Choosing Greater Good:
Learning to Thrive with OCD…One Choice at a Time
For those of us living with OCD, nothing is more important than the choices we make moment by moment. Unfortunately, our decision-making is often clouded by the very nature of our distorted thinking. Far too often:
- We allow our OCD “doubt bullies” to limit our choices to black-and-white ones.
- We frame these choices as “good” versus “bad,” based not on their inherent value, but rather on the degree of anxiety they leave us with, meaning…
- We wind up making decisions based on our doubt bully’s motivators of fear and doubt.
As two OCD survivors, we know from first-hand experience how difficult effective decision-making can be, especially in the heat of an OCD episode.
Fortunately, we also know that it’s possible to shift our primary motivators from fear and doubt to purpose and service, and shift our decision-making from “good” versus “bad” to “good” versus Greater Good.
To this end, we have created a powerful tool called The Greater Good Perspective Shift, and we believe it can make a world of difference in your OCD recovery.
Join us online on Sunday, July 17, 2016, at 8 pm ET / 7 pm CT / 6 pm MT / 5 pm PT for a 75-minute story-filled and informative webinar, Choosing Greater Good: Learning to Thrive with OCD… One Choice at a Time, and learn the following:
- The critical distinctions between fear-based doubt and intellect-based doubt
- The lure of OCD “trap doors”
- The power of service and purpose as Greater Good motivators
- The value of changing your relationship with anxiety
- The Greater Good Perspective Shift and step-by-step instructions on how to use it
Take the first step right now. Choose to sign up for our webinar and let us show you how to take back your decision-making—and your life—from your OCD doubt bully!
We know what it’s like
Both of us know from first-hand experience what it’s like to have OCD. Jeff is an author, mental health advocate, radio news anchor, and OCD survivor. In Rewind, Replay, Repeat: A Memoir of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Jeff shares his own journey of overcoming obsessive compulsive disorder. Jeff’s second book, When in Doubt, Make Belief: An OCD-Inspired Approach to Living with Uncertainty offers readers practical techniques for pushing through the discomfort of uncertainty.
Jeff is a 2007 recipient of Mental Health America’s prestigious forWARDS Award, for “moving the cause of mental health forward,” and his story has been featured in The Wall Street Journal (online), Psychology Today, DETAILS Magazine, and The New York Times. He is also the founder of The Adversity 2 Advocacy Alliance and a National Spokesperson for the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) and is on the IOCDF Board of Directors.
Shala is a mental health advocate, author, counselor, and OCD survivor. After hiding her OCD from family, friends, and colleagues for more than thirty years, she broke “rule #1” and shared the story of how she finally took her life back from OCD as the keynote speaker at the 2013 IOCDF national conference. Shala is writing a book about OCD with Jon Hershfield, MFT, which will be published in 2017, and she’s also writing the book version of her story that she told during the keynote, Is Fred in the Refrigerator?
She spent more than fifteen years in sales and marketing, but after finally getting the right treatment for OCD, she went back to school and became an OCD and anxiety treatment specialist. Shala has also started and led a number of support groups for people with OCD, and she co-founded the non-profit OCD Georgia, the official Georgia affiliate of the IOCDF. She is also an Advocate for The Adversity 2 Advocacy Alliance.
Feedback about our Four Keys Out webinar
“I loved this webinar. It was extraordinarily helpful to me as someone who has felt quite isolated with my OCD. I especially the loved the segments where Jeff and Shala acted out each others “Doubt Bully”. What their doubt bullies had to say to them was so much like what my doubt bully continually says to me – and hearing them actually put it into words and speak it out loud was especially helpful. Thank you.”
“Your personal experiences/examples made it easier to understand and relate to both the points being made, and OCD in general. Your approach breaks it down very well into the details of the faulty thinking (and ways to change it), and makes it real and relatable, and not so scary.”
“I am constantly searching for strategies to help me do ERP on my own and learn to thrive with OCD, yet this webinar was a rare opportunity that actually accomplished this. I am so grateful for this webinar. It was not only inspirational, but also the most helpful hour I have had in a very long time. Truly invaluable! Thank you both.”
“I found your “4 Keys” very helpful and motivating. I look forward to trying them out.”
“I really enjoyed the personal stories, it makes such an impact knowing you truly understand. Thank you for making other OCD sufferers part of your Greater Good. I hope one day, I can do the same.”
More Buzz about our OCD webinars
“It was very helpful and refreshing to hear from two OCD sufferers who have not “overcome” OCD, but are thriving with it. It makes life much less lonely. I have done better on my rituals and compulsions this week simply from feeling not so alone. Jeff’s story of him being told about the typos in his book @ a book signing as well as the publisher printing books out of order was very helpful to me in living with my own perceptions of perfection and control.”
“The lived applications of the skills you taught made you people more relatable. In particular, pointing out that you still sometimes fall short of ideal in your mindsets and actions helped to establish common ground, thereby encouraging me that I, like you two, can also get it right a bunch of the time.”
“I appreciate your sense of humor and how you’re so personable. enjoyed watching you guys :)”
“Easy to understand and follow even for someone with not a lot of knowledge on OCD. It was a great reminder on the steps that I need to take when dealing with an OCD thought to avoid engaging in the compulsive behaviour.”
“Just the ticket for those who are contemplating ERP but are ambivalent about doing so. This webinar will coax you over the hump and enable you to do the difficult thing in order to make life better for you and those around you.”
What will happen after I register?
Within 24 hours of your registration, you’ll receive an email from AnyMeeting with a link you can click on at the time of the webinar. AnyMeeting will also automatically send you reminder emails that include the link to connect to the webinar.
What will I learn during the webinar?
During the webinar we’ll discuss the three truths about OCD, an antidote to OCD doubt, the gold standard treatment for OCD (ERP), strategies for making empowering “Greater Good” decisions that take power from your OCD, and four keys you can use to motivate yourself to do the hard work of ERP and thrive!
What is ERP?
ERP is exposure and response prevention, the evidence-based therapy for OCD.
How long is the webinar?
1 hour and 15 minutes.
Can I register for the webinar right before it starts?
Because of some technology limitations, unfortunately we’ll need to have your registration by about 1 hour before the webinar.
Can I use my computer to watch the webinar?
Yes! You can use your computer, a tablet or a smartphone. You’ll be able to see us, hear us, and see our slides through your device. You can also call in, but if you do, you won’t be able to see us or the slides.
How much does the webinar cost?
$20 if you register by July 13, and $30 for registrations received after July 13. If you are currently unable to afford this webinar, please email us at shala (at) beyondthedoubt.com. We offer pro bono slots in hopes of making our work available to all who are interested.
Do I need to be in OCD therapy to attend your webinar?
No. This webinar is for anyone suffering from OCD.
What if I’ve already gone through OCD therapy … would this webinar be helpful?
Yes! OCD needs long-term management, even after therapy, and the motivation tools we’ll introduce can help you strengthen your recovery from OCD.
I have another question … how do I contact you?
You can send an email to shala (at) beyondthedoubt.com or you can send us your question through the Contact Us form.
Top three reasons to sign up today
- While we take OCD very seriously, we try to take ourselves less seriously, and ourwebinar is filled with personal stories of how we apply the tools to keep our own OCD Doubt Bullies in check and our lives our own.
- The strategies we share are tools you can start applying immediately in your day-to-day life.
- We’ve both had OCD on and off since childhood, and we’ve been in recovery from OCD for years, so we get it. By joining us you will know you are not alone, and that you can have a great life, even if you have OCD.
Bottom line … are you just “surviving” with your OCD? Join us for this webinar and learn how to choose Greater Good, choice by choice, and THRIVE!