Every Month PelotonLabs founder Liz Trice catches up with a Peloton member. This month she talked to John Morris, a coach who helps creative people and entrepreneurs discover their purpose and apply it in their lives.
How did you get into doing this work?
It was a long path. I was first involved in the arts as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer, and that expanded my curiosity of different ways of making meaning in the world, exploring the world, and helping people expand their thinking and their creativity to explore their potential. A lot of people over time start to limit themselves and have small expectations about what they can accomplish and it’s important to shake people up and get them out of limited thinking. I was also interested in psychology and how the mind works.
You’ve been a coach at Peloton for a few years. How do you help people at Peloton?
I have open office hours, and any member can book time with me for free. Generally, when someone visits me for the first time we establish where they’re starting from, and what they want to look at, and I’ll give them a few simple actions or strategies they can try. I ask a lot of questions to find out what they care deeply about – what’s most important to them – and what they might be stuck on. For some people, a high priority is to simplify and reduce overwhelm, but for other people, they feel like they’re not doing enough – they want to find their passion and get busy doing it.
Can you give an example of how you’ve helped someone?
I worked with a client who didn’t have a job, and was not in good health, and was struggling to find focus, wasn’t sure what to do next, and was getting isolated. I helped him get clear about what was important to him in his life and start making small steps and dealing with the blocks that came up as soon as he got clear about what he wanted. He ended up taking steps to improve his health, completed a training program he wanted to complete, and was able to go and start applying with confidence for jobs in an area that really interested him. I tend to help people prioritize their interests and passions, and curiosities. When fears or limiting beliefs come up we’ll take a look at those, but we don’t stay there. We focus on what makes you happy.
Tell me about the course you’re offering this March at Peloton.
This course is to guide people through the process I’ve evolved over time for living fully and joyfully in the world. There’s a process that people go through when they uncover who they really want to be in the world, and I help them take the practical steps of applying that process in the real world. I’ll be teaching how to pay attention to your experience, how to uncover your deepest desires, how to align your behavior with those desires, deal with fears that come up, and take powerful action.
And we’ll do that in a hand’s-on way. We may incorporate mediation, writing, group conversation, because it’s a communal experience. We’ll be meeting once a week for an hour and half, and people will be able to ask me questions in between. The cost for the four weeks is $120.
I think one of my strengths is putting people at ease, so they can make their own discoveries. Everyone has a lot of wisdom inside them already, and I like to help them uncover that.
If you’re interested in working with John Morris or joining the class in March, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peloton Memberships starting at $30/month include free access on a limited basis to John’s coaching hours. Visit http://pelotonlabsportland.com for more information on membership.