Earlier this year, I was watching a speaker do their thing at a group I was attending. For the first five minutes, I was spellbound – great presence, great premise, great promise. And then… nothing. It wasn’t bad. It just didn’t impact the audience the way I knew it could have. I thought to myself what I often think when I come across someone who has what it takes but hasn’t yet put in the hours to unleash the best of what they have inside them:

I’d love the chance to spend some time with them and help them see what’s truly possible.

In the past, I’ve done been able to offer that through one on one mentoring, but as my own writing, speaking, and product creation output has increased, I’ve learned to limit my one on one time to my apprentices and personal coaching clients.

So this September, I’m launching a new six month small group program for those who feel inspired to share the best they have inside them with the larger world. If you think this might be you, read on…

If you know my work ​you ​know I’m a bit obsessed with this quote from the playwright and social activist George Bernard Shaw:

“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”

To me, it speaks to what it is to live in to the full potential of our presence here on earth. But to my mind, being a force of Nature is not the same as being “a force of nature”. We might use that phrase to describe someone who wills themselves to dominate the world around them. They may well be impressive, but they can never be truly impactful.

The predominant creative force in the universe is our deepest Nature – the same force that created life itself and is experienced in us as a deep sense of aliveness and a profound sense of peace and well-being. And when we open ourselves up to be used by this force, that seems to me in itself the mightiest purpose available to us in our time here on the planet, no matter how much of how little of it we wind up having.

As much as I delight in being used to husband and father, life seems to want to use me to write, speak, coach, and teach. And I delight in being of assistance in any way I can to those who are called to be used for a similar purpose.

Here’s a not so short list of some of the many people it has been my honor to coach, impact, and mentor. Please understand, I take no credit for their gifts, their own impact, or their success. Many of them may well have been equally successful had they never met me and I venture to say nearly all of them have had other coaches and mentors along the way. But I include them because they have acknowledged my impact on their work and to introduce you to them if you’ve not yet had the chance to check them out. They don’t all believe what I believe, teach what I teach, or or work how I work. But each one of them has found their voice and lets the light within them illuminate the world around them on a daily basis:

Are you an emerging voice?

 

To me, this means you can at least loosely place yourself in one of two categories:

1. You’re called to share but you struggle to get things out of your head and into the world

You might think you’re not ready yet – that you need more time to get your thoughts in order or your ducks in a row. Maybe you think you need to understand more about internet marketing or build a larger platform before you can really begin. Maybe you’re just afraid – of criticism, rejection, or finding out you’re not as good as you think you really want to be. But for whatever reason, your output is limited and your best ideas are known pretty much only to you.

2. You have no trouble sharing but you’d love to find a way of expressing yourself that’s unique to you and something to share that impacts the world in an even bigger way

For years, I thought of myself as “a preacher in search of a gospel”. If this is you, you know you have the ability to get over yourself and get out into the world, but you many not feel like you have anything that unique to share or wish that you could do so in a way that even more people could hear what you have to say. This doesn’t hold you back as much as other people would think, but ultimately you don’t feel like you’re making the difference you really could and should be making in the world.

If you see yourself in either of these categories or you’re simply moved to be a part of this group, here’s how it works:

  • We’ll begin with a one on one call. The purpose will be to get to know each other a little better and to lay the foundations for our six months of work together.

 

  • The group size will be capped at twelve.  We’ll meet for the first time from the 22nd – 26th of September at my home in Los Angeles. Over the course of our five days together, we’ll take a deep dive into the nature of creativity and explore both the universal and the unique – that which is true for all of us and that which is unique to each of us individually.

  • We’ll meet each month for a 90 minute webinar to share progress and for coaching on whatever you’re bumping into on your journey. I’ll give a group assignment each month – a focus point to make sure things keep moving forward in the development and deepening of our own expression.

 

  • On the 2nd and 3rd of March, we’ll come back together at my home to reconnect, share our wins and wows, and solidify our grounding for moving forward.

The cost for this six month mentoring group is $15,000, and it is by invitation or application only.

What that means is that if we haven’t already spoken, you will need to fill out an application including a sample of your writing if you write or teaching/speaking if you speak and teach. You can find the full details of what’s required on the form.

Have fun, learn heaps, and happy exploring!

With all my love,

PS – I can only take up to twelve people in the group, and I’m going to take my time to fill it with the right people. If you’re not accepted, it doesn’t mean you don’t have talent, you aren’t “worthy”, or that you can’t or won’t be successful. But if I see something I can work with in what you’re up to (or want to be up to), it will be my honor to be part of your journey…

“If Superman needed a coach, he’d hire Michael Neill.” Geoff Hinsley

Executive Coach

“Michael Neill is a coach’s coach in the most positive sense of that phrase…he not only knows what it takes to succeed in coaching, he knows how to teach it to others.” Steve Chandler

Master coach, public speaker, best-selling author

“Direct and practical – Michael’s presence makes taking on challenges fun.” Egill Egilsson

Producer/Director: ‘The Wire’, 'Once Upon a Time'

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