Thursday, January 31, 2013

W05.04 Continuing My Story: Alexander Business And Life Mentors

“Rich or poor does not matter – it is what you are believing and thinking that matters.”

“Money does not bring happiness, it may even increase suffering.”

You have heard all those sayings – and it’s true that money does not equal happiness – but my first business mentor, Brendan Nicholls, taught me: sure that’s true, but if you want money you have to deal with all those beliefs you are thinking, because those are the thoughts that keep you poor.

Brendan’s sales pitch was “Money in your pocket.” He was not impressed by the symbols of “success” and he himself lived a simple life style, in an unassuming home, where his neighbours had no idea that he easily nets over one million dollars a year – and that’s after giving away 20% of it before tax. Brendan had no time for the flaky, new age reasoning behind the maintenance of poverty: “In my life, I have only meet a few people who genuinely do not care about how much money they have. The rest are just kidding themselves.”

He kept those people out of his domain by charging $8,000 essentially for one three day residential – there were also two one day workshops and a monthly call in day over a year long education program. It cost me 10% of my annual income at the time, and I paid for it personally: it was one of the best investments I ever made in me. When you got into Brendan’s inner circle, it was clear that gaining wealth was all about personal transformation: it was all about undoing the ideas that kept you poor.

Brendan had an essentially Alexandrian message about creating wealth: getting money is easy, the hard part is undoing all the beliefs that stop it’s flow. At one point in his seminar I stood up and shared “Something is not right in my life. I have five wardrobes in 5 different cities and I seem not to know where I am going…” Brendan looked at me and asked: “Do you know who you are?”

It led to separating from my wife, virtually sacking my old, long-term business advisor, being assaulted in anger by one of my staff (I provoked it), having a Director of ProCourse resign (because of my behaviour), an entire re-design of BodyChance’s staffing structure, a new product niche, an apartment in Tokyo – the list goes on. Mentors, when they are effective, will revolutionize your life. The change will not be what you are imagining it is.

Brendan also opened the door to a simplistic way to manage my time and business efforts: “The only way to make money is when you, or one of your agents, is in direct contact with a potential customer.” Analyze your time yesterday: how much time was spent putting your Self in front of potential students? If you have few students, I can already guess your answer. It is easy to avoid doing the thing you need to do because of old habits. Haven’t you heard that one before? In the gaining of wealth, students and a financially successful career as an Alexander Technique teacher, the same Alexandrian process applies.

After Brendan, I began to have fascination for all the marketing gurus, which the United States of America is prolific in producing. People like Perry Marshall – the world’s greatest email writer and a Google adds ninja; Dan Kennedy – the Marj Barstow of the marketing world whose seminal work lies at the heart of modern, direct marketing technology; and the huge variety of niched marketers like John Carlton (copywriting) Seth Godin (marketing advice) Jeff Walker (launching products), Brendon Burchard (being an expert), Ryan Diess (sneaky black art marketing), Greg Habstritt (wealth creation), Steve Harrison (getting published) Philip McKernan (authentic personal growth), GKIS (monthly membership club for direct marketers), Dereck Halpin (building a blog following), Don Crowther (monetizing social media) and if that doesn’t put you into overwhelm, there’s the historical gurus that founded this success movement, starting with Napoleon Hill’s classic Think and Grow Rich available here for free. Or the Prince of Print Gary Halbert. - you can spend hours reading through his amazing sales letters at that site. Start your education now.

Napoleon Hill first coined the term MasterMind Group: his research of wealthy people showed that most of them held their behaviour to account by being part of a peers/mentor “mastermind” group that overviewed their business strategies.

Have you got one of those organized? If not – put one together with local teachers. Invite non-Alexander practitioners in: you learn a lot by hearing how people in other professions solve the problems you are grappling with.

My years of reading and studying led me to the conclusion that I needed a personal business coach, someone who had gone way deeper than me into the myriad of marketing methodologies and knew which piece fitted where in my Alexander Technique business. My aim today is to transform my 1 million dollar business to a 10 million dollar business, and I have no real idea how I do that…

This led me to Paul Lemberg, whose free “7 Ways To Faster Business Growth” is a mini crash course in what every small business owner needs to know. Paul and I connected immediately, and I had him fly over to Japan to work with my team, and we continue to work together via Skype every week. He doesn’t come cheap – costing BodyChance $30,000 annually – but that is my next message to Alexander Technique teachers hungry for success…

You don’t get good advice cheap – the people who know what they are doing are only interested in working with the people who know what they want. The simple way to keep out the laggards is to charge a lot. That ensures you get a focused, committed group of people who will actually implement your advice. People who complain about the cost just don’t get it – you have to speculate to accumulate. You need to be a risk taker.

