After a particularly frustrating and confusing career transition, I was referred to Michael, And I could not have asked for a better person to guide me through a particularly difficult transition. His program helped me re-set and define my own personal values & goals, which in turn helped me to look at aspects of my life in an entirely new perspective. Of course you get out what you put in, and the work is not easy, so be prepared to dig deep, but if you're truly invested in learning more about yourself and what you want out of life and/or career, the reward is SO worth it. I'm beyond grateful for Michael and the work he is doing and highly recommend him to anyone who's looking for some guidance and understanding of themselves and their goals.
- Lauren P.
Michael Stern and Integral Alignment gave me the direction and purpose I was so sorely missing in my life. Only a few months ago I had no idea what I was doing, and was feeling pretty depressed about it. Now, I have committed to and taken very real steps towards my next "big thing."
Michael's activities were not only useful during the course of the program, but are something I will continue to rely on throughout my life. His use of both Eastern and Western worldviews gives a unique, creative insight to overcoming resistance. I am so grateful to be excited about my life's unfolding after working with Stern through Integral Alignment.
- Dylan S.
Michael has been an excellent life and career coach advisor for the last three months. In the last few months, I have experienced going from confusion about my business into a clear plan on how to handle my business affairs. I highly recommend Michael as an excellent business, career and advisor coach.
- Mark K.
Michael has clarity into everything he does. I was stuck in a situation where I didn't know what I wanted to do with myself. I'm a person with many interests and wants. With Michaels help, I was able to experiment new things and find out what I really like to do. This came from being specific about my goals. I only took four sessions for me to feel my life has made a complete 180. Please don't hesitate to work with Michael. He is a very nice guy who is understandable and direct.
- Christian V.
I would highly recommend Michael to anyone that is looking to combine professional growth with their mindfulness practice. Our work together focused on establishing clarity around issues of self, community, and purpose. In my particular situation, these were important factors in understanding how I can shift my existing professional experience towards a more meaningful career path.
Here are a few things that have resulted from our work together:
- A clear and deep understanding of my strengths, values, beliefs, and how they relate to a meaningful career: When Michael and I started worked together, I was pretty apathetic towards any sense of purpose. I sincerely just wanted to find a job that didn't make me feel dead inside. Low bar, right? Turns out, repeatedly and angrily shouting "Why am I doing this?!" at 3am after a full weekend-worth of work really set me up for a closer look into the question. The reality was that I wanted to be passionate about my work and I think that's true, to some degree, for a lot of people. I say this perhaps for the following reason: Don't expect Michael to "solve" your "problems". Expect him to present you with opportunities to establish yourself as you move towards your goal so that you can understand what motivates you, what you're willing to sacrifice and why. Maybe you want to open a business, maybe you just want to understand what you want. In my case, it was clearing out the mental clutter and getting out of my own way so that I could actually see where it was that I wanted to go.
- A healthy approach to motivation and self-discipline. As a New Yorker, in my experience, the incredibly competitive environment and distorted idea of "productivity" made it difficult for me to grasp a reasonable understanding of success. Do Instagram "likes" count? What about brunches? How are you actually serving those around you and what are you getting back in return? This city is incredible but it's by no means normal so it was really important for me to develop a clearer sense of what goes into a feeling of fulfillment/accomplishment and the value of overcoming challenges in a much healthier way.
- An open and generous relationship with those around me. Again, perhaps a New York issue but I found that the shear density of people that seem detached and playing "the game" was steadily developing into an issue of real misanthropy in my daily life. I had already been practicing meditation consistently for a year by the time Michael and I started working together but his attention to fine-tuning my meditation practice really paid off. Slowly, the separation between myself and the world around me softened and I started to actually want to connect with people which resulted in not only deeper friendships but also an ease and confidence in situations that would previously rack me with nerves like networking, presenting my work to clients or just connecting with co-workers. This is the most subtle but probably most valuable benefit that I've gained through my work with Michael.
I hope this review was helpful for anyone that's considering hiring Michael. As I mentioned in the beginning, the 3 months that Michael and I worked together were perhaps challenging at times but imperative for establishing structure and momentum. I would really recommend Stern if you've got the opportunity to work together!
