So it’s October 31st 2013. A normal day? I think not,because besides my morning meditation, there is never anything “normal” about my days.
It was just about 11.00am that I sat down in the foyer of the Marriott Courtyard, to wait for Johnny C Taylor, Jr. The purpose? To facilitate a Frameworks Coaching Session®. And this is where my story of “being open”begins. You see, the Frameworks Coaching Process® is a highly introspective and intuitive process, that requires that both the client and coach be fully present. A hotel foyer would never rank among my appropriate places to facilitate the session.
Johnny arrived within seconds, beaming and exuding what I term his signature combination of confidence and humility, that I don’t believe anyone else on this planet could duplicate. And asked, “Is it ok to eat while I dothis? I ordered breakfast.”
“No it isn’t” I replied, “but I have my croissant here to finish, so I can do that while you have your breakfast. It’s a light breakfast, yes?”
I am uncertain as to whether he replied, but I do recall my eyes wanting to pop out and holding back my natural “omigosh response” when his breakfast did arrive; because remember I mentioned that the FCP requires full attention. Johnny’s breakfast was to the plate, what the hump is to a camel’s back. My expression must have betrayed my thoughts, because he said to be “I can fully focus”
Well at this point, I was open as open can be. I realised that this was a simple decision. Give Johnny the benefit of my doubt. I would begin the process. If it was evident that he was not focussed,we would stop, if he was focussed, then alleluia!!! I could include in my list of accomplishments, having completed an FCP session with Johnny C Taylor.
So we began with the refining of his Focus Statement and key word descriptors of his desired future state. Check – this went smoothly enough. Then the first card was drawn – the Resource Insight – check. It was obvious that Johnny had defied all –scrambled eggs, pancake, syrup!!! This man was focussed. And I, with great effort, was able to obliterate the foyer sounds. But it was not over. As customary, I asked him for feedback on the process. What followed was his description of a less than 24hr journey from cynicism of the Frameworks Coaching Process®aligning it with Tarot Cards, to a decision to be open, to acknowledgement and acceptance of the insightful nature of the FCP as he remained focussed and analysed what emerged from within him; a transition into an expanding vision of what this process could achieve for him, his organisation and others and charting a clear course of action.
At the end of it all, I was ecstatic that I had been willing to uproot my limiting assumption that neither of us would be able to focus in the selected location and beyond the pancake breakfast.
What are some of the limiting assumptions you have about the work you do, that prevent you from experimenting with the non-traditional and embracing and celebrating the success and abundance that is awaiting you?
Judy Joseph Mc Sween is the Business Intuitive/CEO of Meredith Mc Sween International and developer of the Time Out Suite of Corporate and Personal Interventions. To contact Judy for information on her “Time Out Online”, “Time Out 24 hour Personal Rejuvenators” and “Time Out Corporate Interventions” Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 868 684 9827