You need to pick yourself.
Now that I’ve finished my Integral Master Coach™ certification through Integral Coaching Canada, I have time to dedicate to doing the work I feel called to do.
Which is helping people tell their story and share their work in a way that’s effective, engaging, and inspires action.
I do this already through the writing and marketing service I offer coaches.
And my focus for 2019 is to develop more writers through coaching. As much as I love writing for other people, there are only so many humans I can create work for with this approach.
Through coaching, however, I can help people create their own work while they develop the capabilities they need to better show up and share the stories they need to tell.
All of this feels very in alignment with what’s important to me and the scale of contribution I want to make to the communities I belong to.
At the same time, I am also longing to do more creative work, ideally in collaboration with others.
Originally, I had my heart set on getting into a writer’s room for film. I was never one for watching shows and I have found a lot of comfort in the past year in shows like the L Word, Take My Wife, and Transparent.
As much as each of these shows is limited in their exploration of queerness—they are stories that are mostly centred on affluent, white, queer folx—they have helped me feel less isolated in times when I felt disconnected from the queer community.
This morning as I was writing in my Morning Pages, however, I was reminded of one of my favourite episodes from Seth Godin’s podcast, Akimbo, called You’re it. In it Seth talks about how essential it is that we pick ourselves when trying to do the work we feel called to do.
With the advent of the internet and social media, we no longer need permission to create our best work.
Gatekeepers—those traditional institutions/people who used to have the power to decide who made it and who didn’t—are becoming a thing of the past.
We get to pick ourselves now.
So, today I am thinking about how I can organize and facilitate a writer’s room through that lens. How I can bring the thing I’m hungry for into being so I don’t have to wait to find it or to be welcomed into it if I do discover one.
I need to pick myself.
Professionally and creatively.
Now, what about you?
How are you picking yourself today? How are you calling the shots so you can do the work you feel called to do?