Overcome Challenges: The Transformative Power of Inspiration
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Overcome Challenges: The Transformative Power of Inspiration

Turning Personal Struggles Into Personal Growth: Navigating 8 Stages of Expansion and Renewal
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Created by Debbie LaChusa
Last updated 4/2020
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This course includes
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • 8 stages we all go through when personal challenge or crisis strikes
  • How stepping into this 8 stage process can bring more meaning and purpose into your life
  • How to appreciate and apply this 8 stage process to your challenging experiences
  • How embracing this 8 stage process enables you to step into the flow of life
  • How to make this 8 stage process a practice in your life
  • The shift of power that occurs when you embrace this 8 stage process
  • How and when inspiration shows up in the midst of personal challenge or crisis
  • The difference between an isolated moment of inspiration and an inspirational journey
  • The scientific and spiritual support for the role inspiration plays during times of challenge and crisis
  • Ways to cultivate more inspiration, especially during times of challenge or crisis
Requirements
  • There are no course requirements or prerequisites
Description

Are you going through something challenging in your life right now?

Are you feeling lost, frustrated, or perhaps even struggling through a full-on crisis?

Or, maybe you're not facing a challenge or crisis at the moment, but you've faced them in the past.

We all have ups and downs in our lives.

We all feel frustrated at times, like life just isn't working out the way we want, or perhaps the way we planned.

We all go through those phases, or have those experiences, when something unexpected happens, and it just knocks us over.

It can mentally take us out of the game.

We just feel stuck.

Did you know that at those times of challenge or crisis inspiration often appears?

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"Inspiration can present itself as a subtle whisper or a nudge to do something... it's that little voice of encouragement, those little a-has, the sudden solution to a problem, or that unexpected idea. You may see it as communication from your higher self, the universe, God, Life, your heart, your gut, or your intuition. It doesn't matter what you call it, what matters is we all experience it. And, as we will share in this course, it has the power to open up new opportunities that can transform you, your life, and the world. Inspiration is Powerful and when you know how to recognize it, cultivate more of it in your life, and act on it, it has the power to change EVERYTHING."

~Debbie LaChusa, course creator and author of The Following Inspiration Experiment

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Inspiration during times of frustration or struggle can help you turn personal challenges into personal growth.

When you understand the role inspiration plays during these times, and you understand how to open up to it, it can radically transform your life and up-level your personal growth.

This is not just my personal experience, or the personal experience of my co-instructor, Tetyana Azarova.

This course is based on Tetyana's PhD dissertation: "A Mindful Inquiry into the Meaning of Individual Inspiration in a Period of Personal Challenge."

It's based on the research Tetyana conducted for that dissertation, including personal interviews, and a thorough review of scientific and spiritual literature going back some 50 to 100 years.

Tetyana uncovered an 8 stage process that people go through when they're working through a personal challenge or crisis.

She discovered that inspiration plays a crucial role during these times of personal struggle.

But probably most exciting, she discovered that when you open up to the inspiration that breaks through during these challenging times, it results in personal growth and the expansion of human consciousness.

That's why she labeled the 8 Stage Process as "The Cycle of Expansion and Renewal."

Becoming aware of these 8 stages, and opening up to inspiration, has the power to transform your life.

When I met Tetyana, and read her dissertation, I was amazed at how this 8 stage process mirrored my own personal experience of learning and growing through inspiration.

As I looked back at my 10-year journey of learning to let go, trust, and follow inspiration, I could see that my journey was the same as all of her research study participants.

That's when I knew I wanted to share this research, and this profound 8 stage process, in an online course.

Because this research takes my concept of following inspiration so much deeper.

It proves that inspiration is a journey, not a one-time event.

And, that when you view it as a journey, the impact in your life, and in the lives of others, is extraordinary.

Inspiration is more than something that just feels good, or motivates us to create art, write a book, start a new business, or make a major life change.

Inspiration plays an integral role in our personal growth, and our up-leveling as human beings.

So, whether you've gone through personal challenges in the past, you're going through a personal challenge right now, or you're going to go through one sometime in the future--and let's face it, we all will--I hope that understanding this 8 stage process, and the role inspiration plays, will bring you comfort, give you hope, and open the door to the opportunities that are out there for you on the other side of your challenges.