- Dasha E.
I wasn't sure if this was what i was looking for and Michael was very helpful in wait for my decision and giving me all the informations i needed to take it.
At the end i went for it and i can say that i reach all the goals i had in mind even without really realise it!
Also I have open doors that i didn't think was the root of the problems, i still working on it but with all the advice and tips Michael gave me, i'm confident i can make it by my self.
His philosophy is very interesting and appropriate for the time we are living now.
Michael is a very pleasant person and can easily switch between the roles of teacher, friends, coach and listener.
I will definitely work with him again in the future.
- Giorgia S.
Michael was my coach for about 6 month. My main purpose of having a coach was to reach my career goals. He helped me find the right direction. I also learned how to mange my stress and face overwhelming situations. He helped me learn about myself and my problems.
When I started the program I was stressful and unconfident about my career plans and some other life decisions. He helped me find a reasonable target and work toward that. Now I am confident, less stressful, and happy about the changes.
Michael is very knowledgeable in different things. Beside my career decisions, he also helped me with weight loss, and starting a healthy lifestyle. He helped me learn meditation and some cognitive behavioural strategies.
This was my first experience having a coach, and I will definitely work with him again if I face any challenging situation.
- Roya A.
I've been working with Michael for several months. I've had a noticeable positive uptick in productivity. But more importantly, I've learned how to better deal with stress, relate to others and maintain a positive attitude. I'd had a nagging thought that there was more to life than what I was seeing/feeling/doing. Michael has helped me explore that and I've been able to change the world by bettering myself. I am very thankful for that. If you want to change something about yourself and believe that's there something out there for you that you want but seems hard to get to, Michael may be able to help you help yourself.
- Michael B.
Michael had a gift for holding me to my highest self.
I most appreciated his instincts. Towards the end of most sessions, I found myself making a guttural noise in recognition of how to live my life in integrity - a kind of 'a-ha' moment. 'A-ha' reminders, actually. Mostly, I already knew the truth of what I needed to do & what direction to take. Michael helped me develop habits to actually bring it out of my head & heart & into the world.
I love his use of applying design thinking to your life. This was big for me. He helped me see every day as a series of small experiments & gave me clear accountability for testing out new actions. By the end, I gained clarity on my life's purpose, transformed some biz & personal relationships that weren't working for me, tapped more into my creative pursuits, & became more wild & found myself barefoot sprinting up & down the beach. I became more of myself - something I'll always treasure.
- Michael P.
I aimed to get a better hold over my career's trajectory as well as optimize my life for more happiness and fulfillment. So, I reached out to Michael for advice. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made. During our one-hour weekly phone calls, Michael and I developed a great rapport and had some great conversations. He was able to steer me in the right direction and helped me ask the right questions of myself. Michael introduced the perfect amount of structure into our conversations, for example, the first few chats had specific themes and objectives. However, he is flexible and adaptable and we frequently veered into pleasantly-surprising unplanned territory. He's great at being an impartial facilitator but he's also great at giving solid real-world advice. I felt reinvigorated after each call, and I developed lots of new strategies, habits, and ways of thinking that are actively making my life better.
- Adam S.
I would highly recommend working with Michael, particularly if you are interested in finding deeper meaning in your work and life. He is an authentically passionate partner in helping you uncover deeper meaning and beginning to live it, step by step by step.
He helped me recognize and pop out of this subtly lurking belief that I had only one deeper purpose and vocation that was meant for me, and that I needed to figure out what it was and make a plan to live it. Additionally I realized that I believed I needed to do something very big in the world in order for my life to have any meaning. I sort of knew these things about myself, yet I was still living them and believing them. Michael helped me to get free, and realize that there are many versions of my life that would be in integrity with my deepest values. He helped me to start prototyping my way forward and learn through doing and experimenting.
He is a wise person and is good at attuning to the most important threads and emotional experiences that come up in our sessions and then focusing on them. It feels like we are getting down to the most essential subjects quickley, together. Then he provides the tools, in practices and exercises, and action accountabilities, that help me take real, meaningful action to address these issues in my life and create real, meaningful change.
