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WELCOME TO EARTH We welcome new employees to a company and students to their new campus, by providing them with an orientation to help acclimate and acquaint them to their new surroundings, role, etc. This helps them to ease into their new setting in a way that prepares them for the challenges they may experience, understanding the do's and do not's, the culture, norms and their expectations, in order to help each individual be successful. Wouldn't it be awesome if we could provide such an orientation to life to our children and adults as they ready themselves for their life. Welcome To Earth provides an orientation to the biggest adventure and most amazing journey we will experience in this life…Our Life Here On Earth! This session provides some unique perspectives and considerations to make the most of this journey along with being prepared for the many challenges associated with life.

THE JOURNEY OF SELF-DISCOVERY: A PRIMER The process of self-discovery begins with a calling to discover who we are, and then proceeds to understand the many layers of self so to discover our; personality, dreams, aspirations, core values, definitions of success, happiness & love, along with identifying and dealing with those aspects of self and our past that are holding us back. It is about delving into our subconscious and identifying the unhealthy beliefs we formed, along with the experiences that helped to shape our; beliefs, values, attitude and perspectives. With this new self-awareness we can determine what we want to keep, what we need to accept, and what we want to change, so that we can heal our past and ultimately learn how to love and accept ourselves for who we are. Once the foundation of a strong self-esteem is in place, we can then venture into the deeper and more profound questions we have so to define our; truth, beliefs, gifts, purpose, and vision, so that we can self-actualize and become our true selves and full potential. Ultimately it is about achieving greater levels of meaning, fulfillment and happiness in our life. This session provides an understanding of the process and is intended to inspire, guide and prepare you for your own journey of self-discovery. Here is to discovering YOU!

A MODERN DAY VISION QUEST It was commonplace in traditional societies to provide a right of passage into adulthood, where individuals would live in isolation until they understood who they are along with their purpose. A great example of this is the movie, Dances with Wolves, where Kevin Costner’s character, Dunbar, responds to a traumatic event by going into isolation. With the help of his Indian neighbors, a journal for reflection, befriending Two Socks, he redefines self, his values, and who he really is. Modern societies have lost this important transition into adulthood, and instead places greater focus on acclimating individuals to our culture rather than understanding who we truly are. The purpose of this session is to share the amazing experiences and people I met on my own personal soul-searching journey across the globe in search of the answers to the deep and profound questions I had. As Michael Crichton states in his book, Travels, “Often I feel I go to some distant region of the world to be reminded of who I really am.” Enjoy an evening of story telling, along with an inspiration to consider embarking on your own modern day vision quest.

SELF-DISCOVERY WORKSHOP: CREATING YOUR STORY There Is a sign for visitors entering the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland that states, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” I will never forget the gut-wrenching experience it was being there, witnessing the pain and suffering from one of the dark periods in history. It had the impact of wanting to understand my own dark side including judgments, beliefs, behaviors that caused harm to self and others. Such is the case with our unhealthy beliefs we formed that result in negative patterns and experiences. The goal of this workshop is to take a pause and look into our rear-view mirror, our past, and to draft your story. They say, you are what you eat, which I would modify to say that the consequences we experience today are a result of our beliefs, which are largely developed during our early formative years. By reflecting on the key events of our past, we begin to understand our own story, about what happened, the impact this had, the beliefs we formed, our strengths and core issues. This provides the foundation for looking forward so that we are not condemned to repeat the negative aspects of our past. While volunteering in hospice care, I listened to countless stories of those ready to transition. One of the most powerful experiences I had from my volunteer hospice care was listening to countless stories from those ready to make their final transition. Why wait until then to craft our story, so that we have time to write new chapters, and live it!

SELF-DISCOVERY WORKSHOP: TOOLS FOR SELF-DISCOVERY We are fortunate to live in a time where resources to support our personal growth and self-discovery are plentiful, and that can fit within any budget. Taking that hard look within is not easy and for many of us has been masked under layers of denial, shame, facades and unhealthy beliefs that lie deep within our subconscious. These “tools” help us to expose our issues as well as our strengths, using our strengths to help cope, deal with, and ultimately learn to overcome our unhealthy beliefs and negative patterns. The goal of this workshop is to review the many tools that are available, share our experiences, and text drive a few of them, so that you can determine what tools you want to utilize to help you discover greater levels of meaning and happiness in your life.

SELF-DISCOVERY WORKSHOP: PERSONAL GROWTH AT WORK Have limited time? A busy life? Yet you still want to pursue personal growth and self-discovery? Then make use of the experience where we spend more time than with any other aspect of our life - our work! Think about it. Work is filled with so many dynamics and growth opportunities; people, personalities, power, greed, manipulation, politics, motivations, pressure, conflict, stress, success, failures, etc. This was how my self-discovery started, when I had received constructive feedback regarding how I was managing my team. It started the self-reflection process and interest in personal growth, and only grew from there. If we are unhappy at work, or with specific individuals, this is a great opportunity to use one of the core tenets of self-discovery which is to understand what is behind the unhappiness or conflict and within you. The use of the "tools for self-discovery" also provide opportunities to assess what is going on and why you are reacting the way you are. From this, you can make healthier decisions which are your growth opportunities. Then you can apply these concepts in all aspects of your life, wherever there are challenges.

SURVIVING CHANGE: BECOMING RESILIENT A constant in all of life is change. We love it when it goes in our favor and loath it when it delivers us with challenges and experiences we do not want. The pace of change is increasing today to what is an exponential rate compared to a geometric pace only a generation ago. Every aspect of society today is being impacted with changes in technology, economies, weather, etc. This is true of personal growth as well, introducing changes in how we think, feel, behave and become. Learning how to cope and deal with change is one of the key competencies today for leaders, employees, and individuals. The goal of this workshop is to introduce change as a process, one that has distinct stages and characteristics, that once learned can manage it more effectively, and over time to learn how to be resilient through change.

LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP: BUILDING YOUR LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION FROM WITHIN The world today is in dire need for great leaders, whether leadership takes the form of parenting our children, volunteering for a charity, politicians, or the CEO of a major organization. The gap is exacerbated as a result of the orientation of many leaders today using external power (force, control, fear, positional) vs. internal power (selflessness, compassion, relationship-driven, of the people, of the soul). The ability to positively influence and develop others for the betterment of society, the organization, and the individual, requires strong self-awareness, vision and beliefs that are consistent with focusing on the betterment of others vs. self. One of my missions in life is to be an advocate for, and develop, more authentic and effective leaders to contend with and solve the growing number of global and local issues we are facing. This is the topic of a new book on leadership coming soon. The goal of this workshop is to learn and apply the three elements of a solid leadership foundation, including greater self-awareness, understanding our driving beliefs, and developing a personal vision.

PERSONALITY ASSESSMENT: THE HERMANN BRAIN DOMINANCE INSTRUMENT (HBDI) Part of our uniqueness comes from our unique combination of personality preferences or traits. Personality assessments are one of the “Tools for Self-Discovery” I review in my book. These are often used in business settings to improve employee’s self-awareness of self and others, along with improving their ability to work with other individuals and in teams. Learning about our personality type, characteristics and preferences is an important element of personal growth and self-discovery. They help to explain our behaviors and tendencies, which is a key part of who we are and how we interact with the world around us. The use of a personality assessment was the trigger for me wanting to understand more about self. Each assessment I took was like taking a picture of myself from a different angle. Over time, the individual pictures formed a collage which represented me! The process begins with you taking the assessment, followed by a coaching session to help you understand the data and form general conclusions about self. This can be completed virtually using Skype or other on-line meeting tool.
 
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Michael James



Award Winning Author | Speaker | Facilitator