Your Customized Life Lenses® Report
-: You. Are. Amazing.
Seriously. There are a million and one things you could be doing right now but here you are, choosing to work on you. Choosing to dig into self-awareness, self-development, and expanding your perspective.
And the best thing?
You’re not the only one who’s going to benefit from this. Because, without a doubt, this is going to help you add an even bigger dose of magic to that already-incredible work you do AND let you impact more people.
High fives all round!
Ready to shift your perspective and make every aspect of your life so much easier? Awesome! Let’s do this…
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
~ Henry David Thoreau ~
Buckle up: things are about to get exciting.
You’re about to find out what particular Life Lenses® you are, how to make sense of them, and how to use them to:
Communicate way more effectively
Make (great) decisions with ease
Kiss conflict quagmires goodbye.
Your custom report includes
- An introduction to the Life Lenses®
- Three key goals for you
- Why those goals are uber important
- Important stuff to keep in mind in order to get the most out of your report
- Some common Q and As
- A final word before jumping into …Your results!
- How to take action and put your newfound perspective to use
Here we go!
An introduction to the Life Lenses®
(a.k.a. Why they’re so very important!)
“We are all something, but none of us are everything.” ~ Blaise Pascal
Consider this for a second:
How often do you think about your left baby toe?
Almost never, right? Unless you’ve just collided with a couch, or are mid-pedicure, why would you think about it? You have a whole bunch of stuff going on; you can’t pay attention to everything!
So naturally — and quite rightly — you filter LOTS of things out.
Like your tiny toe. Or, I don’t know, your hair follicles. Or what time the mail usually arrives. Of all the things we could pay attention to, very little actually comes onto our radar.
But what if you’re also filtering out too much of the stuff that actually matters?
What if all of that unconscious filtering is the very reason you so often feel stuck, lost, misunderstood. As if everyone around you is speaking Klingon…
And what if learning to filter more strategically — learning to view life through a different lens — was the best way to clear the confusion, to open up new worlds, and to start living with ease?
Here’s the thing:
Great minds DON’T think alike.
Only we’ve kinda been sucked into the idea that they do.
We’ve become entrenched in tribalism — we’ve formed our views and we stick to them no matter what. We only follow people who share those views, watch the news channels that support those views, and form friendships with others who reinforce those views.
We’ve never been so connected and yet so disparate, so distanced. Never known so much conflict.
And the consequences are huge.
We miss out on the dance of difference, on the diversity of views, insights, and experiences that could enrich our lives. We miss out on the things that might help us reduce conflict, lessen disagreements, parent with ease, create far better products, services, programs…
But there is a way to shift your view, to address your biases (we all have ‘em), and to benefit from other perspectives:
You’re about to learn how to look at life through a different lens.
With Life Lens®, 1000s of people have learned to see more clearly — even me.
Click play below to listen to a short story involving lists, which inspired my creation of Life Lenses®.
Three key goals for you
In a nutshell your Life Lenses® report will help you:
1. Illuminate where you shine.
Because you DO shine!
Life Lenses® will show you your strengths, highlight what comes naturally to you, and direct you towards your own “happy place” so you can shine in EVERY area of your life, as a leader, a team player, as a partner, a parent, or a friend
2. Identify your blind spots.
We all have them:
Weaknesses, biases, things that blind us to our limitless potential. Things that seem awkward, foreign difficult…
And yours are keeping you stuck.
Uncover them and you control them. Uncover them and you can find the gold within. Uncover them and you can open up new worlds, right under your nose.
3. Working with both sides of the coin.
Get some outta sight insight on how to emphasize your natural strengths while addressing those biases and showing you how to overcome them.
“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.” ~ John Lubbock
Why those goals are uber important (like, seriously important)
Your Life Lenses® results will show you how to:
Communicate way more effectively
We all wear invisible lenses that color our perspective and shape how we see the world –– and this has a huge impact on how we communicate with the people around us..
But when you can identify which lens you’re wearing, suddenly, you’re able to get YOUR message across and understand OTHERS way better. Annnnd wayyyy more options become available for how to move beyond that communication quagmire you’ve dug yourself into.
Communication then becomes easier than you could ever imagine.
Make decisions with ease.
When you walk through the world with a greater understanding of yourself and others, decision-making becomes simpler, even enjoyable. Yes, really!
Without that veil of confusion you realize that options and opportunities really are everywhere.
Resolve (and avoid) conflict.
Understanding the lens you wear and the biases you’ve been carrying around changes the way you see the world. And the way others see you.
This makes it sooooo much easier to resolve and avoid conflict with the people in your life, from your work colleagues and clients to your partner and yes, even your hormone-addled teenagers!
