How to use improv to "Know Thyself"

"The truth is outside of all fixed patterns. Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way."

- Bruce Lee

Before I became a Life Coach, I worked as an actress and studied improvisation with The Groundlings Improv Troupe.

Now, let me start by saying: Creating through improvisation can feel daunting (even scary). But this practice opened me up to possibilities I never could have imagined before.

Practicing improv stretched the bandwidth of my imagination. It helped me “try on” different parts of myself to find the *right* fit. It allowed me to stretch, to grow, and to create myself.

To know myself.

To accept myself.

To love myself.

And when you know, love, and accept yourself? Well, that’s when everything starts to *work.*

This is why I include improvisation in everything I do (and within the 7 Imposters I detail in SoulBlazing!)

Improvisation is all about getting uncomfortable and releasing who you think you are… to try out a different experience.

This applies to your development as a person, too:

To become YOU, %FIRSTNAME%, you have to release who you are…

And to release who you are, you have to do things differently.

Here’s a few recommendations for how -

#1. Change the way you do even basic things.

If you drink coffee every morning, try green tea instead or a coffee alternative like MUD water.

If you sleep on one side of the bed every night, try sleeping on the other.

If you take the same route to work every day, try a different route.

Doing the same thing, at the same time, every day LIMITS who you might become. Changing how you do even the most basic task ALLOWS for possibility!

On a body-level, this encourages your brain to make new and different neural-pathways. On a soul-level, this allows you to “try on” different parts of yourself… and different possibilities for who you can become!

#2. Do the thing you say you “never” (or “cannot”) do!

If you find yourself saying, “I’m not the kind of person who does X!” DO. THAT. THING.

I’m not the kind of person who travels alone… Go on a trip by yourself (even for a couple of hours)!

I’m not the kind of person who meditates in the morning… Try a 1-minute meditation today!

I’m not the kind of person who gets to know my neighbors… Make cookies and share with a neighbor!

This might feel uncomfortable (that’s kind of the point!) But it’s a necessary step in becoming self-actualized:

Release who you ARE and invite who you are BECOMING.

So try on something new and different every once in a while! Because this is what allows you to step into your full essence.

You can read more about my early experience with changing things up (by hitchhiking with strangers as a conservative school-girl and saying ‘yes!’ to solo-travel in place of my dream-career) in my book SoulBlazing.


Lisa 🙏📿

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