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In this episode Joel and Antonia talk about The HAT Model as a framework to do personal growth around either healing, achievement or transcendence.

In this podcast on Healing, Achievement & Transcendence you’ll find:

  • A lot of things are suddenly popping up in life and it’s a impeding our personal growth.
  • We put in a lot of energy on these events and we feel that we can’t just move on the next level.
  • The HAT model stands for Healing, Achievement and Transcendence.
  • Useful in identifying the best coaching type, it allows people to uncover their overarching need that’s unmet in the moment in order to get them to the next model.
  • Healing – Anytime you have trauma, this is something you need to attend to.
  • Achievement – You’re at a baseline of health and you’re trying to get to the next level.
  • Transcendence Work – is anything that has to do spiritual or ego work.
  • Healing from a trauma doesn’t have to be an awful experience that left you damaged. Healing can be a minor traumas we’ve picked from experiences in life and you just need to re-assess your value as a person.
  • The three components of the HAT model may seem confusing to contrast at first because they look alike. One can get them jumbled and having this model helps frame things.
  • It appears that there are more people who are comfortable in the healing component and finding the piece of trauma is interesting to them. No matter what area that they should be focusing on, it’s almost always going to happen on the lens of healing.
  • People can also get stuck when they skip the achievement piece and just rely on the transcendence piece.
  • We will have so many mysterious things happen to us for from within. Oftentimes, we just really don’t feel for a long time and we’re not sure what’s going on.
  • Thinkers have the tendency to ignore their emotional challenges that they focus more on the physical, tangible stuff (e.g. pain).
  • When we avoid development, it leads to mysterious depressions, illness and that feeling of “can’t seem to get to the next level” because we don’t know how to fully manage the drive that’s inside us.
  • The first step is awareness or understanding what’s happening. Be proactive to identify what you need to address.
  • Identify the issue when its presence is unknown.
  • You need to run towards pain, embrace it, and realize that it’s just perception.
  • With healing, we can talk about our existing issues.
  • With transcendence, it’s all about yoga. The uncomfortable side is questioning your beliefs and finding out who you are for the first time in your life.
  • One of the reasons why we get stuck is because we stay in our comfort zones.
  • You can easily identify people who have focused on the three components efficiently.
  • The least comfortable portion is where you need focus on and go.
  • Which track is more comfortable to you and which one is tough?

Things we reference in this podcast:

HAT Model | Healing, Achievement, Transcendence #healing #achievement #transcendence

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  • Joel Mark Witt
    • Joel Mark Witt
    • May 26, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Thank you Merja for your comments and sharing with us.

  • Joel Mark Witt
    • Joel Mark Witt
    • May 26, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Thanks for the question Su. I think that might make a great topic in the future.

  • Su
    • Su
    • May 26, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Very interesting model. It would help if you guys can do a podcast or write up about each like how to get out of it or how to enter into it. I found myself entering into Healing process again and again whenever I take a step back to examine growth until it gets a little depressing. I want to Achieve but there’s nothing to achieve.

  • Merja
    • Merja
    • May 1, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Love love LOVE this!

    I find with my own journey that where I hold myself back most is achievement. I feel lazy about it – because I feel that I have nothing to prove anymore. Except… how to achieve without using it as a form of self punishment. Transcendence…? LOL Loving it! Three-legged race indeed. ;)

  • Andy Spyros
    • Andy Spyros
    • April 29, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Love the three-legged race metaphor. I now work with lots of high-achieving individuals who have been “blindsided” by either healing or transcendence items popping up for attention or review. They could only do the achievement piece so long without addressing the other two. Very recently many (OK ALL) of my clients had issues they thought they had dealt with come back for more attention (oh, yeah and me, too) so you are not alone. Sometimes they are upper limit issues, sometimes they are more of a tap on the shoulder (or punch in the gut as it were) to say, “hey, just to let you know, you’re carrying this boulder back here still and if you’d just stop doing that you’d get to your destination much more quickly and easily.” So, yeah, run toward them, meet them at the flagpole or take them out to lunch whatever floats your boat! Even the biggest of issues often dissipates when it’s not trapped under a rug.

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