If you're ready to turn your personal challenges into opportunities for personal growth, we invite you to join us in this course.

Who this course is for:
  • Individuals who want to proactively prepare for future life challenges or crisis
  • Individuals in middle life crisis or re-evaluation
  • Individuals struggling with personal challenges or crisis
  • Individuals who feel lost in their life or business and who are looking for direction
  • Individuals questioning their current career or life path
  • Individuals in search of more peace and purpose in their life
  • High achievers who are feeling frustrated or burned out
  • Planners and analytic thinkers who are frustrated with their results and who are open to a new approach
  • Individuals who are interested in personal growth
  • Individuals looking to make lemonade out of the lemons in their life!
Course content
Expand all 38 lectures 02:52:35
+ Welcome
3 lectures 12:05

Debbie LaChusa welcomes you to this course and shares what inspired her to create it. Please be sure to download, print out, and utilize the Companion Workbook that is attached to this lesson, as you go through this course.

Preview 05:23

Debbie LaChusa introduces this course and what inspired her to create it.

Introduction: Debbie LaChusa
02:43

Debbie LaChusa co-created this course with Tetyana Azarova, MPH, PhD. In this video you will meet Tetyana and learn more about the research on inspiration in the midst of personal challenge that she conducted, and the PhD dissertation she wrote on this topic. Her research and dissertation are the basis for this course.

Preview 03:59
+ Introduction
6 lectures 31:59

Debbie and Tetyana discuss the role inspiration plays during times of personal challenge.

Preview 03:28

The scientific and spiritual support for the role inspiration plays during times of personal challenge.

Inspiration from a Scientific and Spiritual Perspective
06:07

Debbie and Tetyana discuss inspiration as a journey vs. simply being a one-time event.

Inspirational Journey vs. One Time Event
09:57

The role of inspiration in bringing more meaning and purpose into your life, and for helping you connect with your true self.

Inspiration and Meaning, Purpose, and Your True Self
05:00

How to apply what you learn in this course to your life so you can benefit from the gift of inspiration during times of personal challenge.

Preview 04:01

In her PhD dissertation, Tetyana Azarova uncovered an 8 stage process that illustrates the stages we all go through during times of personal challenge or crisis, and the role inspiration plays in moving us through these challenges and bringing us out on the other side.

The 8-Stage Cycle: Introduction
03:26
+ 8 Stages: Overcoming Personal Challenge Through Inspiration
16 lectures 01:06:57

Stage 1 of the 8 stage process: We talk about the paradigms we all live within and why this so often leads to personal challenge or crisis.

Stage 1: Paradigm
04:43

Examples of how we are all born into a paradigm that we eventually outgrow, from Tetyana's research and Debbie's personal experience.

Stage 1 Examples
03:50
This is an opportunity to reflect back to a challenging time in your life and identify the paradigm you were operating under at the time.
Identifying Your Paradigm
1 question

Stage 2 of the 8 stage process: we discuss what happens when we begin to feel constricted by, and out of sync, with our paradigm

Stage 2: Tension, Congruence Gap
04:56

Real life examples from the research, and from Debbie's personal experience, about experiencing the congruence gap between our paradigm and our true self.

Stage 2 Examples
02:20
This is an opportunity to reflect back to a challenging time in your life and identify the tension, or congruence gap, you may have felt as a result of pushing up against your paradigm.
Identifying Your Tension or Congruence Gap
1 question

Stage 3 of the 8 stage process: we discuss what happens when the tension experienced in stage 2 becomes unbearable.

Stage 3: Challenge, Radical Opening, "Boiling Point"
04:28

Examples of experiencing the challenge, boiling point, and radical opening (i.e. where inspiration shows up).

Stage 3 Examples
02:58
This is an opportunity to reflect back to a challenging time in your life and identify your Boiling Point, and any Inspiration that showed up as a result of the Radical Opening created by the challenge.
Identifying Your Boiling Point and Radical Opening
1 question

Stage 4 of the 8 stage process: we discuss how a connection, or what Tetyana has coined the "Mirror" begin to shift our thoughts, feelings, and behavior.

Stage 4: "Mirror," Connection
03:27

Examples of the experience of this connection and "mirror" stage.

