You want to live the best life you can, right?
Who doesn’t of course! And let’s be honest; No one can TELL you HOW to make that happen. You are the designer of your life and it takes a willingness to discover what living at your best means for you.
The MOVE STRONG METHOD is a performance coaching system created to help you design both the map and the path to where you want to go in life and what you want to achieve.
Today’s blog gives you an example of one path, so you can see what I’m talking about. This is the story of my path and the origin of the MOVE STRONG METHOD.
In my youth, I lived my life inside a dance studio. I remember dance as my work, my life, my love and my relationships. Everything revolved around dance, including me. When I lost dance due to injury and my subsequent choice to let it go, I was not prepared to lose the parts of myself that were lost with it.
Michael Phelps describes a dark and resonant moment towards the former end of his swimming career. In an interview with Tim Layden for Sports Illustrated he said, “For a long time, I saw myself as the athlete that I was but not as a human being” (2015, November 16, p. 60). Like Phelps, I didn’t understand that my sense of self was defined by my sport making life without dance feel anything but human. Without dance, I did not feel alive.
Subsequent years of therapy opened doors of awareness to the relationship with dance I never knew I had including the way it infused my thoughts, my actions and my identity. The more I learned, the more I wanted to know which led to my seeking something to love as much as I had loved dance.
My first attempt was through exercise. When I let go of dancing professionally, I also stopped teaching dance. After four years of my own physical therapy, I began to teach exercise instead. While I enjoyed training clients, working in physical therapy and eventually being a mentor and Master Instructor to other personal trainers; I always felt something was missing.
Continuing to search for something to love as much as I loved dance, I found coaching. In 2007 when I started my coaching certification. I began loving my work, my clients and their work and personal development. For the first time in a decade I felt complete.
Fast forward to 2014 and I’m sitting in my office in Las Vegas, Nevada. After 7 years and thousands of hours of coaching both for individuals and organizations; the feeling that I needed something returned. Only this time it nothing to do with anything outside of me. If you’ll notice from the reflection above, my focus was always outward, beyond myself. I was looking for an experience, something out there to fulfill me in here. It had never occurred to look within for fulfillment, happiness and love.
Something in me was begging to be seen and it was time to face what was being called forth. This meant finding a new way to go deeper and uncover more than coaching or traditional psychotherapy had found so far. After much debate, I settled on studying transpersonal psychology in the hopes that I could find the “something” I’d been longing for. The global intention of transpersonal psychology is to prompt “the profound transformation of our usual self centered existence to some ultimately more satisfying or valuable condition” (Daniels , 2005, p. 12).
I had thought that coaching was the only path to non-clinical work done to further the reaches of human performance. However, my study of transpersonal psychology has shown me that coaching is just the tip of the iceberg. Coaching was born out of the desire to support “experiencing a life of purpose” and “reaching one’s own potential” (Whitworth, Kimsey-House, Kimsey-House & Sandahl, 2007, p. 8). Its practices are useful for personal discovery and personal accountability. However, coaching alone can be incomplete without the deeper practices of self-reflection, mindfulness and creative expression taught throughout transpersonal psychology.
My life has been a journey towards combining the three loves I have come to embrace. First through my love affair with dance, I came to know my body. Next, through coaching and its rigorous no-nonsense style of curious self-discovery and loving accountability, I came to know myself. Finally, through transpersonal psychology, I have come to know my true nature and how I can share and express my full potential in service to others.
The MOVE STRONG METHOD™ is the direct result of my trinity between creative expression, action-oriented coaching and the mindful traditions of Transpersonal Psychology. It is a unique coaching system designed to empower your growth, personal development and your highest level of individual performance.