I promise you, every major spending decision I made, starting with the $3,000 I paid Tom back in the days of my imploding ATA business, was a stomach wrenching decision that I ultimately never regretted. If you want to move up a level – accept 1. You need a mentor; and 2. This will cost you. My experience tells me this is the surest, fastest way to success and the best investment you can make. Somehow, this gets forgotten in MBA courses.

Finally I come to my deep practice mentor, a woman I will be meeting in USA this March for the first time when I attend her 9 day $5,000 seminar in Ojai, California. Oh yes – I will be hanging out in LA if anyone wants to catch up? I would love to meet some of you following my blog there. Just drop me a line at jeremy@bodychance.jp - I will be in LA for March 7/8 and again on March 19, maybe 20.

For those who don’t know the work of Byron Katie – she has devised the psychological mirror that you need in your back pocket for those who read my previous blog about that. In that blog I asked: how can you get irrefutable, objective feedback about your behaviour, as Alexander obtained with his real mirror? Katie’s ‘mirror’ is enquiry - “Four questions and a turnaround” - that cuts through the sensory delusions that keep you inside the box of your own experiences.

Touch was Alexander’s breakthrough answer to this ‘mirroring’ question for working with his students, but Katie has gone on to devise a teaching methodology that substitutes Alexander’s physical mirror, and his touch methodology, for a psychological teaching methodology. It takes 5 minutes to learn and a lifetime to perfect. Which also reminds me of Alexander's discoveries.

When you think about it – Alexander’s “primary control” is not the cause of dysfunctional co-ordination, it is the agent. The cause is what I am thinking and believing: about the world, about you and about me. It is these thoughts that bring about inappropriate co-ordination, which in turn results in pain and suffering of a physical and mental nature.

The first thing that strikes you about Katie’s work is how similar her language is to our community. Her website incorrectly claims: “Unlike every other school on earth, this one isn't for learning—it's for unlearning.” She could be describing an Alexander Technique school. Also, like Alexander, she chooses to call what she does ‘the work’. It was how Alexander also referred to what he taught. Finally – her work is entirely secular like Alexander’s, but mysteriously moves people into deep, life changing experiences, as does Alexander’s work.

Her work is so simple, it is astonishing – but I often also use those very words to describe Alexander's discoveries. Watch this example of how Katie’s mirror of “4 questions and a turnaround” helps Emily undo years of confused feelings about her husband in one session. I cry ever time I watch it.

So this is my unfinished story, but I wanted to share with you the “secret” behind my success – it is dampening the ego that would have you believe you know everything you need to know already; instead admitting that in some things you are powerless; and finally being willing to surrender to the wisdom of others who have previously walked where you want to go.

TOMORROW: Christine Johnson put through the hoops of my 12 Step Plan For Financial Success As A Teacher Of Alexander Technique. This one is good.
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

W05.03 My Teams of One


Marjorie Barstow died on Monday 31st July, 1995.

The night she died I had an extraordinary dream. I was in alone in a house, or so I thought… Suddenly this woman appeared at the end of the hall: “I can see you” she said, and her eyes bore deep into my essence. I realized in that second that I was totally naked, that I could never hide from her, no matter what I did. The power of her penetration terrified me, and I let out a startled cry and sat bolt upright in my bed – all in one flash movement. And there I was, wide awake in the middle of the night, sitting up in my bed - my heart beating fast - wondering what the heck had just happened.

Two days later, I found out that Marj had died that night.

My mentor was gone – but was she? I think the best mentors live on as voices inside, offering echoes of advice once heard when present to their many words and experiences with you. Marj was one of a long line of mentors that led me to where I am today…

After Marj’s death, I carried on with my lifestyle: flirting around the world, doing seminars for Alexander Technique teachers on Marj’s way of working, while also going more deeply into my “emotional work” version of Alexander Technique. My home base was a lovely apartment (which I still have) at Clovelly beach in Sydney, and it was on a sunny day there that my next mentor found me. Or I found him – I am not sure which is true.

