Why Your Life is Unique, Powerful, and Needed

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If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I'd want to pass along to others...

  • Humanity has always confounded me. We are supposed to be an ever evolving species and yet we make choices to destroy each other, the planet and its resources. However, not all humans are destructive or violent…people to people we usually see our differences and learn. But politics, power, and greed get in the way of love, abundance and freedom.

    My wish for all who read this is to know that we all have a unique purpose, a one of a kind story to play out while we are alive. We are relationship beings who are more alike than different.

    My path has most often taken me to be a healer, a mediator and a teacher. I have experienced a life well lived, and today I concentrate on being of service where I can.

    Most recently I have used my talents as a speaker and trainer of life coaches and have written books that illuminate. Many of us think we have to change our life by getting rid of stuff, a process of elimination. If we eliminate what bugs us, or gets in the way, or that which we don’t like, then our life will be better.
    But the truth I have found is that what works better is a process of illumination…shining the light on what we hide, what we have not uncovered about ourselves, and what we can change from the inside out.

    My questions then to all who find this writing, are: Who are you really? What is it you truly want? How are you feeding your soul and nurturing your heart? If money were no object what would you be doing? How would you be expressing your life every day?

    And even if you believe you might be constricted or constrained by circumstances, what brings you Joy? Peace? Hope? Ecstasy? Meaning?

    I believe one way is for all of us to find where we can explore our naked truth….to get naked with the right person, at the right time and place. Being vulnerable is a fact of living, but we also need to be protected.

    I believe in living life as the fullest, most authentic version of you, cutting the crap, releasing the baggage that has kept you a hostage for so long, and embracing all of you—the good, bad, public, and shadow parts—so you can integrate them and become an even stronger force in the universe through the secrets of honest self-revelation. The key is to discover where and with whom to be emotionally naked. Being vulnerable does not mean being stupid and careless. For example:
    • Practice being emotionally naked at the right place and time with the right people to release your negative patterns and create a provocative catalyst for reflection.
    • Discover new or hidden parts of yourself that can guide you to create a more fulfilling life.
    • Apply the tools of naked self-disclosure to your life so you can enjoy greater meaning and satisfaction.

    Patrick Williams

    Dr. Patrick Williams, Ed. D., MCC, BCC One of the early pioneers of coaching, Pat is often called the ambassador of life coaching.  Pat has been a licensed psychologist since 1980 and began executive coaching in 1990 with Hewlett Packard, IBM, Kodak and other companies along the front range of Colorado. He then took coach training at Coach University and taught for them as well and then started his own coach training school, the Institute for Life Coach Training. (ILCT) specializes in training those with a human services orientation. He has authored 6 books about professional coaching with W.W. Norton books. Pat is a past board member of the International Coach Federation (ICF). He is past president of ACTO, the Association of Coach Training Organizations and an honorary VP of the Association of Coaching Psychology and a Founding member of Harvard University’s Institute of Coaching as well as one of the first 24 Master Certified Coaches (MCC) internationally. In May of 2006 Pat was awarded the first Global Visionary Fellowship by the Foundation of Coaching for his Coaching the Global Village (www.CoachingtheGlobalVillage.org) initiative to bring coaching methodologies to villages in developing countries and to leaders of non profits and nongovernmental organizations who serve them. He is passionate about coaching and dedicated to ensuring it remains a respected profession. He is most recently certified by Points of You ™, a company with creative tools for training and development. His newest book, with Balboa Press is Getting Naked: The Importance of Emotional Transparency at the Right Time, in the Right Place, with the Right Person. Pat continues to speak and train others in aspects of optimal living.

    For more information, please visit CoachingTheGlobalVillage.org.

    View all posts by Patrick Williams.

    1. Tom
      Tom says:

      Coaching works, I know that. It just doesn’t necessarily take hundreds of dollars to make it work. I’ve found coachingchain.com to be very effective and incredibly cheap.

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    2. Virginia Reeves
      Virginia Reeves says:

      Many of us think we have to change our life by getting rid of stuff, a process of elimination. If we eliminate what bugs us, or gets in the way, or that which we don’t like, then our life will be better. But the truth I have found is that what works better is a process of illumination…shining the light on what we hide, what we have not uncovered about ourselves, and what we can change from the inside out.

      Patrick – I totally agree with this thought pattern. I like to think that acting on our own behalf means taking the good points and increasing them. Then look at the other areas and see what can bring you more peace, happiness, and growth.

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    3. Chrissy Carew
      Chrissy Carew says:

      Patrick, this is a beautiful piece. You are leading a positive and uplifting movement that lovingly challenges us to be vulnerable and transparent. Being vulnerable is easier said than done…however, your vision for the fruit it bears is very compelling. Thank you for encouraging us and reminding us about how deeply this will enrich our personal world and the world around us. I am grateful that you are spearheading this very courageous and enlightening movement. Patrick, you are a very wise, inspiring and loving role model. I feel blessed to have you as a very dear friend. I salute you Patrick!

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    4. Carol Schlintz
      Carol Schlintz says:

      The world is shifting, coming to understand that there is more to life than obsessive business and superficial interactions. Being emotionally naked (right person, place & time) is a huge part of the shift toward authenticity. Bravo Patrick for articulating this so clearly and shouting it out there!

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