“Do your eyes see only what you believe?.” ~ Terry McBride
Important stuff to keep in mind in order to get the most out of your report
Life Lenses® is an assessment NOT a test.
You know what that means: there’s no pressure, no stress, and absolutely no wrong answers. Because Life Lenses® entire ethos is about making your life easier.
Speaking of ease …
Don’t worry — it’s not gonna feel like you’ve just been given a ton of homework. We’re simplifying, remember?
So no daft formulas to decipher or memorize. No weird-sounding labels that you can’t pronounce. In fact, nothing complicated at all. Just well-researched, common sense insights that you can implement straight away.
Good Days, Bad Days, and Bias
It’s no secret: we ALL have biases.
But we can rise above them. Armed with the knowledge of our biases as well as our individual strengths and weaknesses, we’re able to bring out the best in each other. And that’s when everyone begins to shine.
Here’s the deal:
Every Life Lens® has its good days and its bad days, its strengths and weaknesses.
And in order for Life Lenses® to do its job of bringing out the best in everyone, I need you (and everyone else!) to work on those biases. Because that’s when The Life Lenses® really come into their own; when you ditch the natural tendency to look only at the strengths of your Life Lenses® and the weaknesses of the other Lenses.
So don’t be blindsided by your blind spots. Be sure to flip the switch on that radar of yours and look to the OTHER lenses for the gifts they can give you.
Do you know what? This is so gosh darn important I’m going to say it again:
We all tend to emphasize the positive in ourselves and the negatives in others. But there’s gold in ‘other.’
And you’ll be able to harness that potential if you deliberately and carefully look out for your biases and your preferences, and then seek out the opposite.
Are you a Tweener or an Extremer?
“Normal is in the eyes of the beholder.” ~ Whoopi Goldberg
We’re almost ready to dig into your Life Lenses® (woo hoo!). Before we do, there are a couple of things you should know about your results.
There are 8 Life Lenses® — four pairs. And each pair is on a continuum.
You might find your results are really weighted to one side or the other of the continuum. We call those results extremers.
Or you might find your results are almost smack in the middle of the continuum. We call those results tweeners.
If you imagine a pair of opposite lenses lined up on the continuum, a tweener’s results would be close to the middle. A tweener doesn’t have that far to cross over to the other side. A tweener can see the opposite lens more easily because they’re simply closer to it. They likely don’t have the extreme downsides or extremely strong strengths of that lens either.
An extremer is someone who’s self-assessed very strongly on one or more of the Life Lenses®. They’ve chosen a large number of statements that go with that lens. They’ve made a stand and it’s strong, it’s extreme, it’s clear. Extremers are more likely to express the extreme weaknesses AND the gifts of that lens.
Oh, and it’s entirely possible to be an extremer in one or two lenses, a tweener in another and neither an extremer nor a tweener for your fourth Life Lens®.
Access your very own universal translator.
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. ~ FS Fitzgerald
Wherever you fall on the continuum, you’ll get the hang of balancing the yin to your yang.
In other words you’ll figure out what lenses you’re looking at the world through and how to shift so you can make sense of folks who have different Life Lenses®. And you’ll have the knowledge to help them make sense of you too!
The Life Lenses® assessment is like tapping into your “Spidey senses”. The tingle that hooks you into other people’s communication styles.
It gives you insight that allows you to both understand and be understood, and to resolve conflict whether you’re dealing with a petulant co-worker, an awkward boss, or a (formerly) un-figure-out-able kid.
It really is like having a universal translator!
Break out of the box.
Hate being put in a box? Worrying about being labeled? I hear ya! Me too. But Life Lenses® isn’t about restricting you, reducing you to a “type”, or pigeonholing you.
Life Lenses® is a frame not a box.
It isn’t about telling you who you are but about helping you see that for yourself so you can step into your potential, see shiny new possibilities, and get your butt-kicking ideas out into the world. It’s about giving you the power to remove the lenses that aren’t serving you.
It’s about giving you room to breathe.
“Beyond right and wrong, there is a field. I will meet you there.” ~ Rumi
A final word before jumping into your results
To get the most out of your results I recommend:
1. Approach your results with curiosity not judgement.
2. Pay attention to that little voice in your head when it reacts with surprise, disbelief etc. In other words, watch where you’re focusing and how you react to your Life Lenses® results.
Hint: it likely has to do with your actual lenses. If you’re rushing through the results (Go Life Lenses®) you may get some better traction if you slow down and absorb the information (Stop Life Lenses®).
3. Have fun! Seriously. Suffering is optional.
Your results! And how to take action and put your newfound Life Lenses® perspective to use.
The world isn’t getting any easier, folks.