Vicky Mackenzie, a freelance Journalist, had come to interview me about Alexander Technique, and when the interview was finished we got talking. It had been two years since Marj’s death, and during that time I had begun to notice that I seemed to be marking time – after the heady years of discovery alongside of Marj, I now noticed there was little personal development happening. I was broke at the time, so I could not afford a ‘life coach’ or do seminars, but I had always been interested in Buddhism. Maybe that was a way to spur my personal development? I thought: “That’s cheap – they usually don’t charge to study religion,” so I made the determination that I would visit a different Buddhist Centre every week for a year, until either I found a place that felt like home or I gave up looking.

As I told Vicki my plan, she remarked: “Oh, I have just finished writing a book about a Tibetan monk!” Her book was “Reincarnation: The Boy Lama” (Wisdom Publications, 1996). and it turned out to be a compelling and moving drama by an ex-Fleet street journalist on the life and times of Lama Yeshe. I had found my new mentor. I know for certain that Lama Yeshe sent me to Japan, although I have never met him in person. He was dead before I even knew he was alive.

Arriving In Japan
It was through further miracles, too numerous and varied to relate here, that I finally found my Self arriving at Kansai airport in Osaka in October, 1997. I had just come out of a three month purification retreat – living in a little hut 5,000 meters above sea level in Solukhumbu region of Nepal – to be met by the woman who eventually became the mother of our two gorgeous daughters, Angelica and Grace. And I stayed in Japan, as most of you know! It was not my plan, but it was the plan that happened to me.

Yuzuru Katagiri, the Godfather of Alexander work in Japan, took me under his wing, and started mentoring me in the mysterious ways of Japan. Yuzuru had personally sponsored the first teacher training school in Japan, had been bringing many great Alexander Technique teachers, had translated numerous books, and he generously supported my efforts to open and run a school. Over the years his service was invaluable, but as the school grew, and he aged (Yuzuru is now in his 80’s) the demands of ATA (as I was then calling my school) outgrew his ability to offer support.

It was my business, but it was imploding. Students were graduating, but I was failing to enroll new students. The journey that started from there has been documented in my article for DIRECTION Journal. It was my desperation and growing despair that reminded me again that whenever I had been in this place before – I had found a mentor to pull me out…

Yuko Suzuki – who now heads Operations for BodyChance – was at that time in the high echelons of Sony Corporation, and a regular student of mine. She spoke English and was the only person I could think of to turn for help: “ATA is in trouble,” I told after a lesson one day “Can you find anyone who could help me?”

That simple request led to the transformation of my business, of my life, of Alexander Technique in Japan. It was like a line in the sand, a moment that I now look back and realize: “Oh, that is when I really began to get serious about Alexander Technique as a business.”

So when are you going to get serious? When will you draw your line in the sand and say “I don’t care how I feel or what it takes, I will follow this direction to gather many students, succeed financially as a teacher of Alexander Technique and leave the world a little better than I found it.”?

How Do You Find A Mentor
If you feel lost, you need to find your mentor. A personal, face-to-face person is the most powerful – aim to find that person. At a deep level, you are calling for someone who will reflect back your ignorance – particularly your active ignorance, because that lives in the domain of what-you-don’t-know-you-don’t-know. You need a trustworthy guide taking you from the known to the unknown.

Gurdjieff once defined a mentor as any person who knows what you don’t know. Another way to define a primary characteristic in an effective mentor is based on a maxim in our teaching: you are only as good as you are able to functionally integrate the work. So when I choose mentors, I ask: do they walk the walk? Or just talk the walk? Have they demonstrated their knowledge by what they have created in their own lives? Or are they a theorist dispensing advice that they do not follow?

My financial advisor, for example, needs to be a very rich person before I will listen to them. I want to know, just as I would with my Alexander Technique teacher, that they have tested, implemented and lived the choices they are asking me to make.

Where’s the proof? It is in how they have lived their lives…

TOMORROW: My Business Mentors and Who I Recommend You Study
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

W05.02 How Do I Do What I Want To Do When I Don’t Feel Like Doing It?


Paul Cook, Editor and Publisher of DIRECTION Journal, wrote to me on the weekend thanking me for the blog, and then asked… “I wonder what's in it for you... all this generous outpouring for AT teachers? Is there a paying model at some stage?”