I get the sense he is living what he is sharing as well, so it feels authentic and doesn't feel like he's giving a lot of advice, but more in it with me.
I'm still working with him and get the sense that I, and those I relate with, will benefit from this partnership for a long time.
- Brett I.
After a year of contemplating 'what I want to do with my life', I decided to start looking for a coach that would work with me to discover a path I would like to follow and make into my own business. In my research finding and interviewing various coaches, I immediately knew Michael was the coach. He is calm, inquisitive, spiritual, and passionate about his work - which aligned with what I was looking for.
In the 3ish months I worked with Michael, I learned a lot about myself, and ability to be introspective, and that it's okay to change, move, and adjust paths as needed. For someone who is very Type A and likes to plan, this was very relieving for me. In just a few sessions I had pinpointed a path I was passionate about but had been afraid to follow because of negative self-talk.
Michael provided me with the skills and tools to work toward my goal, and of course accountability. I'm happy to say that I've started my blog and enrolled in a certification program I am very excited about. Working with Michael accelerated the discovery of my path, and also helped me work on the spiritual side, which I needed.
- Krista M.
This program has given me the confidence to know that I have the ability to strive for a profession that will fulfill my purpose and bring greater meaning to my life. It has been so helpful for me to have someone who is understanding of my desires to hold me accountable for making progress. I now more fully recognize that having an awareness of your purpose and working towards a life that fulfills that purpose is very important - and doable!
When I started investigating coaches, I really didn't know what to expect. I only knew that I could achieve something more and needed some help to move forward. This program has exceeded my expectations and I am so very grateful for it. Although I'm not quite there yet, I am getting so much closer. The messages I have received during the program (internal and external) have really penetrated my thought process and are helping me make better choices.
Thank you, Michael!
- Martha R.
I worked with Michael for 3 months. I highly recommend him as a life coach. In the past 3 months, I took away some very useful career/personal tips for my life.
I also felt that Michael's advice and guidance comes from a higher place of love and non-judgement. So I have had my fair share of experience of getting advice from professionals and healers who made me feel that I am not good enough. They would tell me that "you are too this, you are too that, you need to work on this, etc". Here is thing, if I am 100% perfect, then I wouldn't need their advice. There is a fine balance between "objective criticism/positive encouragement" and "judgement/negative criticism".
To be honest, I was a pretty bad mentee. I rarely did my homework. And I always talked about the negative situations and people in my life that bothered me. Michael accepted everything.
Most importantly, he always motivated and encouraged me in a way that empowered me and added to my self confidence.
I believe a good coach is someone who can motivate and encourage you to be the best version of yourself without making you feel guilty, devalued, and not good enough. Its not about whether you are good enough or not. I really enjoyed working with Michael. I would definitely work with him again in the future.
- Wendy L.
You taught me to think about life differently, while also allowing me to explore my own happiness. I am glad that we got a chance to work together as I will remember everything we discussed throughout my life. I strive to continue to grow on a day to day basis and now have a better understanding of what my "life's purpose" is. Thank you thank you!
My experience with Michael was my first with a life coach. I was skeptical to begin with but was encouraged to pursue it and was intrigued after the initial free consultation. I am in a crossroad in my life, switching from law to teaching, which is daunting and stressful. Michael excelled at listening to my issues and dilemmas and provided constructive feedback and advice in how I should network with people and gain valuable information on my new career path while also being pro-active and taking small steps to figure out where my passion and desire within teaching truly lie. Although I have not yet reached my final goal I feel a lot more confident in the path that Michael helped me build.
- Thomas T.F.
Working with Mike has been tremendously helpful and calming. At the beginning of our program I was harried, stressed, overworked, and confused about my direction and path; and by the end I've become much more patient, accepting and strategic, all while increasing my productivity. Mike is the third person I've seen to help me process the fallout of my divorce in the last three years and has affected the most change by far; his techniques and practices have resonated with me much more fully than any before.
- Nick W.