The People First Project: Are you a change agent?
"If not you, then who? If not now, then when? If not this, then what?" My friend Kristin Fritz read this at her 24/7 Love event in April, and these words still ring in my ears. If not now, when? All we ever have is this very moment, and it's always the perfect one to do what we're all built for - serve.
I don't know where I first learned about The People First Project. Many mentors and coaches over the years have demonstrated it for me, and it's time I do the same.
I've been disenchanted with the coaching industry for the past few months. The sales pages, funnel systems, money-driven catch phrases, and thousands of uncertified coaches... it was all enough to make me want to leave coaching.
I even announced at an event I spoke at in June that I wanted to leave my 1:1 coaching behind. As soon as I said it, I knew it wasn't true. But sometimes we need to give ideas a voice to really know how we feel about them.
I thought it was my time to move on, but really what I wanted was to no longer be associated with coaching - which made me sad because I love coaching.
I'll never forget my very first coaching class, and my small cohort of ten or so students. I knew within the first few minutes I had found my home. What I discovered in life coaching school was that there's more than one way to help a fellow human being, and I had just found my way. After leaving graduate school twice for counseling and thinking I wasn't cut out to help people, coaching brought me home to something. To my own truth and, eventually, my purpose.
So here I was, on the brink of leaving it all behind, and my gut was screaming at me to take a second look at this. To not be so hasty and to slow down. To return to my roots, and if in the stillness of my heart, coaching didn't ring true then I could move on. But if in that stillness I remembered my fondness for this art, then I was to not only stay but stay with purpose.
I'm staying with purpose.
Enter the People First Project.
40 transformative conversations, 60 days.
The People First Project is my fiercest gift to my fellow change agents, visionaries, and possibilitarians to date. My mentor was right, I was full of hope and believed wholeheartedly in the potential of humanity and was apologetic for that hope. Because at times, hope can feel naive and even ignorant. I am not unaware of the injustice in the world. But injustice isn't new. What we choose to do about it and how we choose to rise, is.
"There is a worldwide grassroots movement of hope and humanity...passionately committed to creating a new story about human life on planet Earth."
- Paul Hawken, Blessed Unrest
"A new story about human life." Does this capture you like it does me? What could this be like? Justice for the unheard and unrecognized, equal pay, full bellies, free education, clean water, compassionate communication, happier adults, and sacred treatment of our planet?
What do you feel responsible for? What are you doing about it?
I don't just coach people. I coach your ideas, your potential, your hope, and your purpose. In the People First Project, I will help you unmask what you believe in with your whole heart until it sees the light of day. Because to say the world needs you is the understatement of the century.
This project is an invitation for 40 people and 40 brilliant dreams to come to life. I am built to serve people. More so, I'm built to really see people and why they're here. I've known this since I was a little girl. It is my greatest gift to give others an experience of their innate power and help carve them into the person their purpose needs them to be. This is my most radical project to date because I need this as much as you do. If this calls to you, keep reading.
A few things you need to know before you get involved.
The People First Project is not...
...strategy and planning. Your ideas are not something you can think your way through. Your stories are not calculated but are instead created from the need for love and safety. When they stop serving you and you decide to face them or untangle them, it’s time to come out of your head and into your heart. We go in with radical acceptance and self-discovery. You will take action, but first, you have to meet yourself where you are.
...just life coaching. Coaching is a powerful tool and one that I love. It’s a way of showing up with someone and using powerful, open-ended questions to inspire new action in them. I use a coaching container, but I fully understand that I can’t help you move forward and get you where you want to go without giving space to where you come from, first.
...guru-ism. You are your own guru and your own change agent, first. We can be guides for others, but all we can do is facilitate an environment where change is possible. I can't change you for you. Just as you can't change others. But you can walk your path with integrity and congruency. And that is the most effective path to change we can embark on.
THE PEOPLE FIRST PROJECT IS...
…an exploration of YOU and your voice.
This may be the first time in your life you really meet yourself. This may be the first time you connect the dots or see your stories as energy meant to heal, teach, and guide you and not something designed to trap, harm, or keep you stuck. All humans struggle and hold on to their stories unnecessarily. How freeing will it feel when your stories and limiting beliefs are no longer gripping you or when you are no longer gripping them?
Healing occurs when you create a new relationship to the things that happened to you, and when you let yourself learn from them without harming yourself or shaming yourself for them any longer, and instead understand their purpose in your life. What do you have to say and how have the things that happened to you shape what you're here to give and express?
…unearthing why you’re here and pursuing it with fierce conviction.
It’s our soul’s purpose to become complete, and we incarnate to learn what we need to create wholeness. Your calling is your gateway to doing this. Your purpose will ignite a kind of passion that is immeasurable and will bring your entire life into immediate alignment and understanding.
Suddenly you see that the things you thought happened to you really happened for you, and you are left with a profound amount of self-love and self-acceptance. For most, once integrated, this calling will lead you to teach, give, and serve others in some way.
…taking radical action for the benefit of serving others.
You cannot get someplace new until you create new, inspired action – action born out of your most authentic self. Movement is what creates the tangible results in your life. But I want you making the right movements inspired by your aligned self. Most of my clients come to me because they want something like money, health, purposeful work, to feel seen, success, etc. They also want joy, excitement, confidence, inspiration, and clarity. These experiences are inevitable with the right action. The things you want are not actually outside of yourself. They are an extension of your beliefs and how you see and experience the world.
…building self-love, self-acceptance, and self-worth.
All of life is an extension of how you see yourself and how you show up in the world. Imagine what is possible when everywhere you go, all you see are more ways to love and accept yourself? The most efficient way to world peace is self-peace.
…breakthroughs and new roots for a renewed self and planet.
Your entire life and the results you’re here to create are grown from your roots. Your beliefs, desires, choices, stories, attachments, and habits are your roots. The results you want to accomplish are your fruits. We focus on planting new roots so you can grow new fruits. This isn’t about doing more, but about being the person you need to be to accomplish the goals you have.
…growth and confidence for your belief in the power of possibility.
Within who you are and the things you’re dedicated to is a desire to grow and expand. There is no single right plan because everyone’s purpose is a path only they can walk. This is a kind of growth that brings new business, perfect clients, purposeful work, and new opportunities effortlessly to your doorstep. My role in this is to help you recognize it and help you say yes to everything you’ve ever wanted and asked for.