charles, IL 

Ken Carlson and Carolyn A. Dragon are co-leading a day of discovery and adventure. Join us on Columbus Day Weekend -- discover, explore, create, express in a new and exciting way.

$110 includes full day retreat, meal, snacks and beverages - and extra helpings of awesomeness!

Sign-up on The Poet's Way website here!

The Poet's Way Retreat Testimonials

"When I was first approached about attending a Poet's Way event, I thought "Poetry? Really?"  But what ended up happening was one of the most profound and meaningful experiences I've ever had. There's something incredibly powerful and moving about articulating what's in your heart, and doing it creatively, all while surrounded by people who are in a similarly awkward and vulnerable position. The facilitators make all the difference, taking the time to actually hear you and meet you right where you are. Their ability and willingness to set aside the agenda for the sake of the people in the emerging community make TPW unlike anything you're likely to experience in any other setting." Tim Whitney of RuthlesslyCreate.com 

"If someone asked me what The Poet's Way retreat was or asked me to describe it, I would tell them I have no idea how to describe it. I would tell them, though, that I could guarantee them that they would have a magical day." Judson Maillie 

From the Blog: The Art of Jumping

Typical coaching question: If you could know that you wouldn't fail, what would you do with your life?

OK—got it? Know your answer? Now what?

Here's the problem with this question, you can't know you won't fail—in fact failure is part of the plan. Failure is how you learn. 

The paralyzed are still paralyzed. It may be helpful for us to come up with the thing we want to do for the world. But that's where the question stops serving us. 

She wants to know. She doesn't want to fail. She decides.  "I'll come up with a plan. A fail-safe plan."

Fail safe plans don't exist. You can't learn to fly on the ground. 

So here is my step-by-step plan for you to do what it is that you want to do with your life.

Step 1: JUMP

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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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