Hello and welcome to LearnDoBecome Radio! I’m April Perry, and here at LearnDoBecome, we create simple systems so we, as a community, can do what matters most.
While a lot of what we cover is about “organization,” the why behind that is that we want to architect lives of excellence.
Our personal values around excellence include connecting with our Higher Power, building financial stability, investing in mental and physical wellness, creating calm, uplifting environments, building strong family relationships, and pursuing our purpose. Those are the 6 areas of focus in our ARISE community, as well!
A few months ago, I invited my personal coach, Mike Christensen, who I also spoke about in episode 55 of this podcast, to work with our ARISE community and share the method that he has taught me regarding cognitive behavioral therapy. It was such a great conversation, and I’ve been wanting to share parts of it with you, but the audio editing process felt a bit cumbersome–since I was planning to share a few sections of his training and interject stories and explanations throughout the recording.
However, I really want to get this out to our community, so I’m going to simplify the editing and just give you most of the conversation here on the podcast. This episode will be longer than others, but I believe it’s worth your time, if you want to learn more about what’s happening in your head while you’re working to get organized.
If you look at the related links below, you can find out more about Mike’s therapy practice, and if you come into our ARISE community, there are some great handouts that go along with this training that Mike references them in the recorded discussion.
Before we jump in, I want to share the “base” information we created for Mike before this training. We wanted to begin with a partially-filled-out mood log, which is a worksheet commonly used in this specific type of therapy. We polled our ARISErs to find out which topic would be most helpful to them, and here’s that they decided:
Common Upsetting Event:
I feel exhausted at the end of the day, and my list is still long. I realize I don’t have the energy to do what I need to do.
Common Related Emotions:
Related Nagative Thoughts:
- I do nothing but run around for everyone else, but they don’t show up for me (inefficiency, interrupting, not helping with housework, etc.).
- Whenever I need “downtime,” I’m neglecting my house, my family, the needs of other people, and “the list,” and I’m getting further and further behind.
- I can’t get systems in place, so I’m always in panic/”catch up” mode–and then I’m never productive.
- My life isn’t turning out the way I hoped, but I am stuck, and there is no way out.
***One funny story. When I went to schedule Mike for our ARISE call, we had a specific date booked, but then I needed to change it because our school added a professional development day I didn’t know about. I like to be “on it” when it comes to calendaring, and I was so embarrassed about having to move things around.
In my email to him, I said, “Thank you for your patience! I started feeling stressed about the scheduling issue (not wanting to cause “more emailing” for you), but I figured you, of all people, would understand my humanness!”
His reply made me laugh. He said, “No problem April. You can retain your membership in the ‘High achievers that occasionally fail at scheduling club’. I am on the board of directors but missed the last meeting due to a time zone scheduling error :)”
That was the best!
I hope you enjoy this conversation!
- [00:00:00] Introduction to the topic/podcast
- [00:05:00] How we prepared the ARISE community for Mike Christensen
- [00:08:00] What is TEAM-CBT?
- [00:10:30] An ARISE member volunteered to share experiences and work through the process live with Mike Christensen
- [01:10:00] Closing thoughts
Our ARISE membership – an amazing gathering place for community members that are using their Command Centrals to refine relationships, health, finances, individual purpose, and more. We focus on a new topic each month, and this is an amazing opportunity to receive coaching and support from Team LearnDoBecome. You can sign up for a free, 7-day trial here.