It’s a great question, and I am sure the savvy business types among you are wondering the same thing. Well first relax – it will keep coming. I will finish this free online course and continue to blog. The “because” behind my effort fits in nicely with the topic of this week: mentors, team and support, so I decided to share my reasons for doing this blog…

You are my team of one. You are the people who keep me awake. I am leveraging a relationship with you to support me doing something I might otherwise avoid doing. This is what I call creating a structure of fulfillment - or changing your system - to get what you want. It is vital to your success.

Let me explain.

This April I will launch in Tokyo an entire new module of BodyChance’s ProCourse (Alexander Technique Teacher Education). I am calling it CareerThinking. It is not a glamorous name, but it fits in with our two other training modules: BodyThinking and ThinkingBody. CareerThinking will be an elective course, not a requirement to receive a BodyChance Alexander Technique diploma.

The new course is a year of study divided into 12 Units: each month is a new topic, and students will receive an audio mp3 from me, a worksheet with tasks for the month, a weekly letter of ideas and encouragement, and a monthly Sunday evening belly-to-belly meeting when I “hotseat” each person’s work on developing their Alexander Technique teaching career. My intention is to show BodyChance teachers how they can generate great success in the market because: 1. That’s what they want; 2. It changes society because it changes people; and 3. It encourage more people to train at BodyChance rather than anywhere else!

So this is a big vision thing, but boy does it take a lot of time. To make this course work, I need to drill down, study, write, think, prepare. And I was already busy! How can I do that?

By changing my system. By creating a structure of fulfillment.
Over the Christmas holidays I devised this plan to run the entire course for free in English on my blog as a way of “rehearsing” what will happen in Japan. Of course for the Japanese course all these materials need to be translated – so they must be prepared ahead of time – and I need super clarity about how all the 12 Units fit together.

What better way to “compel” me to do this than by promising it to you, and then delivering on that promise. It leverages my deep sense of honour, of duty, of purpose. Or putting it more bluntly: It leverages my ego! You are supporting my ego getting this done on time.

Yes – I want to do this, but when I got home from teaching all weekend, and then meetings all day Monday – did I “feel” like writing my blog? No. Did I write my blog? Yes. Was I happy that I wrote my blog? Yes, estatic. It didn’t make me tired, it energized me towards my vision. It woke me up again. The truth is: I want to write my blog! Not feeling like writing my blog does not mean I do not want to write my blog. I think many people get confused by “want” and “like”. There are lots of things we don’t “like” to do that we “want” to do. Think about it, you will get it.

So if you are “stuck” wanting to do something, but feeling obstructed by “I don’t feel like doing that now” (for whatever reason) then your will power can not help you. As Alexander wisely commented: “Trying is only emphasizing the thing we know already.” What can help is changing the systematic way you go about achieving what you want to do. You do that by consciously creating a structure to fulfill what you want. And a key to that support structure is “other people”.

This ties in with yesterday’s blog about using a “mirror” to support building your career as a financially successful teacher of the Alexander Technique. Obviously, being financially successful as an Alexander Technique teacher will not be supported by carrying around a mirror in your back pocket, and checking out your primary control every time you don’t feel like doing what you want to do. That’s ridiculous. But the lesson from Alexander’s story remains – how can you find an objective, irrefutable source of mirroring of your behaviour?

That would be you.

These days, my blog receives on average 300 views. As these things go, it is not much, but when I imagine that this probably equals more than 100 people – that’s still a lot of people! And I know you are checking it out each day. You are my mirror that tells me irrefutably if I am doing what I said I would do. You are my will power, you are my structure for fulfilment. I can’t thank you enough for the support I get from your comments, your feedback, your discussions and posts on my facebook page – this is what energizes me, this is what keeps me going.

Who needs will power when I have all of you?

So how could you build something like that now? What structure could you create that would call you to your “want” when you least feel like it? How can you change your “system” to get things done, so that you really get things done?

Please share on facebook your ideas about this – that helps other people, not just you. Which is another example of what I am writing about. Those of you feeling stuck – read this post again and again until an idea of what to do emerges for you.

A final example of what I mean: if you want to practise cooking, invite some people over for dinner. This idea is so simple, it is shocking.

TOMORROW: Your Team of One (I know, this was supposed to be today)
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Monday, January 28, 2013

W05.01 Alexander's Breakthrough Needed A Mirror - What Will You Use To Get the Same Result?


He was desperate – his whole life was at stake.

