“Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you COME ALIVE and go do it, because what the world needs is people that have come alive.”
~Dr. Howard Thurman

Back In Action-A Note From Ken

Hi! It's been two years since I've used this newsletter and my blog. I'd love to share all that's occurred in the last two years and I imagine there will be time for all of that over a cup of coffee or a blog post or two. Until then, I want to share just a few things:

I'm coaching and training--full time. 

More than 10 years ago, I encountered a man that had left his corporate job and started his own company to train people how to be leaders. A couple years later, my company (ADP) hired a woman to be my executive coach. This man and this woman inspired me to leave the corporate path I was on in 2009 and find my dream of coaching and training. Today, all of my income is earned coaching one on one and traveling around the country delivering training. 

My path isn't what I thought it would be. 

Surprise! When I started Authentic Development, my plan was to be earning six figures within two years as a coach. That did not happen by any stretch of the imagination. Almost exactly two years after I left ADP, my life changed dramatically. (Divorce/Moving) I didn't give up though. I worked hard to market myself, build a client base, and provide for my family. In the end, I discovered I couldn't make ends meet on my own. I started looking for a job in the spring of 2013 and found one working at EHS as a full-time coach. I get to coach and train and they pay me for it. I'm tremendously fortunate. 

This is the year of expansion. 

I'm ready for the next step of my journey. Last year I started working on my Spanish language skills in earnest and now I'm just a few months away from being able to coach in Spanish. (Dígame si quiere hablar español conmigo.) In April I will start an intense 6-month certification program through CTI (my coach training school) with the goal of taking my coaching skills to the next level. 

Why I'm here:

Last year, I was attending a training and I was asked to boil down my life purpose into as few words as possible. What showed up has brought a fresh way for me to live my life. 

My life purpose statement: "I inspire"

The truth is that everyone who lives their fullest life is awe-inspiring. It is such an uncommon thing to see people so alive. So, I want that for my life and I want that for all the lives I encounter. When I use the "I inspire" filter for my own life, I realize that I have the ability to inspire others by simply following my dreams, making goals that matter to me, and doing the work to get there. That's enough--and that's a lot.

Today, I simply want to reintroduce myself. I'd like to use this newsletter and my blog to share with you stories about inspiring people and invite you to come alive as well. 



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To breathe
To breathe life into 

To breathe is to live
It's who we are
It's our life force

Breathing in 
Breathing out

To breathe is to live
To breathe is to love

Where are you really living?
In your life
Who are you really loving?
In your life

Inspire me there
Tell me about it

Your courage
Your struggle
Your story

It inspires me
Breathes life into me
Shows me how to love

by Ken Carlson

What Do You Really Want?

Take a moment
Take a deep breath

What inspires you?
If you could a life that inspires yourself, what would you do?

What will you do today to create a life that inspires yourself? 

Let me know if I can help.

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