Please set aside a little extra time for this email in order to complete the exercise.
We have covered a range of concepts in this educational newsletter
including several small exercises designed to help you understand pieces
of the Cow Path Model of Change™. We have discussed the impact of social programming and touched on how
innate preferences and potential are impacted by external influences.
Most recently, we have begun to incorporate bits of the model into the
case study examples of Nancy and James.
As we have proceeded, I have asked you to think critically about the
suggestions I offer, and become both playful, and curious about your
exposure to concepts. By doing this we begin to move from an automatic
robotic state to more deliberate ways of being. Remember, influencing
the subconscious mind starts with conscious awareness.
In this email, we will continue to play with the example of James (please review email 48) and I will offer you a small exercise. Remember that James does not need
to become a speaker to become the CEO of his life, but his line of
reasoning may be keeping him stuck. By asking himself a new set of
questions he will:
-position himself for more clarity.
-save time and energy.
-potentially begin to move away from the pattern of viewing himself as “shy and anxious.”
With James, we are seeing the dynamic interplay of social programming
and innate preferences. On one hand, he may have come to believe that he
is not fulfilling a role he “should” be taking on, while on the other
hand he may not feel that the role is suited to his innate personality
preferences. This has created internal chaos which has led to a feeling
of stagnation and no real decision making. The situation continues to
trigger and cement the pattern of viewing himself
I encourage you to review the questions offered in the last email and be
curious about the emotional and physical response that each of the
questions might trigger for James:
-are there any questions that might nudge the door open to the sense of possibility?
-are there any questions that might automatically slam the door shut to the sense of possibility?
Terri Lee Cooper MSc. RSW