For all the people who believe they are this ‘sort of person’, and wonder why, with some types of people, in certain situations, they become someone else? This pithy little book is for you.
I know myself I’ve suddenly sworn at another car driver, when usually I’m a polite person. And I can remember when I got nervous in front a crowd, when normally I’m a confident person. We all do this in different ways. One moment we’re being our usual selves, the next moment we’re over or under reacting in ways that hinder, rather than help us.
So here’s the good news. You’re not always like this are you? And that’s the point, it’s only a ‘Part’ of you, not all of you. Indeed, this book will gently guide you to experience first-hand the Parts that live within you. Part of you is reading this book right now, whilst another Part is probably thinking about all the other things you could be doing. Most of us live our lives unaware of which Part of us is taking the lead at any one particular time.
Now if all of this talk about Parts seems overly complicated and chaotic, then you’ll be relieved to discover that at the core of each of us is a ‘Self.’ Most people know their ‘Self’ as that extra calm and clarity you get when your ‘in the zone’, ‘communing with nature’ or meditating. In this book, you’ll have the opportunity to reconnect with your Self and re-establish your Self as the leader of your inner Parts. This shift in viewing your inner world as comprising ‘Self’ and ‘Parts’ is seismic and thus transformational. You can count on some Parts of you being skeptical. I invite you to welcome all of your inner Parts to get involved as you read this book.
You’ll also notice that this book is written in the first person using an intimate voice that’s aimed to speak from your own personal inner experience. It’s intended to guide you on your daily Self Led meditation. A place you can go in your busy life to grow your relationship with your Self and your inner Parts, anywhere, anytime.
Each page has so few words, you can take your time reading each word. The slower the better. Also, the pages are intended to be read in pairs. On the left-hand side page, you’ll read poem-like accounts and instructions on how you can grow your Self Leadership. If that’s too abstract, then you’ll find an example on the right-hand side page. In our success obsessed Western culture, I’ve chosen an example of a person who has Parts that are driven to succeed, and yet remembers the discomfort of failing and fears failing again.
For those of you who read the whole book, you’ll go on a journey of Self Leadership that was created by Richard Schwart. Thank you Dick. For in truth, if we struggle with our Parts, we will struggle with the people important to us. And that makes life a struggle.
So I hope you enjoy reawakening your Self and transforming your relationships with your Parts and the people around you. Because with a team of Self Led Parts within you, you’ll find your life flows and fulfills. Here’s to contributing to a Self Led World of curiosity, compassion, courage, creativity and confidence.