Being More Pirate can be a challenging path to tread. It’s more than worth it but it is going to stretch you, in a good way.
That’s where Pirate Coaching comes in.
Most leading pirates in Golden Age had spectacular but short careers, ending up either killed in battle or hung for treason. We want a more sustainable lifestyle these days!
I can help you figure out what your mutiny is about, how you can go about and support you through it.
Firstly, being more pirate is not a personality, an archetype or a style (although they certainly had plenty of that!), it’s a way of BEING. The clue is in the title.
I can help you explore what this means for you, to develop your own mindset around this. To find out what really matter to you – your values, beliefs, desires and priorities. I’ll help you to form these into your own Pirate Code, and to use that to inform your decisions and actions.
I can also help you work on your purpose. We all think we know what purpose is, that it’s a really good thing to have and all we have to do is figure out what ours is. In reality, however, it’s about as easy as grabbing a hand full of eels. What sounds solid and defining is often ephemeral, transitory and elusive. The truth is that you may never have ‘a purpose’, you may have several and not have a firm grip on any of them. The trick is to have enough of a purpose for now so that you can make progress, so you set your general direction of travel.
It’s also about taking action, starting with some small, bold steps. In time, you will get more adventurous and go to the edges of the map, flirting with the unknown. Firstly, though, you have to get moving, in a small way, and then build confidence and gain momentum. As Lao Tzu said “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”
I’ll be your sage-like adviser (I’ve already got the grey hair!), your sounding board, your guide through the tricky process of deciding and taking action. I’ll be the one to pick you up and dust you off when you’ve hit the deck, the one to gently suggest it’s time to change course as you blithely sail straight into the the storm.
Pirates also do a lot of truth telling, which can be a daunting prospect for many of us after being taught to play by the rules and keep quiet. I’ll help you find your inner voice and the courage to overcome your fears and do what you know is right – to stand up and speak your truth.
Finally, you need to tell some tall tales. The Pirates excelled at terrifying their opponents with their appearance and stories, which enabled them to overcome seemingly impossible odds. I’ll work with you to distill and craft your story and to work it up into a powerful weapon in your armoury (Part of my corporate career was in marketing, so I have experience of message crafting).
I know what it’s like to do the work, to make change in this way, from my corporate career. You do have power to make change happen but it’s not easy. There’s a lot of establishment power elsewhere that you are going to be up against. Persistence is key and I’ll help you keep at it, support you on those days when it seems too much and hold you back when you’re in danger of burning yourself out.
Although being more pirate is all about rule-breaking, we only break the stupid ones, so I will work with you in an ethical way, maintain complete confidentiality and exercise my duty of care at all times.
I know you can do this by yourself (well, along with your crew) but think how much faster and easier it will be with me to help you.
If you’re interested in finding out how this would work (and to be honest, I’m not entirley sure myself, I’m ‘making shit up’ here, in true pirate style), let’s have a conversation and explore the possibilities.
You can also find out a bit more ABOUT me first, if you wish.