It’s an increasingly complex, complicated, confusing place and the stakes feel so high that it’s no wonder we play it safe in our own little corner of the sandbox. No wonder we cling to our clans, our well-worn opinions, and our established worldviews.
But in doing so, we aren’t keeping ourselves safe, we’re keeping ourselves small.
Trying on a different lens is like taking off a blindfold you didn’t know you were wearing. Removing it will help you move through the world with clarity, with ease, with resilience, and with the ability to see your limitless potential.
Bottom line? You’ve always been the master of your own life. Only now you’re going to have the incredible insight, the tools, and the awareness to make it feel effortless.
Ready to remove that blindfold?
Your Individual Life Lenses®
Carrot vs. MountainYou are 0 Carrot and 0 Mountain
Destination vs. JourneyYou are 0 Destination and 0 Journey
Head vs. HeartYou are 0 Head and 0 Heart
Go vs. StopYou are 0 Go and 0 Stop
Carrot lenses love details and systems, while Mountain lenses love trends, patterns, big concepts
Stop lenses require reflection while Go lenses require action
Head lenses pay attention to facts while Heart lenses prioritize feelings and intuition
Journey lenses focus on the process while for Destination lenses it’s all about getting things done
Some Common Q and A’s
1. Is this going to be prescriptive and constrictive? Will the Life Lenses® change who I am?
Rest your gray matter and relax. You are the world’s best expert about you. We want to help make it easier to be you.
This is NOT about putting you in a box that fits like a pair of too tight pants. We’re not here to make you suffer! Go through the process as you like, in a way that feels and fits best for you.
Life Lenses® is about giving you room to breathe, see, explore. Life Lenses® is about choices.
Life Lenses® gives you the chance to expand your view and the flexibility to change that view to help you move through the world more easily.
“Until lions have their own historian, tales of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” ~ Ewe-mina (Benin, Ghana, and Togo)
2. What are the best Life Lenses® to have?
There is no best combination of Life Lenses®. Really, truly, honestly.
People tend to assume that their specific combination of Life Lenses® is the best, especially when in conflict or under stress. Don’t worry, that’s super common.
Naturally, we want to be comfortable when we’re stressed out. Therefore, our view or Life Lenses® will seem like the only ones that make sense. We even want others to have the same lenses when we’re under duress.
When we’re most in need of polishing our lenses and seeing things from a different light, is frequently the time when it’s hardest to change or flex.
But EVERY Life Lens has its good points, its benefits, and its strengths. And every Life Lens has its bad points, its downsides, and weaknesses too.
So it really isn’t about having the “best” combination. It’s about knowing YOUR combination and using that knowledge to be more flexible, to see the other person’s point of view, and to adapt to achieve the best outcome.
“There is nothing as fascinating as ourselves.” ~ Roslyn Mackay
3. Are there different Life Lenses® for work, home etc?
I LOVE this question! But the answer is…it depends.
Some of us use the same Life Lenses® at work, at home, with our friends, everywhere. When that happens it’s usually because your Life Lenses® are the perfect match for your world: your work environment, your home life, your culture…it all just fits.
However, if you feel like a fish out of water in one or more of those contexts, it’s likely because your Life Lenses® don’t necessarily match those environments. For example, you might be way more big picture (Mountain Life Lenses®) than your super detailed work environment (Carrot Life Lens®).
Or you might be way more sensitive and attuned to your gut (Heart Life Lens®) than your family tends to be (Head Life Lens®).
There’s nothing wrong with being different. In fact difference should be celebrated and encouraged.
Important caveat: continuously stretching to understand and react to different ways of communicating or resolving conflict can be exhilarating or exhausting depending on how much support you get. Make sure you acknowledge where there are differences and know that you may need to refuel your tank (e.g. rest up, recuperate) more than “normal”.
4. Can’t I just change my Life Lenses® to suit my needs?
Absolutely! That is the best part of being a healthy, resilient, flexible human!
Once you know your preferred Life Lenses® you can flex depending on your situation, your environment, or the task at hand.
You can also open up worlds that you didn’t know existed. Putting on another Life Lens® lets you discover unlimited possibilities.
Enter ease, freedom, and choice.
See important caveat above if/when you do a lot of flexing.
5. What if I don’t like my Life Lenses® results?
Ever tried to cut a thin coin in half, so you have two equal circles?
You can’t have the benefits — the good stuff about a particular lens — without having the downsides too.
In other words, asking if you can have a better Life Lenses® combo is like asking, “What’s better? Breathing in OR breathing out?” Our Life Lenses® simply show us how we see the world and where we fall on the spectrum of that particular perspective.
You need both sides of a coin to spend it. You need to know both the strengths and the blindspots of your Life Lenses® to make better decisions, communicate with ease, and get what you want.
You can’t have the yin without the yang.