Tuesday, May 24, 2011

CREATE A NEW STORY With Special Skype Guest Barb Vercande

Ramona opened the meeting by welcoming the new members and asking for updates from those who care to share.

Eddie Conner took the group through a guided meditation on getting rid of past obstacles that impede us from living the life we want, and creating a new story that describes the life we want.

Mike introduced Barb Vercande, our Skype guest for the evening. Barb is a member of our Michigan group and coaches people who are stuck living a life they don’t want and unable to break old habits. Her practice helps people create a new story so they can live the life they want with passion.

Barb shared her process for creating our new story. It begins with writing down every decision we make and why we made it. Do this for a month. Then review the list for patterns. We do many things out of habit or because someone else (usually a role model) did them that way.

When a story runs through our minds, ask if it is our own voice or someone else’s. If it is someone else, stop because it probably is not true for us.

Now that we understand our old story, we are ready to start our new one. There are three components of the new story:
·         It must be based in truth.
·         It must be aligned with our purpose.
·         It must motivate us to take joy-filled action.

The three steps to creating a new story are:
·    Write the old story first. This will clarify what we don’t want so we can be clear about what we do want. Be sure to include emotions.
·    Read the story to ourselves. Notice how we feel and where the feelings are coming from.
·    Write a new story. Start with “The truth is…”  Describe how life will be if we continue to live our old story. Then describe our new story, what it looks like, feels like, and how it connects to our life purpose. Be sure the story brings out good emotional feelings. And make sure it is the story we want.

We know we have the right story when:
·         The story takes us where we want to go.
·         It is in alignment with our life purpose-those things that are important to us.
·         It is grounded in truth.
·         We are inspired to take action.

In summary, the story should make us feel satisfied emotionally, physically, intellectually, and spiritually.

Barb made two special offers to our group.  Barb has a new service called the Passion Test. This is two one-hour sessions where we will discover what is most important to us and start living a passionate life right away. Barb’s regular fee is $200. Our group price is $50, a 75% discount. Just mention “Abraham” in the subject line of your email to her. Barb’s website is www.createanewstory.com and her email address is Barb@createanewstory.com.  Thank you Barb!

The other offer from Barb is for members to receive a free 5-day mini course "Create My New Story" by going to her website and signing up for her newsletter.  

The worksheets that were passed out are available on the meet up site under the "More" tab.

After Barb’s presentation, the group shared some of their stories and others helped decipher the issues and solutions. It was our best meeting yet.

The Assignment:  Create A New Story for yourself.

Next meeting is June 21 and the subject will be “Mastermind Q & A” where members can ask the group for help with anything and as a group we will mastermind the answer. See you there.

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