Shift-it Coach Newsletter
Volume 8 | Issue 5 | April 6, 2012


Spring has sprung.  The early cherry trees have burst into bloom ... this morning as I walked back from the gym it was like walking through petal snow ... so many of them blowing through the morning breeze. 

At the gym I'm incorporating a medical movement specialist into my workouts.  Turns out that my SHIFT from working all day standing up doing Visual Facilitation to running more and more training and coaching Webinars has had an effect on my body. More specifically numb legs and butt from sitting at computer for long stretches of time.  My core strength has slowly waned and I'm working on building it back up to proper proportions.  Ahhhhhh, beware ... the laptop lifestyle does come with some consequences!  But my dry cleaning bill has dropped from less marker mishaps! 

Talking about 'being up at the wall' again --- I'm looking forward to hosting the May Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals workshop.  Its three intense but extremely rewarding days where I get to teach fabulous folks interested in the fundamentals of working visually ... whether you are a consultant, facilitator, trainer, coach, therapist or other process professional.  FYI, there is currently one itty bitty spot left in this one-of-a-kind experience, so snap it up now if you want to join the tribe.  This is the last public opportunity this year to receive in-person, at-the-wall training from me (otherwise catch me on Webinar in the fall, hopefully with a less numb butt!). 

Yours in Visual Expansion and SHIFTing IT,

Christina Merkley,
The SHIFT-IT Coach
and Interactive-Visuals Mentor



Szilard Strenner, Visual Facilitator & Certified Visual Coach
Thomas Pfister
Visual Facilitator &
Certified Visual Coach®
Zurich, Switzerland

"I came across Christina Merkley's name in 2008 at different training sessions at The Grove Consultants in San Francisco. I was attracted by Christina's very well elaborated three-step program for Visual Coach Certification. As a visual addicted individual I was driven to participate.

The mix of online and in-person training was well done. The face-to-face Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals in Victoria, Canada was an exciting, marvellous experience. All these wonderful, helpful, visual soul mates around the globe together with our highly professional trainer.

Her unique manner of guiding and teaching people, were a really stimulating, empowering mix --- allowing me to take off to new visual heights.

I was deeply impressed and appreciative of Christina's passionate, authentic, humorous and at the same down-to-earth, effective and efficient style. Her courtesy to share her immense know how, her business and marketing model, her experience and her highly sophisticated and precious toolkit were a real asset.

For my business as Organizational Development Consultant, Visual Facilitator and Coach the acquired skills and the toolkit are a perfect addition.

Christina, I say thank you so much for your likeable and fostering guidance on a marvellous and successful journey to become a Certified Visual Coach myself!

No question, I personally recommend this program without any reservations!"

Thomas Pfister
Visual Facilitator & Certified Visual Coach®
Zurich, Switzerland

Christina's Curriculum (Upcoming Classes)

Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals (In-Person Version)
May 3-5, 2012 in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Over 87% of your facilitation, coaching, training and consulting clients are visual thinkers learn powerful visual skills to boost the effectiveness of how you work with them. This in-person, professional skills training thoroughly covers custom chart work, visual scribing, visual facilitation and visual coaching (the four main applications of working visually with groups and individuals) so you can add these powerful tools to your own consulting, facilitation, coaching and training offerings.

Register Now Just 1 spot left!
*Note: Pre-requisite for Visual Coach Certification.

Spring/Summer 2012: Booked Privately Thursdays-Fridays

Interested in the visual way of working? Want to SHIFT your life to your next level? Between now and August I have some availability for private Interactive-Visuals instruction and private biz/life coaching. Both are offered in-person in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia or coaching can also be done by phone. Ideal for those who cannot make the public workshop dates or desire individualized attention. Agendas tailored to your specific needs and desired outcomes. Productive. Inspiring. Fun.

Private Interactive-Visuals Training (available dates listed)

Private Biz & Life Coaching

SHIFT-IT Central®
1st and 3rd Monday of the Month, 5pm Pacific
Drop-in Coaching and MP3 Archive

SHIFT-IT Central is my giveback program --- a place for my diverse community of clients, students and observers to check in, pick my brain and receive spontaneous coaching.  Topics co-created each evening with participants and include: authentic livelihood, interactive-visuals, biz basics, creativity, visioning, planning, law of attraction, orphan rescue, belief work, overcoming resistance, etc. Drop in coaching for those who join us live and follow-up MP3 recording for those listening in afterwards. Includes access to extensive audio library.  Join Us Here.



I'm right smack in the middle of running my spring programs, including Magic Marker Mastermind (for intermediate visual practitioners) and Thrive in the Time of Awakening (metaphysical offering with The THEO Group).  Although they have different focuses, both groups are all about helping people manifest their next 'it' ... in essence becoming 'their Next Self'.

As The SHIFT-IT Coach, a significant part of what I do is help people get clear about their desired destination --- and then coordinate their outer actions and internal feelings accordingly.  Sometimes this process goes smoothly and sometimes there are a few bumps along the way.  Here are a few thoughts about making your developmental shift a little smoother.

