“If we do not initiate the young, they will burn the village to feel the heat.” African proverb
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Once again, please perform your Morning Purpose Ritual.
Congratulations on developing a newly ordered psyche! The journey isn’t over; actually, it’s just begun. In the last few days, you’ve leveled the playing field, brought your Critic, Skeptic, Risk Manager and Image Consultant into view. Now you can deal with them head on when resistance to living your purpose comes up! Put another way, you are now in communication with all your parts, able to look them in the eye to converse with them when you’re not in alignment with your life’s purpose. Today’s exercise will help you structure this internal conversation.
Grab your journal and pen, and answer these questions:
Inner Dialogue Process
Start talking with that ego part as if you were writing a screenplay between yourself and your ego part. Ask clarifying questions, honor that part, and make a new agreement. For example let’s take Sara, who is stuck in the area of getting her website up and running. The ego part she’s identified being most active is her Image Consultant, “Pretty Peggy.” Sara will begin by understanding and inquiring into Peggy’s concerns, then honoring Peggy, then get specifics around making new agreements with Peggy as she begins the negotiation.
Sara: Hello, Pretty Peggy, I see that you have concerns about my website. Please tell me more.
PP: It’s not powerful enough. People will laugh at you if you launch it.
Sara: What seems to be missing?
PP: Where do I begin?!
Sara: Peggy, I really value your feedback, so I’m honestly asking for your guidance here. What needs to be in place before you will feel comfortable?
PP: Well, first off, your 90-second video is of poor quality. That’s priority one: fix that, re-record it in a place with better lighting, sound, and a shirt that is bold, but not crazy. Secondly, you need to have a proof of concept in place so people will know you are not just some fly-by-night scam artist. Thirdly, there is way too much writing. That sends the message that you are unfocused. Reduce the number of words by half, then by half again. Every word on your site needs to be sacred and powerful, refined for maximum impact, moving people into deeper relationship with you and signing up for your introductory offer. You only have one chance to make a first impression.
Sara: Wow, Peggy, I had no idea I had so much work to do! Thank you! I’m committed to making all those changes, but I’m already in discussions with potential clients and need to point them to something this week. Would you be amenable to me taking the first whack at the word count and adding one testimonial this week, while planning and scheduling the video and then adding three more testimonials for next week?
PP: Hmmmm. If you can guarantee me that in 14 days it will be perfect, complete with six testimonials with pictures, a great video, and a 75% reduction in word count, yes, you are a go for launch in two weeks.
Sara: What about my prospective clients that I need to connect with this week?
PP: Reduce word count by 50% and have three testimonials up.
Sara: Thank you, Peggy! This is really helpful. Just so we’re clear we have two SMART goals here: one for this week and one for next week. This week I’ll reduce the word count by 50%, plan the video shoot and add three testimonials, before sending prospects to the site. Next week, I’ll add two more testimonials, reduce the word count by 50% again, shoot and upload the video. Am I correct?
PP: Yes, thank you for acknowledging my concerns.
Sara: Thank you! I’ll get to work!
Now begin your own conversation with your own ego part, making sure to be supportive and honoring in your communication with that part, ask probing questions, understand their concerns, and then make new agreements that allay the the concerns of that ego part. Whenever you feel you are lacking power or expression, dive back into this exercise and see what part of your ego isn’t being acknowledged.
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