>Inspiring Your Authentic Week

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Inspiring Your Authentic Week

Distraction and the triple challenge

Posted: 29 Nov 2007 09:42 AM CST

We are evolving as a society.  As we evolve the challenges become greater, but the choice of outcomes is always the same – transcend or succumb.

Right now we are facing a triple challenge – possibly for the first time in history:

(We can use Spiral Dynamics to help us to understand the triple challenge (if you are not familiar with Spiral Dynamics you can see a summary here from Seven Stages of Authenticity).

The Blue challenge – is the challenge of terrorism and fundamentalism, the battle for ownership of meaning
The Orange challenge – is the challenge of peak oil and the loss of the primary source of energy for our economy
The Green challenge – is climate change and the maintenance of a natural infrastructure to support us

We have faced these challenges before, but never on a global scale and never all at once.  In the biggest picture, it does not truly matter if we transcend or succumb, because something else will come along and take our place in time.

However, having come this far, it seems a shame to let it all go, and of course we may feel individually that it matters quite a lot whether humanity transcends or succumbs.  So if you would prefer to see humanity transcend the triple challenge please read on:

As Einstein said: “Problems cannot be solved by the level of awareness that created them.”

The triple challenge will not be resolved by current world leaders.  If we want to see resolution we have to find a solution that works for Blue, Orange and Green at the same time.  This can only be done from a higher level of consciousness, in Spiral Dynamics this is called the Second Tier and Yellow and Turquoise are the first two levels.

If we want to transcend the triple challenge we have to evolve enough of humanity to a higher level of consciousness than we are already at and we have to create and propagate the solutions from there.  This is the only way.

The challenge in raising the level of consciousness of society is that so many people are distracted into a state of apathy.

In 1949 Aldous Huxley wrote this in a letter to George Orwell:  “Within the next generation I believe that the world’s leaders will discover that infant conditioning and narco-hypnosis are more efficient, as instruments of government, than clubs and prisons, and that the lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging them and kicking them into obedience”

What we need to do is to wake ourselves up and to wake up as many people around us as we can.  We need to wake up to our total potential and our true responsibility and engage with helping society to transcend the triple challenge.

What can you do:

1 – Engage seriously with your own potential – articulate your life’s purpose, release the tensions that hold you back and go for it. 

2 – Engage everyone else you know with this project – send them this e-mail if you like.

3 – Engage everyone else you know with their own potential, coach them yourself or get them reading stuff or get them to subscribe to my Monday mails, just do something.

How I can help you:

Seven Stages of Authenticity is a really easy to use personal development guide book

I offer coaching over the phone (with a local rate number for UK calls) or face to face

The Total Potential Retreat starts on 7 January 

The Authentic Transformation Advance can help you find your own way to wake others up by inspiring them to be authentic.

I do coaching and training for businesses to help them realise the commercial and personal benefits of authenticity.  So I can help your company be more authentic too.

For more inspiration or to challenge or comment www.authenticinspiration.co.uk

Through collaboration we can change the world.

with love


neil crofts  – coach, consultant, facilitator
Authentic Transformation – join the evolution
talk – 07775 658534
write – neil@authentictransformation.co.uk
act – www.authentictransformation.co.uk

“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” Dumbledore

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About Neil Crofts

Writer, coach and consultant on authentic business and authentic leadership. Neil has inspired and motivated hundreds organisations and thousands of individuals to their highest potential. Neil has written three published books and numerous e-books. Neil is a coach, facilitator and consultant helping people and businesses find their authentic purpose and use it to inspire and motivate them to be everything that they can be. Neil has raced cars, been self-employed, run a company and sold it, been employed by large companies, experienced growth and contraction at the heart of the dotcom boom, tried changing companies from the inside and from the outside as European Head of Strategy at internet consultancy/rock band Razorfish. Neil has been independent for over 10 years and delivered his Authentic Leadership message to a diverse range of business audiences including people at BP, Shell, Microsoft, Kraft Foods, MSN, Jamie Oliver, South Gloucestershire Council, National Blood Transfusion Service, KaosPilots Business School, Fashion company By Malene Birger, German technology company Eleven.
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