Shift-it Coach Newsletter
Volume 8 | Issue 8 | August 24, 2012


Back from summer vacation.

Soooooooooo nice to take some time off and relax. Darius' family ranch is on Dunn Lake in British Columbia and they also share space at a lovely cabin on Christina Lake. So we made the rounds between the different locations taking advantage of good company, beautiful weather, great food, lots of different kinds of boats, seadoos, skis, tubes, air mattresses and the like! And Captain JJ took to swimming (or more accurately, to climbing on me when I went swimming … he's the drowned rat on my back in case you didn't recognize him!).

Floating with JJ on Dunn Lake

To top my summer off, today I'm heading over to Seattle for some girl time with my cousin Carla and to catch the Abraham-Hicks workshop … which I attend every year around this time. Really looking forward to being in that good feeling room and appreciating Esther in action. I wrote an article a while back about how to best prepare for your first Abraham-Hicks workshop, you can catch it here. I highly recommend attending a live Vortex of Creation workshop in your area if you can (Esther so far is continuing the travel schedule that she and Jerry set before his passing last year).

Along the metaphysical bend, I'm happy to report that Sheila & Marcus Gillette and I had a fantastic design session with THEO earlier this week --- in prep for this fall's expanded Thrive in the Time of Awakening class and for a new 6-month accelerated program we'll be offering in 2013. Details announced in a few weeks. It's going to be fab!

Yours in Visual Expansion and SHIFTing IT,

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


One of the things I did while floating around on the air mattress this summer was contemplate my life and my business … which as The SHIFT-IT Coach I do a lot!

For a few years I've been circling around the idea of bringing someone into the business … to operate alongside me. Someone who gets not only the visual way of working but what the Law of Attraction / spiritual side of SHIFT-IT is about too. Who can help with taking the biz to it's next level in a collaborative, effective and fun way. Who brings complementary biz development, marketing and content delivery skills.


Upon returning from vacation I've crafted a description of the special person I am seeking and the experience, tasks and overall agenda that we'll implement together. If you're a skilled business and/or process professional based in or willing to move to beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, please check out this very unique opportunity here. I look forward to connecting!



Jill Greenbaum, Ed.D.

Jill Greenbaum, Ed.D.
Teen & College
Coaching Expert
New Jersey, U.S.A.

"The Magic Marker Mastermind was a wonderful space in which to set my visual goals, work on, and achieve them. The power and experience of this special group allowed me to create, reflect, and revise... and the mantra, "Pick Up the #!*"ing Marker" was exactly what I needed to step up to doing my own drawings.

The support and constructive feedback from Christina, and people I now call my friends, throughout our time together, was invaluable.

Just after the conclusion of MMM, at the annual conference of The International Forum of Visual Practitioners, I successfully launched my own suite of visual tools called Making the GRADE: Discovering the College That's the Right Fit for You!- my visual system for helping teens in their college search process. I highly recommend Christina's program, as it provides the structure, instruction, and space to find and continue to develop your own signature style."

Jill Greenbaum, Ed.D.
Teen and College Coaching Expert, Public Speaker,
Blogger & Author
New Jersey, U.S.A.

Christina's Curriculum (Upcoming Classes)

Online and In-Person Options

In the scheme of things, life is short. It's a shame not to live it in alignment with who you truly are. I have successfully SHIFTed my life to one of authenticity, creativity and abundance that is aligned with who I truly am. Let me assist you in doing the same via private mentorship. I specialize in individuals who need to get their 'special it' into the world (entrepreneurs, biz owners, team leaders, teachers, consultants, facilitators, trainers, coaches, therapists, visual practitioners, etc.). I coach you to build/enhance your internal or external practice or small business (including identity/brand, biz basics, creation of effective offerings, necessary systems (tech and socio) and marketing & sales). As well as having a satisfying personal life of supportive family, friends and community. Stop splitting your energy – create a congruent life that truly works for you!

Full Details of How to Be Selected As A Private One-to-one Client
(online and in-person options)


SHIFT-IT Online Group
7 Weeks Online: Sept. 15 – Oct. 27, 2012
VideoCam Webinars: Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m. Pacific

This is my signature group coaching program – which gives you a wonderful foundation to Become Your Next Self. I only run it twice a year. It's a very powerful experience that gets you what you next want for yourself in work and life. You develop a crystal clear vision, unravel your erroneous beliefs and resistance … and rapidly shift your world to a new level. Includes leading-edge Law of Attraction wisdom coupled with practical real-world coaching. All in my innovative 'visual coaching style' in community with other kind SHIFTers from across the globe. Make your SHIFT now, includes The SHIFT-IT Home Retreat Kit® with 17 visual maps.

Full Details and Online Registration

* Note: Pre-requisite for Visual Coach Certification. FYI, Repeater Option available for those who have taken this program before and want to refresh.

Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals
(Online Version)

Oct 15 –Dec 12, 2012 (9 weeks, VideoCam Webinars, Mon & Wed, noon-1pm pacific)

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-online, 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 process toolkit. This is the online version of my popular 3-day fundamentals training (no travel required).

Early Bird Until Sept 10th or Full:

Full Details and Online Registration

* Note: Pre-requisite for Visual Coach Certification. FYI, Repeater Option available for those who have taken this program before and want to refresh.

