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Parts Work

by Thomas Knoll – Founder, YourSecondCall.com

Parts Work is an intimate encounter with the practice of Self Healing Leadership.​ Subscribe to hear what it is like when we go inside to do this transformative work.

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migraines and twitchy fingers

Hi, it's TK. Before we get into the regular newsletter I want to let you know about something new I'm launching on April 29th: The Self Healing Leaders community is a space for high-growth leaders at high-growth companies who want to achieve great things without losing the joy and spirit of the pursuit. Leaders like you who already know that unlocking something inside will have the biggest impact on what happens outside. I am sending more details to people who join the launch list, and we...

6 days ago • 2 min read

This is a story of two clients I saw back-to-back on the same day. One was desperately wanting to control how much emotion they show to others, how to dial back their level of transparency, and create more firm boundaries about who gets access to their vulnerability, when, and how much. The other was reaching for a better way to connect with their team, to reveal more of the passion and energy they were feeling, and lead with more heart to get people fired up and sharing in their excitement....

about 2 months ago • 1 min read

“I need to figure out how to make a more revenue and more consistent income because I want my family to feel more secure.” Jeremey was feeling guilty about not doing enough to generate more revenue, and ultimately, more income for his family. When we went inside to learn about this part of him, Jeremey found a tight orange ball in his solar plexus. Almost immediately, a different part that felt very resentful toward this guilt swelled up, but we were able to get that one to step back and give...

2 months ago • 2 min read
lost in a rainbow fog

"I need to make a decision about whether to fire someone or lean in on investing in them. But I feel completely blocked, and not for the normal reasons, it's more like I'm afraid I'm missing something." Interesting. First of all, I really wanted to know what the "normal reasons" are. But this is about my client, not me, so I asked my nosy-curious part to step back and let my more neutrally-curious Self energy keep us present. We focused on the part that was afraid of missing something...

3 months ago • 2 min read
feet buried in the sand at the edge of the ocean

Have you ever buried your feet in the sand at the edge of the ocean? The non-newtonian-fluid / oobleck-esque properties of the solid/liquid sand create strange reactions. It is extremely easy to slowly slide your feet in and out. But if you make any sudden movements, or try to jump, you feel locked in cement. One of the leaders I work with and I met a pair of parts recently that had almost the same effect/affect. She was experiencing overwhelming pressure to move faster, grow faster, hire...

3 months ago • 2 min read

There is something magical that happens when we get into a state of flow. It feels like time slows down. Everything makes more sense. The pieces fit together better. Distractions fade. Done is the engine of more. The colors are brighter. And then a clown sneaks up and steals my kidney. Wait. What? If that sounds ridiculous, it is because it IS ridiculous. The likelihood of that happening is like oh point oh oh oh oh oh oh two percent. But parts don’t care. Parts exist in the same world as our...

4 months ago • 3 min read
brown wooden blocks on white table that spell prove them wrong

“Sometimes, I feel overwhelmed and trapped by this part of me that needs to prove myself to other people.” My client was describing why decisions that should feel simple had become paralyzing, and why writing reports or even basic slack replies needed 2 or 3 times longer than necessary to edit before hitting send. “Do you know, that growing up, I don’t think I ever heard my mom say she was proud of me even once?” It hadn’t always been so paralyzing. For a long time, the chip on the shoulder...

4 months ago • 1 min read

A lot of people like to say being an entrepreneur is like being on a rollercoaster: “The highs are so high and the lows are so low and the swings between will give you whiplash!” And, yeah, sure, there are plenty of those moments. But a lot of building a new business is just grinding things out — hour after hour, day after day. You have to do a TON of real boring stuff that isn’t really hard it is just tedious and mind numbing, and endless. It isn’t just a roller coaster, it is a roller...

4 months ago • 1 min read
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