Humble Beginnings

Aloha readers.

It’s been a while.

I’ve been busy.

Sure I didn’t follow through with my ongoing blog idea – 45 years of pop psychology – 45 blog posts over 45 weeks about 45 top 40 singles that were probably released at 45rpm records…

That was an idea that was probably best left in idea form. I got a charge out of it for a while but it failed to sustain my interest.

As a therapist, I’m constantly following what catches my attention, what’s emerging in the here and now.  This can be a really helpful skill. I stay present with whatever is going on with my clients. I can attend to ‘what is’ and stay focused in the now. This ‘skill’ has a downside however. When it comes to my own work I find it difficult to follow through and complete intellectual projects. There always seems to be something else that’s new and exciting emerging every moment.

The impact of this is substantial. I am able to do what I do with a degree of competence. I have a difficult time articulating what I do to those who seek my services with clarity. As such, there are aspects of my business that are underused and underdeveloped. This has been evident and painful for quite some time.

Pain is a great teacher

The pain I’m currently experiencing? Frustration. I’m frustrated with the fact that I have more to offer than I currently am. Likely because I’m a bit unclear of what it is I have (skills/services) and who I really am there to serve. My approach to growing my business has been to use passive word of mouth.

That’s been fine as a therapist working within private practice. I’ve added things to my practice – career transition and vocational rehab – that have kept me busy. They have also occupied my time and mind such that I’ve been distracted from growing my business in ways that are more rewarding to both me and those I serve.

This winter, I’ve let go of career transition coaching. It’s been wonderful. I’ve been working with a narrative researcher/curriculum developer to help me come up with my own unique pedagogy that combines my embodied experiential of mime, clown and gestalt principles and practices. The goal of this is to start a gestalt institute here in Dartmouth.

Why Gestalt?

That post is for another day. That day might just be tomorrow. I’ve been listening to Seth Godin a lot lately. Somewhere he said: Write every day. Write a blog post every day. So. I’m going to attempt to write a blog post every day. I will likely fail in this endeavour. And knowing that I will probably come up short of that goal, I hereby give myself permission to skip days as things arise. Ideally however by the end of this I’ll have a more clear idea of what I do and who I do it for.


Perhaps someone will read this and they will too.

I’ve been spending some time trying to distill what’s important about what I do and who I do it for without using jargon. I’m writing that ‘one liner statement of purpose thing’. I haven’t been very successful yet. Here’s what I have so far:

“I create visceral experiences to help people abide by the realities of their existence”

Here’s a call to action/how you can help.

Does that make any sense to you? Do you have a better way of expressing this? If so, reply by commenting below. That will have a twofold impact on me. I’ll know someone read this and I’ll get more clear on what’s working.

Thanks for reading this far.

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