What are Your Traits?

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear "traits?"
Most of us would initially think about things like eye color, skin color, height...You know, those genetically inherited traits. Just so you know, that's not where we're going here.

Instead, let's talk about the traits you have control over -- those traits that you or others might use to define your personality. For example: You could describe someone as outgoing, flexible, resourceful, generous...

You might be surprised to hear that psychologists created a list of words from the dictionary that showed there are over 4500 personality traits we humans have the capacity to express. 4500! A quick online search will give you a list of 600. From absent-minded to zany, anyway you look at it, that’s a ton of traits. (And a ton of ways to express yourself!)

Which Traits Should You Choose?

How do you decide what to show the world?
Interestingly enough, a lot of the decisions about how to show up have less to do with you and more to do with the ideas of those around you -- the people you've aligned yourself with as well, as the people you've learned to avoid.

It's your human nature to seek acceptance.
Think about it: From birth on, we're taught others' ideas for the "right" and "wrong" way to behave -- how to be "good" and not be "bad"-- what it will take to be accepted and belong. We take on and follow these rules, trusting that doing so will lead to our being accepted wherever we go on a larger scale.

There's no such thing as universal acceptance.
But you've probably realized that by now. Or really even anything remotely close to a standard for the "right" way to show up. It can even seem like others were given an entirely different playbook!

Your Traits are Dynamic

Stop judging yourself and others for not doing it "right."
We adjust our settings and dial down the aspects of ourselves that aren’t encouraged, and live in the lane of those that are -- even if we don't really like the way any of it fits.

It's time for a crash course in what it feels like to live whole.
That's why I've created this program. I think it’s time for a crash course in what it feels like to live whole. This means owning ALL of your traits – those you’ve labeled as “good” as well as those you’ve labeled as “bad.” Only then can we really know true acceptance.

In Summary:

  • How you show up is always your choice.

  • Traits on their own aren't "good" or "bad." It's our judgement that makes them so.

  • Your ability to choose how to best express a trait in the moment is at the root of your ability to build strong relationships and live more authentically.

  • Knowing how to intentionally express (or repress) traits so as to not harm or judge others is at the root of your sense of wellbeing and freedom.

How this Course Works

  • Weekly Focus

    Every week we'll focus on a different trait --some we might label "good"; some we think of as "bad." We'll explore different ways each trait can be expressed, and dig into our emotions that give it meaning.

  • Daily Practice

    You'll have the opportunity to put these ideas into practice with simple but powerful awareness-building exercises, thought-provoking questions, and motivational tips that you can use in day-to-day life.

  • Shared Insights

    At the end of the week we'll recap the big a-ha's from the week and you'll have what you need to create a plan to more effortlessly integrate what you've learned as your new reality and way of being.

Here's What You'll Get

  • A weekly exploration into how your traits can hold you back, or support you in showing up as the person you intend to be

  • Thought-provoking insights for how to shift your trait perspectives along with plenty of opportunities for Q&A

  • Customized videos, guest speakers, and an occasional pop-up web meeting to support you and spark deeper inquiry, broader application, and lasting success

  • A private (within the course) discussion board to ask questions and share your insights. No social-media accounts required!

  • The opportunity to focus a bit of time on yourself and make meaningful shifts that will help you experience more of what you want in life, and less of what you don't

It's time to enjoy the full range of who you really are.

Your Course Facilitator

Michelle Sterling

Founder, VisActiva Learning & NowBacktoMe

Michelle Sterling is on a mission to improve the human experience of life in our chaotic, hyper-connected, always on world.
Combining her expertise in organizational learning & performance with findings from the latest scientific research, Michelle generates fresh insights on the human experience that can help you learn ways to show up more fully in life without sacrificing those things that make you unique.
With her thought-provoking content and lighthearted style, Michelle will leave you feeling not only better equipped to put your own ideas to use, but also inspired to join her on the quest to find a better way to work and live -- so we can all get back to the serious business of enjoying what we bring to life.

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This course is only offered once a year. Sign up now and start living your life, feeling more authentic, dynamic and whole.

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