It’s so interesting to me the way tenacity and a healthy dose of stubbornness often leads us in the direction of our best selves. During my morning meditation today, I let the feeling that accompanied my most meaningful thoughts float around in my head and meander through my entire body. I do that for as long as it feels good and unforced, then when I’m ready, I listen for what the results of that feeling tell me.
Sometimes, I don’t hear anything, and I’ve learned to become okay with that. Other times, I hear God/Self loud and clear; but either way, the message comes, whether immediately or eventually. Today was one of those “eventually” days, because as I sat down to do some reading—almost three hours after my meditation—the message came barreling into my psyche, prompting me to slam down my book, reach for my trusty MacBook Pro, and get to writin’! Here’s what I received for me/for you:
Think back to where you were when it dawned on you that you could possibly be in business for yourself. Are you in the exact same (mental) place now? No, right? You’ve grown somehow, I know it! If even in the subtlest of ways, you’ve grown, and that’s great news. Why? Dude, because…
- You now have a better idea of how you flow. If it’s been at least two years, you should start to see patterns in your work and communication styles. This is imperative because you need to get really good at creating a work environment that doesn’t fight against the way you are naturally. If you keep at it, you’ll find that even with all the “tried-and-true” systems for success out there, the BEST system can only be most effective if you’re inclined to consistently do it! So, by all means, learn about the successful systems, but more than that, pay attention to your internal ecology and create your daily work environment based on how you naturally flow.
- You’ve made meaningful connections with other like-minded folks. Let’s talk straight: every business card you receive ain’t worth keepin’, BUT you should be able to identify some instances where your networking paid off, and a contact you made turned out to be a valuable ally. If that’s not the case mama, stop attending the same type of networking events, and start getting more comfortable with yourself! To be even more specific: quit dressing up to pretend you’ve made it, when you’re still just figuring shit out–it’s OKAY! One of the biggest appeals of entrepreneurship (for me) is that I get to be myself, not a puffed up, suit-wearing version of my “Now Presenting, Akilah!” self that I felt I had to be in corporate America. Focus on authentic connections instead of business card collecting, and you’ll start realizing strategic partnerships that can and will help your business to grow.
- You’re learning to embrace your strengths. One of the running themes of the successful people I know and read about boils down to this: When you get EXCELLENT with what you’re good at, the resources you need to delegate the other stuff become well within your reach. #MESSAGE! I, for example, loathe outbound marketing. I suck at it, big time, and that’s the real deal! At first, I spent hundreds of hours doing courses (on and offline) to help strengthen that muscle. But um, it never got there, and it left me feeling defeated. A couple years and a few ego bruises later, I’ve learned to redirect my energies to my strengths, and now we have help with inbound marketing, so I don’t have to do it! #SCORE! What are you great at, and how can you maximize that greatness in your daily work efforts? Write down the answers to those questions, and use them to refine your daily flow.
Do you identify with any of that? Let me know. If you don’t, contact me to set up a complimentary Life Design consultation, and let’s start the process of getting you uncluttered, re-focused, and more aware.
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.” ~Amelia Earhart