Less angst. More action.

Less crisis. More change.

Hey there, brilliant one.

I’m Shannon Wilkinson, the not-so-mad genius behind Perception Studios.
I’m a life coach, teacher, writer + summit seeker based in Portland.
Want to know my soul’s calling — and lifelong obsession?
In a word: CHANGE.

Most of us think change equals angst, pressure and force.
Me? I believe change can be peaceful, simple, even playful.

As a coach, I use mind-bending tools (yep, literally) like Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Hypnosis to help you change your mind, change your behaviors, and ultimately, change the world.

I’m on a quest to make change welcome again (because seriously, it’s got such a bad rap) — and help you stick to your highest ambitions, like crazy-strong superglue.

Want to become a master of change?
Keep your commitments?
Finish what you’ve started?
Create something BIG?

Bravo! I’ve got LOTS to show you.

Get your personal invitation and let’s make some (unbelievable) changes together.

Shannon Wilkinson

Want to know what’s been on my mind lately? Keep on scrolling . . .

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Want to learn to coach yourself through just about anything? With Explore & Play More membership, you get access to a library of coaching tools, a new one each month, plus much more. Read more.

Freedom from Self-Talk (a No-Cost Explore + Play Class + Coaching Hour)

How’s your inner critic treating you? It’s not unusual to have an unkind tyrant with a non-stop monologue criticizing your every move. Even if your inner dialogue isn’t so harsh, if it’s distracting or anything other than supportive, it can keep you stuck and feeling bad.

During the July Explore & Play Class & Coaching Hour, you’ll learn what self-talk is, simple ways to gain freedom from that harsh inner critic, PLUS ways that self-talk can be supportive and useful. (It’s not all bad!) As always, I’ll be coaching and guiding callers on how to use these mind-bending techniques and any other issues that come up.

The call is Tuesday, July 8 at 11am Pacific (see what time that is for you). Take a moment now, to get your invitation to the free call and get the change you want.

What would it be like if you could quiet your mind?

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Want email reminders for the free, live calls? Get yourself signed up over there, in the sidebar. Want the recordings to automagically show up in your inbox each month? Explore & Play More is for you. (includes one private mini-coaching session each month!) See the list of previous Explore & Play Classes.

What would you like to change if you could?

Let me know here in the comments, on the Facebook page, or send me a private note; especially if you might like to be coached on Tuesday. 

Want to learn to coach yourself through just about anything? With Explore & Play More membership, you get access to a library of coaching tools, a new one each month, plus much more. Read more.

Change your Mind, Change your Life (an Explore & Play Class & Coaching Hour)

Your perceptions guide your actions. What you think directly impacts how you feel and what you do. You have much more control over your mind than you think.

During the June Explore & Play Class & Coaching Hour, I’ll be teaching you how you can change your mind to make small and big changes in your life. I’ll be answering questions and coaching people through these mind-bending techniques.

Whether you get coached or not, I can guarantee that you’ll leave the call with new techniques and strategies that you can use in a variety of situations. Join the free call by getting on the list and get the change you want.

Where do you want more ease in your life?

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Want email reminders for the free, live calls? Get yourself signed up over there, in the sidebar.

Want the recordings to automagically show up in your inbox each month? Explore & Play More is for you. (includes one private mini-coaching session each month!)

See the list of previous Explore & Play Classes.

What would you like to change if you could?

Let me know here in the comments, on the Facebook page, or send me a private note; especially if you might like to be coached on Tuesday. 

 

Want to learn to coach yourself through just about anything? With Explore & Play More membership, you get access to a library of coaching tools, a new one each month, plus much more. Read more.

I Thought I Couldn’t

Ten years ago, a friend announced to a group of us that she wanted to walk the Portland Marathon. She wanted us to join her.

While I had started doing something about my years decades of relative inactivity, walking 26.2 miles seemed impossible for me. I dismissed it immediately. “I’ll support you however I can,” I said, “but, I can’t do it with you.”

I can’t do it.

