I was thirty years old and extremely successful in business with what I thought was an exciting and fulfilling life. Little did I know it could be even better!
I first met Arlene in Victoria upon my return from attending my best friend’s funeral. You could say I was not in the mood to meet a long lost relative! After our family evening together, however, I knew there was something very special about her and that the timing was no fluke—I don’t believe in flukes. She shared concepts from her seminar, The Brain Program, touching on topics such as happiness, relationships, addictions, and, of course, grief and loss. After hearing what she had to say, we were hooked. Wow, what an amazing person!
Some months later, my sister, Katie, and I attended The Brain Program in the beautiful Napa Valley of California. It was one of the most profound experiences of our lives. We discovered so much about ourselves we couldn’t stop talking. Among other things, we learned about energy levels, innate skills, communication styles, sensory preferences, and developed competencies (most interesting for me). You could say a light came on; or, more accurately, a whole string of lights!
We came away so excited it took a great deal of restraint not to change things radically, but to implement the information slowly toward things we could learn more easily and enjoy more. We now understand and accept why some tasks are exhausting while others create energy and enthusiasm. We had been living well but by no means to the fullest.
Since that time I have learned to do my job more productively with less effort and better outcome. I also delegate jobs to members of my team who I now recognize are better than I at those particular tasks. I know why they are better, accept that, and trust them to do a good job. What a difference! My relationship with friends and family has been enhanced significantly. I understand why individual differences are so valuable and how to communicate with others on a much more effective level.
As a financial consultant, clients often share with me some of their family and/or personal challenges. Sometimes I can add a little insight from a different angle, listening, and then communicating my perspective, if appropriate. But most importantly, I have a better understanding of why these challenges are important to them.
The Brain Program has changed the direction of my life, allowing me to accept my weaknesses and concentrate on developing my innate strengths. I have stopped worrying about what society says is right or wrong. After all, society is only the majority! And that majority is shrinking daily as we all begin to understand ourselves better.