He had done the rounds, tried their suggestions, and finally ended up here: alone, half-dressed, wondering where it had all gone wrong… He was a long way from home, and there was no going back to the island. Anyway, he didn’t want to go back, not there, not to him. Later, he would deny it. Bloch would find out, tell everyone – but he would be dead by then. It didn’t matter. What mattered was that he had to find out why – otherwise, there was no hope, no possibility.

Unless.

Finally it hit him: he had to employ an agent. There was no choice anymore – he had to go down that path, whatever the consequences. But who? Where? How?

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Our film noir hero is Alexander of course: circa 1870s, trying to get his life back on track after a devastating loss of voice that spelt the end of his career, drowning dreams harboured since a little boy. Many Alexander Technique teachers feel a similar desperation – loving this work, feeling how precious and valuable it is, and wondering how they can do something about it. “Why do I have so few students? How can it make this work?” So it behoves us to re-read Alexander’s story: what did he do to save the situation? How did he climb out of his despair?

He used a mirror. It sounds so ordinary doesn’t it?

Yet over the years, as I have read his story countless times, I have come to see that this is a profound metaphor for anyone in stuck in ignorance about a dilemma they can not solve. I was particularly struck by Jennifer Mackerras’ comment in her guest post on my blog yesterday which clearly illustrates this point:

But seeing it written down by someone else allowed me to think about it more clearly. It gave me permission. I have discovered that I, just like my students, sometimes just need permission to think the unthinkable, so that change can occur.

What did the mirror do for Alexander? It reflected back his behaviour in an objective, irrefutable way. It didn’t add, comment or judge his actions – it merely “reflected” them. In Alexander’s case, this reflection revealed the opposite to what he imagined was happening. His head was pulling back when he believed it was not: 

There was no question about this. I could see it actually happening in the mirror.” (UOS, Ch 1, p.41)

It is also this way with personalities – you can think you are being reasonable, but the report you get back is that you are being righteous, vindictive, angry and delusional. So many divorces, wars and conflicts erupt from this fundamental ground. It would be better that you engineer a way to see what you are doing, especially given humanity’s wonderfully ability to delude itself.

So who is going to be your mirror?

Friends don’t usually offer that kind of honest feedback. You need to seek it elsewhere. Who will tell you: fearlessly, unashamedly, without prejudice the truth of you? And the ultimate answer for the courageous is your enemy, that’s who. Enemy? Well, call them your irritant, the person who “gets under your skin.” This person could be your teacher, mentor and advisor. Basically, any person you can rely on to tell it how they see it. I choose “enemy” first because you can be sure their view will oppose your own, and that is valuable information if you are willing to consider it. Doesn’t that remind you of someone: Alexander, believing his head went forward, when his mirror revealed it actually went back. The opposite of what you believe to be true is often as true, if not truer. I have learnt this lesson many times, and it is an integral factor in Alexander Technique lessons.

Yet your enemy’s viewpoint is usually the only feedback you ignore. Not just ignore, but actively ignore: putting huge resources into refuting, denying, squashing. Are you doing that somewhere in your life right now? That kind of behaviour should be ringing your alarm bells. As Shakespeare so elegantly expressed: "The lady doth protest too much, methinks." However, not all of us are cut out to face our enemy this way. So if that doesn’t appeal to you, what next?

Pay someone.

When you want specific feedback, it is necessary to find a person qualified to give you that. The best mirror is a person who absorbs your information, asks questions and then illuminates patterns you have not discerned. Not adding anything: but helping you get behind your eyeballs to see how you are seeing. Do you have someone like that on your team of one? If not, that could be why you are stuck…

How I Got Unstuck
I first discovered the power of this insight when I was trying to overcome my overwhelming desire to get drunk at every opportunity I could. I didn’t reach the point of turning up drunk for a lesson, but I would dream all day of my first drink; I would have black-outs and do things that next day caused me to shrink in horror and remorse as I listened to my companions’ report. Some of you know the space I went into.

I tried so hard to stop, but could only be effective for short periods of time. Like Alexander my repeated loss of control was relentless, and resisted all attempts on my part to overcome it. I have written about this period of my life in the DIRECTION issue on emotions: my breakthrough came when I started attending meetings based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. At those meetings, I would often arrive on edge, desperate for a drink but after 90 minutes of listening, leave calm, reassured and have no desire to drink left in me. How did that work?