I did support them. I didn’t complain (too loudly) when nights out were sacrificed for morning trainings. I made goofy little affirmation cards, one per mile, to make them laugh when they’d want to cry (and probably quit). During the marathon, I met them at the start, gave them their affirmation cards and cheered them on at six or seven different spots along the way, bringing different snacks and drinks.

Verklempt and inspired.

During that long day, I had the opportunity to see thousands of people running and walking their way through those long miles. My response surprised me. I became choked up, over and over again. And, not just when I saw my friends. I clapped for perfect strangers until my hands were bruised, I cheered until my voice was hoarse. All for these people who had the tenacity and perseverance to do something I, and most everyone else, thought was impossible.

It still didn’t seem like something I’d be able to do, much less want to do, but something inside me, a place of possibility perhaps, cracked open — just a bit — on the October day in 2004. It was something that would grow way beyond anything I could imagine at the time.

Fast forward, Boston Marathon 2014.

I’m still trying to put into words my latest experience at the Boston Marathon. I’ve talked a little bit about going from avowed non-runner to marathoner, but this last one, it was something else altogether.

For now, I’ll let this picture of me crossing the finish line at the 118th Boston Marathon speak for me.

Shannon Wilkinson crosses the finish line of the 118th Boston Marathon - April 21, 2014

If you’ve been itching to get moving (it doesn’t have to be marathons, or even running!) join me for Change Artistry: Get Active. It’s a group coaching program for people who want to get more active, and have fun while doing it. It’s not an exercise program, it’s different. No force. No guilt. No shame. Read more.

Want to learn to coach yourself through just about anything? With Explore & Play More membership, you get access to a library of coaching tools, a new one each month, plus much more. Read more.

May Coaching Hour (an Explore & Play Class)

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Tuesday it’s time for our May coaching hour! If you have a project you can’t seem to start, a relationship that pushes your buttons or find yourself in an unhelpful pattern, call in and you could get coached through your situation.

Whether you get coached or not, I can guarantee that you’ll leave the call . . . → keep reading

How I Give My Dreams Wings

Shannon Wilkinson at Mile 18 of the 2012 Portland Marathon

This post is part of Andrea Schroeder’s Give Your Dreams Wings blog hop. (Read all about it at the bottom of this post.) Special thanks to Andrea for including me, and inspiring this post!

A few years ago, I read a novel, I can’t remember the title or author’s name, just that the protagonist . . . → keep reading

April Coaching Hour (an Explore & Play Class)

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The second Tuesday in April is just about here, and that means, time for another coaching hour! Whether you’re coached live or not, there’s always plenty to gain from these calls. After each person is coached, I’ll pull out key strategies and ideas for you to use in your unique situation. Plus, I’ll answer your . . . → keep reading

March Coaching Hour (an Explore & Play Class)

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Tuesday, March 11th, is another full coaching hour! There’s no planned topic, but will be plenty to learn — even if you aren’t coached live.

I will be drawing from each mini-coaching session to give you tips or ideas that you can apply to your unique situation. At the end of the call, you’ll have . . . → keep reading

How to Fall

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And more importantly how to get up again.

It’s natural when you’re a kid. You probably don’t remember learning to walk yourself, but odds are, you’ve seen a toddler in the act. The falling, the getting back up, the trying and trying and trying. The cheering and encouragement for every effort.

The falls may include . . . → keep reading

Forgetting Doesn’t Mean You Don’t Care

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Have you ever made a declaration that you’re going to make a change and then after a time or two forgot about it?

I’m going to eat better!

I’m going to exercise every day!

I’m going to watch my spending!

And then you don’t. You eat the way you’ve always eaten. Your workout clothes get . . . → keep reading

How Clear Are You? Really?

Foggy, snowy St. Johns Bridge - Portland, Oregon by Shannon Wilkinson

While coaching people on yesterday’s Explore & Play call, a little theme developed. It’s the same thing I’m going to be talking about at Thursday’s free talk here in Portland.

How clear are you about what you want?

Is it foggy and unclear?

Is it what others think you should want?

Is it a thinly . . . → keep reading