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Soul Change or Sleight of Hand?

Systems and recipes are no substitute for self-awareness.  There is no silver bullet for soul change.

It’s a shame that so many personal coaches equate creating change to learning a card trick.

It’s the belief that if you take a series of actions in a predetermined sequence, transformation will occur as a matter of course.

It doesn’t work that way.

When I was 12, my uncle taught me a card trick.  As with most card trick, the key was to remember the sequence and work on your sleight of hand.

As long as you laid out the pairs of cards on the matrix below, it worked like a champ.


(You arrange the cards so that each pair occupies positions that represent the same letter.)

The key to performing the trick is to remember the sequence, and do it the same way every time.

If only transformation were that easy.

If following actions perfectly brought about the change you want, all of those books, seminars, and CD’s would have worked already.

So why do so many coaches offer a system, a preset system that they try to make fit everyone?  Why do they approach transformation like a card trick?

The truth is that many “coaches” are still in training and are practicing on you, which is one of the big reasons they depend so heavily on formulas and recipes.  They can plug your information into a system and it gives them a generic response.

A professionally trained and experienced coach has spent a significant part of their life in training and gaining valuable experience in the same way any other professional develops.  They have developed  “tool box” to dip into, and are able to focus on your specific needs.

This training and experience means that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.  Plus a coach provides you with professional feedback that helps you improve to a higher level.


About Bill Todd

Bill Todd is a spiritual director and speaker living in Franklin TN. He is patiently loved by Jody Todd, and their children Kaleigh, Hannah, and Liam.


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