Meetings served the function of a mirror. Listening to other people was a way to listen to voices inside me that I tried to ignore. Hearing these thoughts spoken by others woke me up to the truth of feelings within myself. I admitted things I had been trying to push away. The meetings were powerful antidotes to my self-hate: negative feelings that I sought to numb out with reckless behaviour, instead dissolved to reveal my true self-love.

Odd as it may sound to you, this experience is a significant factor in my decision to shift BodyChance from Jan, 2013 to an exclusive group teaching Service Product. Private lessons are now an expensive premium, not part of our membership plan. This is both a pedagogical and financial decision. Students learn in an entirely different way when they see another person struggling with the very same issue that has been puzzling them, and groups support people continuing in a way that private lessons struggle to achieve.

This week’s blog is the start of exploring how mentors work, how a team works, how you get reliable, truthful information about what you are doing that will support you building your career. For all my deep talk, let me remind you that this blog is niched to Alexander Technique teachers & trainees who want to be financially successful teaching the work.

TOMORROW: Building Your Team of One
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Sunday, January 27, 2013

W04.07 Guest Post From Jennifer Mackerras in Reply to My Case Study...



On Sundays, as I continue my free online course for Alexander Technique teachers on my 12 Point plan to build a financially successful practise, I am offering each teacher who submitted their situation for a case study a chance to reply to my comments. Last week I wrote a case study of Jennifer Mackerras’ situation. This is her reply…

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He had me hooked right at the beginning:

"Jennifer is doing a great job - she doesn’t need my feedback. All the pieces are there, and she’s got them working together nicely, so why is she asking me for advice?"

I asked Jeremy for advice because I don't feel like a success. Pure and simple.

Yes, I work more than some teachers. But I don't teach as much as I would like, and as much as some other teachers I know. I want to be more successful. And yes, if I'm honest, I want to take myself to a level beyond that, to a national/international level.

Everyone has to have ambitions. :-)

And also, if I'm honest, I needed some reassurance. Much of what Jeremy said, especially with regard to auto-responders and the somewhat lukewarm copy on my website pages (especially the home and 'about me' pages) I had already suspected. But seeing it written down by someone else allowed me to think about it more clearly. It gave me permission.

I have discovered that I, just like my students, sometimes just need permission to think the unthinkable, so that change can occur. Does this ring a bell for any of you?

I had decided on a niche, but hadn't yet had the courage to stand by the implications of that decision. When you focus on a particular group, it feels like you are cutting yourself off from other possibilities, other students. And, of course, you are. But the possible students you are cutting off are almost certainly people who wouldn't have been quite suited by you, and that you wouldn't have enjoyed teaching as much as those who fit within your niche. So why try to talk to them?

I was trained to be able to teach anyone, both like-minded and non-like-minded people. But it is a logical fallacy to think that, just because I am able to teach anyone, that I therefore must teach everyone. If you try to speak to everyone, the message will be so diluted that you end up speaking to no one.

I'm going to say that again. If you try to speak to everyone, you will end up speaking to no one.

So the biggest outcome for me from Jeremy's advice is having the courage to follow through with my decision about my niche (that is, the people who I most enjoy teaching and who most enjoy how I teach).

My next steps?
I am already in the middle of a website redesign. Part of that will involve improving the copy so that it is stronger. No more holding back!

I have also already improved my auto-responder series, so that it tells more of my story and draws out good and useful teaching points with practical suggestions for the recipient. I'm going to supplement this with some bonus material - probably short Ebooks. We'll see.

I have also changed my adult education centre course for next term into two short courses more closely aimed at my niche. It's a great place to experiment with new ideas, so I can trial new material there. If it doesn't work, no matter. If it does, I can expand upon it and roll it out more fully in other venues.

And the future? As long term goals, I am intrigued by some of the more ambitious ideas Jeremy mentioned, like approaching actors and singers for their experiences with AT. It sounds like a lot of fun.

In the shorter term, I'll follow through on a lot of the ideas that I already have and that Jeremy mentioned in his posts. As I said in my original email to him, fear of failure has always been a real limiting factor for me. But ultimately what is worse: trying new stuff and having some of it go horribly wrong, or staying in the "same kind of badly?" Is this any different to what we all tell our students?

Going through this process with Jeremy has given me permission to think the unthinkable. But will you be braver than me? Will you give that permission to yourself?

TOMORROW: Alexander's Breakthrough Needed A Mirror - What Will You Use To Get the Same Result?
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