Who will you choose to be? with Alan Seid
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Meet Our Featured Guest on Express Success Radio
Alan is the founder of Cascadia Workshops, a coaching and training organization designed to support others to make the biggest possible difference they can in their lifetime.
His passion has been to work with individuals, organizations, leaders, and changemakers who are committed not only to their own growth and development, but to leaving the world a better place than they found it.
At the age of 16, Alan was deeply engaged in his personal journey and educating himself about the world. He delved into books about the earth, humanity, and ecology and soon became panicked when he found himself at a crossroads.
He realized that he had to choose to either be part of the solution of living harmoniously and sustainably with the planet, or he could choose to “remain unconscious”. He chose to be part of the solution and committed himself to discover best practices for living in harmony and then live from his values and truly walk the talk.
Alan continued his learning and inner growth work at the same time that he worked hard into his late twenties and saved up enough money to take a year off to more deeply investigate and become masterful. By making wise choices, he was able to stretch that single year into a full seven years. He calls it a self-directed sabatical during which he gathered a series of powerful tools for living out his values.
The Action Steps
Alan condenses his experience into some very clear steps we can follow:
1. Go Deep: Slow down, be with yourself, and take the time to answer the question “What really makes me come alive?”. By finding and then following those impulses and passions, you will find true staying power to build a life that sustains you rather than drains you.
2. Speed Is The Enemy: Notice all the times in your day when you’re rushing here and there. Being in a hurry runs counter to having the space to go deep as Alan recommends. He suggests that we choose a time each day for reflection and going within ourselves, and to treat that time as sacred. Give yourself permission to write, walk, have fun or follow what your heart calls you to do… PLAY!
3. Be Honest With Yourself: It’s important that we strengthen our ability to ask significant questions of ourselves and then to listen carefully and really BE with the answers without judging or discarding them. Ask “What’s the most important question I need to ask myself?” if you don’t know what to ask.
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
― William Hutchison Murray