A man named Joseph Campbell, a mythologist and teacher, found the similarities in myths across different times and cultures. What he found was that the hero of each myth went through similar stages and ordeals, physically and psychologically in every myth. He called this template or structure the Monomyth. I summarize the stages below – see if you can find where you are on this journey.
Fear of change, pain and loss keep one tethered to the status-quo and while the call to adventure and self actualization can be refused it isn’t without painful consequences.
It’s time to cross the threshold. Make that life-changing (life-starting) decision and leave the old world behind. Quit that crappy job. End that abusive relationship. Take that trip you’ve always dreamed of. Go out and live on your own. Open that business. Whatever it is, it’s the start of your intentional journey of personal growth, and there’s no turning back.
It won’t be easy. There are barriers, challenges and obstacles along the way – some in the form of people you know and trust. They’re scared for you and without meaning to, they crush your dreams and scare you out of moving forward. If not them, there are other obstacles that challenge you and test your will.
Many do retreat and try to go back to life the way it was before but after a while find themselves suffering – boredom, anxiety, depression, pain, lack of drive and spirit.
But all hope is not lost. If one still dares to listen to their heart (soul, higher self, spirit) they find the courage, strength, and the wisdom they need to forge ahead.
Often, one finds a guide or mentor (or coach) along the way to guide, teach and inspire them to believe in themselves and their cause.
Again, they set out to reach their destination and they’re confronted with obstacles and challenges that summon and invoke strengths and qualities they didn’t know they had.
And then, victory! The challenge overcome, destination reached, and the goal achieved. But somehow that is now secondary to the greater achievement, that of discovering who they truly are and the purpose they wish to serve in life.
The journey is not over. Rather, it is only round one of a cyclical process that can go on for the rest of one’s life.
In later journeys, one finds even greater gifts and treasures within the mystery of their inner world. For when they can confront and embrace all parts of themselves – the glorious and the exiled – nothing in the outer world can stop them from creating and enjoying an authentic, rich and meaningful life.
Self Discovery & Personal Growth Coaching
I hope you can see that you are on your own Hero’s Journey, as am I, and everyone else we know. We could all use some guidance, support and encouragement and coaching can serve these needs better than anything out there.
There are fundamentals you need to learn to prepare for the journey. At HeartRich, we coach with the heart in mind, meaning that we use the physical and figurative heart as a gateway to access and cultivate the best parts of ourselves. From the heart we get our values, our courage, our will and our greatest gifts, love and compassion.
In order to transform yourself and your life, there are things you need to know about yourself. If you don’t know about them, you can’t change them. Over a decade of coaching (and nearly 20 years of my own personal development work) has shown me time and again that these are the foundational areas to work on so you can create the life you are meant to live.
The fruits of this work are an authentic, free life, rich with meaning, purpose, presence and fulfillment.
What You Will Learn & Work On
From safety & security needs, to belonging, to self worth, to love, to purpose – we all have a checkered history with getting these needs met. When one of these needs is threatened, we react instantly with our own signature stress response to protect ourselves.
Which needs trigger which reactions in you? What old fears & beliefs are causing you trouble today? How about we do some work on that?
Your Personal or Core Values are the virtues, principles, people and things that matter to you the most in this world. They are who you really are, they come from the heart, and they can guide you to choose your own way. In honoring them, you create meaning and fulfillment in your life.
Let’s get clear about yours!
With your needs met, your heart open and your values clear, what vision do you have for your future? Where are you? With who? Doing what? What do you truly desire?
You can even meet your Future Self and get some sage advice!
Strengths & Gifts
What qualities did you come into this world with that make you, you? What do you have a knack for? Always been good at? Often get complimented on or appreciated for? Don’t know? Maybe you haven’t been valuing your own strengths and gifts.
If you use your strengths and gifts in service of your values, you’ll not only create a meaningful life, you’ll probably also love it!
Does life have a purpose? Do you? These are tough questions with lots of mixed advice out there. You get to decide. Do you want to make a difference in the world? A clear understanding of purpose helps us find our motivation and will and reminds us to just be ourselves.
Honoring our sense of purpose gives life meaning and creates fulfillment.
True Self & Other Parts
Discover your true self and get to know the cast of many characters inside your own mind, like the infamous inner critic, the inner punisher, the people-pleaser and many more. The ultimate aim is to transcend our limited and restricted sense of who we are, so we can be whole, real, and free.
For inner peace & a full life, learn to accept & love all your parts.
How Does This Work?
Instead of creating a one-size-fits-all package and price, which we can do if you like, we will go session by session for as long as you find value in our work. Ideally, one session per week at first, and then creating more space in between (every 2 weeks, then every 3).
Please note: with certain exceptions for people who have done a lot of work on themselves in the past, this program is only available to those who’ve taken The HeartRich Fundamentals, so we already know each other and know if we’ll be a good fit. If you haven’t taken a look at that program, please do so now. If you definitely want to take this journey together, let’s combine it and start with the Fundamentals!
- 1-on-1 Coaching Sessions (mainly by phone)
- Materials emailed before each session
- Life Challenges & Commitments
- Check-In / Support Calls or Emails
Please fill in the form below to register for a coaching exploration session (consultation). We’ll have a 30-45 minute chat, mainly to get to know you better or get reacquainted, and talk about what you really want to get out of this and how we’ll work together.