Sometimes in the process of becoming Your Next Self one needs to first go through a regroup and recovery phase.  For some people the circumstances that provoked their SHIFT were negative in nature.  The tension, frustration and toxicity of their environment gave birth to their new desires.  This chaos served a really great purpose (it eventually got them focused on what was better for them) however it often needs to be recovered from too.  Sooooo, just a little reminder.  If you are emerging from trying circumstances you will likely need some good old-fashioned self care before you can fully turn your focus to building your new work and/or life.

FYI: Check out Certified Visual Coach® Allison Crow's upcoming Renewal Retreat in Texas for a great way to recharge your batteries with helpful self.


In crafting your new world, also be gently warned that you will likely go through a sometimes intense frustration phase.  Of not knowing, getting excited then dashing your hopes, feeling clear and then feeling murky and unsure.  Getting pissed off at yourself (and perhaps others).   Big sigh!  You have my condolences.  I have gone through this many, many times as I manifest my next chapters too and so do a lot of my clients. If this is you ... please lean in and listen up ... psssttttt, this is VERY normal!  There is nothing wrong with you or your ideas.  This is just often the nature of creativity and manifestation.

Don't worry ... it will eventually become clear.  You may have several so-called false attempts.  But none of them are a waste. They all help you get to where you need to be going.  Trust your process.  Trust your inner wisdom (its working away!) and trust yourself!

I had a cute and funny thing happen with Jill one of my masterminders which helps me illustrative my next point. Jill wrote in to compliment me on one one of my taglines. The tagline reads:  Draw Your Vision and Erase Your Resistance. The 'funny' thing was that in referring to it, Jill quoted it as "Draw Your Vision and Raise Your Resistance"! LOL!!!! When I pointed that out we both had a chuckle about what Freud would think!

Unfortunately, whether or not that is true for her personally, it can be for others.  When we go through the process of crafting a vision for ourselves it can sometimes RAISE our resistance rather than dissipate it (FYI, the visual tool I have created to help build your Vision is called a Magnetism Map ... below is an example of one I created for myself recently). 

Creating your vision ideally should be fun, enjoyable and exciting. There may be some resistance about whether or not you can do it or should do it (what I call 'Trouble at the Border' and we work on that). However, if the act of creating a vision gives you the heebee jeebees (technical term that!) then you need to learn to hold that vision lighter and have more fun with it. Don't choke the heck out of it and turn it into something that feels unpleasant or pressured for you. You also might be getting too specific too soon. Try going more general in your wording instead. Remember to quote Abraham-Hicks you 'don't have to have it all figured out this red hot minute'! Focus on what feels good (otherwise put it away and focus on things that do).


It can sound like a cliché in Law of Attraction circles (and it is) but please, please, please focus more on what you DO have rather than on what you don't yet.  My mentees often lose sight of what they have accomplished, and often in a short period of time ... cause they get so focused on more, more, more that they lose perspective and patience.  All your goodies can't all happen at once ... you'd be squished by the density of them if they did! 

One wonderful client manifested a visual recording gig with a top-rated speaker with glowing accolades about her work (something she would have jumped to the moon about not that long ago).  But in reporting out on it to her masterminders she focused more on what she thought she didn't do well and on what she should improve on.  Arrggghhhh (that is yours truly pulling her hair out!).  I teased her on this too.  And she got laughing about how right I was.  When she lightened up and appreciated herself and the successful experience she HAD attracted,  her energy really shifted (and as a result more good feeling stuff is on its way to her!).

Write lists of Positive Aspects and appreciations.  Draw out your path so you can appreciate that milestones you have already done.  Appreciating what you do have and softly reaching for more is what the game is all about!

In manifesting your Next Self you will make so-called mistakes.  You will most likely have challenging experiences at times and things that might even make you cringe.  Don't worry about it. SH#T happens when you are on a SHIFT-IT path.  Brush yourself off and figure out what you can do now.  There is no such thing as perfection.  But there is our own individual journey ... which is perfect with its warts and all (at least from the bigger, more spiritual perspective).

Cut yourself some lack. Allow yourself to be goofy at times and make booboos.  Don't idolize people out there you admire --- if you were more privy to their true inside story rather than your projections you would hear all sorts of stumbles, mistakes and goof ups mixed in with their successes, wins and direct hits.  Success can have lots of winding roads and tributaries instead of a direct highway.  And, that is totally ok!

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Christina Merkley is The SHIFT-IT Coach. Creator of the SHIFT-IT System®, she guides individuals, partners and conscious companies in defining and getting what they really, really want.

A teacher of Law of Attraction, she is also an expert in visual meeting techniques, strategic planning and visioning: having worked for such notable companies as BBC, Readers Digest Funds, eBay and Stanford University. After a move from San Francisco, she now lives in charming Victoria, British Columbia, Canada - where she maintains a vibrant coaching, facilitation and training practice.

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