Thrive in the Time of Awakening (with THEO)
12 Weeks: Oct. 2 – Dec. 18, 2012 (Webinars, Tuesdays, 11:30-1:30 p.m. Pacific)

This collaboration with Sheila & Marcus Gillette and THEO is deep inner work --- designed to help you find and integrate wounds that have been holding you back from manifesting your life purpose. For the spiritually minded. with a focus on 'soul integration' and 'orphan rescue' work. An intimate opportunity to receive direct guidance from THEO and practical coaching from me --- a fascinating marriage of heaven and earth. Supportive, international community of lightworkers from across the globe.

More Info Coming Soon


Jan. 19 - March 3, 2013, 7 Online Webinars

More Info Coming Soon

Jan-Feb 2013, 7 Online Webinars

More Info Coming Soon

6-Month Life Accelerator for Those on a Spiritual Path

More Info Coming Soon

March-June, 2013
4-Month Intensive for Visual Recorders, Visual Facilitators & Visual Coaches

More Info Coming Soon

April 9 - June 11, 2013, Tuesdays, noon-1:30 pacific, 10 webinars

For coaches, therapists and other process leaders who work with individuals. This one-of-a-kind experience teaches you how to work visually with your clients and licenses you in my 17 map SHIFT-IT System®. Join our amazing international cohort of Certified Visual Coaches® and bring the power of the visual approach to your clientele.

More Info and Online Application Process

* Application Process and two pre-requisites required. Don't want to travel? See fall schedule for online version of Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals.

(in person version) May 30 - June 1, 2013, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

More Info and Online Registration



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As the SHIFT-IT Coach, I help fascinating individuals get their 'it' into the world. Your 'it' may have a visual component or your creativity may be expressed in other ways. Whatever expression your creativity takes, our work together is a process of helping you discover your innate signature style. Your own unique way of being the kind of professional you are and representing that to the marketplace … whether you are internal in an organization or participating externally as a solopreneur or business owner.

Pursue What Attracts You:
The first step in creating your signature style is to be courageous and follow the beat of your own drummer and pursue what attracts you. What attracts you may be very different from the environments you come from. Put aside what other people think and have the confidence to trust your own intuition and where it is leading you. You don't have to have it all logically figured out to begin with (I didn't), just follow your hunches and have faith that the logic will reveal itself later.

When my journey began in 1994 I followed the impulse to go to the San Francisco Bay Area and apply for a leading edge university (some would say flakey-edge!).  While in school I stumbled onto the visual way of working and did an internship with The Grove Consultants (pioneering Group Graphics firm founded by David Sibbet).  I built my thesis around visual ways of working and despite lots of skepticism, criticism and jests I doggedly pursued my visual interest. 

Now, with the roots of those early choices bearing such ripe fruit (the visual way of working is much more mainstream) I'm having the last laugh at those who chuckled at my supposed folly back them. Other people, even if they care a great deal about you, can't know what your soul's path is. But your Inner Self does and is guiding you every step of the way … if you will only listen and put one foot in front of the other and follow your clues. Later those clues will weave together in a way that makes logical and even financial sense.

Mimic Phase:
In creating your own signature style you will likely go through a mimic stage. Whatever your interest is, you will begin to seek out people who know about it and are further along the path than you. This stage will likely include a lot of reading, research, study and experimentation. In the early stages of developing your 'it' it will look a lot like others 'its'. It's important to be ethical in your choices about how you model yourself after others. Give credit where credit is due and cite your influences. And be mindful of where intellectual property and other boundaries are. And in this world of global communication, transgressions are usually noticed which can impact your fledging reputation in detrimental ways. Nobody likes a plagiarizer.

"Mileage, Mileage, Mileage:
The true road to your own signature style is mileage, mileage, mileage. As Malcolm Gladwell highlights in his Outliers book, the magic number for true expertise, whatever your avocation, is 10,000 hours.


"In fact, researchers have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours."

Malcolm Gladwell
Outliers: The Story of Success


I remember as a 20-something the hubris I had to think I could just jump in and become an Organizational Development professional overnight. As a 40-something my humility is legions deeper. It has taken many, many, many hours to develop my particular 'it' and many, many, many more will be needed for the next phase of things.

Expertise and wisdom comes with the passing of time and with the weathering of many different experiences. Seasoning is king. If you stick with it and put in the mileage, your own unique signature style will slowly but authentically emerge. One can't skip steps. However one can learn to enjoy the journey along the way with its natural evolution

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Author's Bio: Christina Merkley, "The SHIFT-IT Coach" and creator of the SHIFT-IT System®, is a Visioning and Strategic Planning Expert specializing in Visual Thinking and Law of Attraction techniques. Based in charming Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, she works deeply with individuals, partners and conscious businesses to define and manifest what they truly want. And, trains other helping professionals in her innovative ways of working. For more information visit: and


Ready for your SHIFT? There is a HUGE TRANSITION going on in the world today both at a spiritual and physical level. Many people are feeling the call to ascend to a crisper, cleaner and more soul satisfying life - are you one of them? Enlist me as your personal transition aid. Define your vision, bust through your interfering resistance and start taking action. Pioneering Visual Coaching and Law of Attraction methods.

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Are you a helping professional with a creative bend? Are you intrigued with the visual way I work with my clients? I've trained hundreds of facilitators, consultants, trainers and now coaches, counselors, social workers, etc from around the globe. Learn fundamental visual skills that you can use in your own work with groups and individuals. Come join the visual tribe!

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Christina Merkley
The SHIFT-IT Coach &
Interactive-Visuals Mentor

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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