I was watching an episode of Dick Van Dyke. In that episode a friend who was a hypnotist was over entertaining guests in the living room.  The main character, Rob was in the kitchen and could hear the conversation.  The hypnotist attempted to hypnotize one of the guests but it didn’t take, yet in the kitchen, Rob was hypnotized without knowing.  The trick was when the phone would ring, Rob would become incredibly drunk until the phone rang again and wouldn’t remember it.

The next day, while in a very important meeting the phone rings, he is drunk. His behavior is outrageous and very funny. One of the men in his office is offended.  Being that Rob is a comedy writer for a variety show, the other man loves it, thinking it’s an act.  The phone rings again and he is fine, not understanding why people are laughing at him.

This got me thinking, how are you acting out in your life without thinking? This example of Rob is extreme, but it shows how we can unconsciously act out and not understand the way it affects others.

When beginning your personal growth work or work with a life coach, you have the opportunity to look at how you show up in the world. You will see what works for you and what doesn’t. We can get so busy in our lives and do things without thinking.

We need to think about how our actions affect others. Know how what you say will land on someone else. I have seen too many people take others emotionally hostage. Just because something is not working out for you doesn’t mean you have the right to dump that on someone else. Pay attention to what your intention is before you act. Is it selfish or in the best interest of others?


+Michelle DeBerge

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Michelle has over 20 years experience in coaching, leadership and motivation. She is passionate about creating a community for growth, healing and support. She has been recognized for her work both locally and nationally. She inspires audiences and clients with her down to earth stories of struggle and growth. She believes that being authentic has been the key to her success.

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