Stage 4 Examples
06:18
This is an opportunity to reflect back to a challenging time in your life and identify your mirror.
Identifying Your Mirror
1 question

Stage 5 of the 8 stage process: we discuss the expanded and embodied awareness that follows the connection or "mirror" stage.

Stage 5: Expanded (Embodied) Awareness
05:06

Examples of this expanded and embodied awareness.

Stage 5 Examples
04:39
This is an opportunity to reflect back to a challenging time in your life and identify how your awareness expanded, and/or how it felt, at that time.
Identifying Your Expanded Awareness
1 question

Stage 6 of the 8 stage process: we discuss what Tetyana has coined "The Moment of Truth" and what it means for our personal growth and how it enables us to move through the challenge or crisis and come out better on the other side.

Stage 6: "The Moment of Truth"
04:21

Examples of this moment of truth

Stage 6 Examples
02:41
This is an opportunity to reflect back to a challenging time in your life and identify your Moment of Truth.
Identifying Your Moment of Truth
1 question

Stage 7 of the 8 stage process: we discuss that happens as a result of breaking down and experiencing expanded awareness and the moment of truth. This is the start of the positive outcomes that are possible when you tap into the inspiration that shows up during times of personal challenge and crisis.

Stage 7: Liberation, Empowerment, Shift
03:47

Examples of the shift that happens and the personal growth that begins to unfold.

Stage 7 Examples
04:42
This is an opportunity to reflect back to a challenging time in your life and identify how it shifted or empowered you. How did it set you free from your old paradigm?
Identifying Your Liberation, Empowerment, Shift
1 question

Stage 8 of the 8 stage process: we discuss the final stage of the process which involves the up-leveling that takes place as a result of this process and how it helps you grow into a new level of being.

Stage 8: Integration
04:10

Examples of the personal growth that results from this process, stepping up to a new level of being, and the light at the end of the personal challenge tunnel.

Stage 8 Examples
04:31
This is an opportunity to reflect back to a challenging time in your life and identify how you integrated the learnings from that event into your life going forward.
Identifying Your Integration
1 question
+ How to Apply and Appreciate this Process in Your Life
5 lectures 27:16

We discuss how you can recognize and appreciate this process at work in your life so you can step fully into it and experience the personal growth and positive outcomes that are possible, even in the midst of personal challenge or crisis.

Integrating This Process Into Your Life
05:32

Tetyana shares examples from literature that support this 8 stage growth process, including Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey.

The Hero's Journey
06:46

We discuss the gift of inspiration during times of personal challenge, and how recognizing this gift in the moment has the power to dramatically change your experience and transform your life.

The Gift
06:20

We discuss how to cultivate more inspiration into your life during times of personal challenge or crisis. While you can't make inspiration show up, you can create an environment and mindset that will open you up to more inspiration.

Cultivating Inspiration
04:17

We discuss how understanding this process enables you to make it a practice in your life.

Making This Process a Practice
04:21
+ The Benefits and Outcomes of Embracing this Process
5 lectures 22:34

We discuss the shift of power you will experience when you open up to inspiration during times of personal challenge or crisis.

Shift of Power
07:46

We discuss the difference between inspiration and motivation... they are not the same thing but they are related.

Inspiration vs. Motivation
06:06

Example of the difference between inspiration and motivation.

Inspiration vs. Motivation Example
03:10

We discuss how opening up to inspiration during times of personal challenge or crisis enables you to take advantage of living in the flow.

Flow
04:24

We discuss the shift in perspective inspiration can provide during times of personal challenge or crisis, and how it can help you  appreciate the adventure that we call life.

Taking Life On as an Adventure
01:08
+ Final Thoughts, Perspective, and Inspiration
2 lectures 05:13

Debbie shares a few final and inspiring thoughts about the role of inspiration during times of personal challenge, and how you can use it to improve your life experience.

Final Thoughts from Debbie
01:55

Tetyana shares a few final inspiring thoughts about what her research uncovered and how you can use it to get through those challenging times and grow as a person.

Final Thoughts from Tetyana
03:18
+ Conclusion
1 lecture 06:31

Debbie shares a final wrap up and summary of the course, along with a few parting thoughts and wishes for you as you step into your own inspired journey.

Brief Summary and Wrap-Up
06:31