Beyond a Book Club Group Coaching Program (Read the details below!)
This program is part group coaching and part guided self-coaching. I'll facilitate and guide the discussions, but as a group you will also support and encourage each other. I'll provide journaling prompts and other practices for self-inquiry to help you take what you are learningeven further.
-Trying to always fit in rather than draw attention to how different I felt from everyone else; and feeling deeply misunderstood
-Reacting to other people's needs and expectations, and in most cases, not really understanding why I was reacting the way I was
-Approaching my goals and tasks in a way that never really resonated with me and feeling like the only way to be successful was to be louder or more aggressive
-Feeling like I was wrong for wanting to do things differently
-Not really understanding my unique needs and nuances, and not appreciating my introversion or sensitivity for the gifts they truly are
As I've learned more about how I experience introversion and sensitivity, I've started to free myself from the confines of the extrovert ideal. I started to see, and really believe, that it was not only *possible* to do things a different way, it was both *acceptable* and *authentic* to do so. I started making changes to how I approached my life and work, doing things in a way that met my unique needs as a sensitive introvert and that resonated better with my unique style.
I've been observing more closely how introversion and sensitivity impact my daily life and the choices I make. It's been liberating and empowering. I've been finding my sources of inner strength and I've built courage to come out of hiding in the ways that work for me. Now I feel a much greater appreciation for my introversion and sensitivity. I see and accept my nuances not as burdens, but as true gifts that make me who I am.
I want you to help you explore how you experience introversion and sensitivity in your own life so you can come to know yourself, understand your unique needs, and appreciate the gifts that you bring to the table - just because you are who you are.
That's why I'm offering this Beyond a Book Club program. What I love about book clubs is that we all learn more from a book when we hear other people's perspectives and insights. But I want to take it a few steps further and help you really examine your unique experience with introversion and/or sensitivity. My vision is that the group members support each other in exploring our unique needs and how we can more fully appreciate our gifts and integrate them into our life.
This program is part group coaching and part guided self-coaching. I'll facilitate and guide the discussions, but as a group you will also support and encourage each other. I'll provide journaling prompts and other practices for self-inquiry to help you take what you are learning even further.
One thing about introverts is that we appreciate time to think and process before we have to speak. Some of us feel more comfortable contributing and engaging online, so we have the time to gather our thoughts before having to share. My hope is the digital nature of this program will meet you where you are, so you feel you can participate and engage in a way that serves your unique needs.
My role will be to bring the structure, to guide our exploration, to facilitate the discussion and provide the practices for self-inquiry. Your role will be to invest fully in yourself and to the program so you get what you need out of it.
The program will begin the week of September 9 and will run for six weeks. All you need to do right now is to take the first step: register for the program and then I'll send you everything else you need to know in order to participate.
I've provided a general outline for the program below; these topics will guide the conversation each week but we'll also evolve as needed based on the needs of the group.
- Program Intro and Setting your Intentions
- The benefits of journal writing for introverts; how to use it to support you in this program and in your life
- Exploring introversion - what does it really mean? And what does it mean for YOU?
- Feeling the pressure to pretend and perform; the things we do to try to fit in
- Quiet strength - exploring the unique gifts that YOU bring to the table and how your introversion can help you reach your goals
- Exploring your unique needs for solitude, contemplation, restoration, and comfort
- Distinguishing between enjoying time alone and being lonely
- Introversion does not equal anti-social; exploring your preferences for social interactions
- Defining, setting, and maintaining boundaries when interacting with others
- Exploring levels of stimulation - when it's just too much; learning what those triggers are for you, and what to do when it happens
- Understanding the fears and beliefs that may be driving your responses to various situations, circumstances, and people
- A fresh look at your comfort zone, discomfort zone, and stretch zone - finding your individualized path to stretching yourself and supporting your growth without going too far
- Practicing self-compassion and self-forgiveness
- What works for extroverts may not work for you: exploring your challenges, needs, and goals relating to your physical and intellectual wellbeing and finding your unique path
- What works for extroverts may not work for you: exploring your challenges, needs, and goals relating to your emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing and finding your unique path
- Examining your sacred places and restorative niches - how, when and where do you need comfort, safety and security?
- Is your home providing you the spaces you need for leisure/hobbies, relaxation, and rejuvenation?
- Creating a 'sense of home' within and around you whenever you need it
- Identifying your personal goals and next steps, how you'll move forward
- Program conclusion
I'd really love to learn with you and hope you'll consider joining me on this journey!