It's spring here! Let's strip down our businesses. What can you let go of? We un-clutter our homes, we release toxic relationships, we clean out our closets. How about your business?
Imagine if every day you got rid of something that just isn't serving you...
Delete those emails.
Unsubscribe from newsletters.
Donate unread books.
Eliminate an offering from your site.
Take out the extra tasks that aren't awesome for you or aren't garnering results.
Fire clients that aren't your ideal.
Stop working on projects that are less than a '10' for you.
Buy a new journal with fresh clean pages.
Toss old files.
Finish your taxes.
Everything you hold on to that has nothing to do with your business TODAY, eliminate. Whittle yourself down to the core of the core of your business. What is the soul inspired place? Go there.
Eliminate to make room for the new & the fresh.
Allow yourself the space to let new seeds take hold.
Ready to strip down with me?
Play here - what are you getting rid of today?
What I've learned is that business-as-usual DOESN'T work for intuitive people. Spiritual alignment is a non-negotiable. And we understand that in our coaching, we get how to dive into the questions our inner voice urges us to ask. But for some reason when we go to build our business we decide that our minds know best.
It's not true.
Creating clients can be loving and spiritual when we are deeply connected to ourselves.
This isn't building a spiritual business, this is building your business through spirit. There's a HUGE difference.
I've coached hundreds of coaches and released them all from the internet marketing hooplah. Because there is another way... and you know there is.
We did some profound work in my UnTraining groups about honoring our natural flow state this week... being an entrepreneur is cyclical. Let's face it, we feel invincible one day and think we suck the next (okay sometimes it happens in minutes instead of days...).
So we dove into that void when our flow is ebbing. We get FOMO and we get into comparisonitis. We feel impatient and channel our inner Veruca Salt (I want it NOW). And we feel like we must be doing something wrong.
Hear this... what you do with the void is the differentiator between those who are succeeding and those who are not.
You can fight it. You can go down kicking and screaming.
You can start creating anything to get you out.
You can start throwing spaghetti at the walls in the slim hope that something will stick.
You can start yelling at the seeds you've planted to 'GROW DAMMIT'
You can start looking outside of yourself for results to prove that you're not as incompetent or (insert your own not-so-loving word here) as you think you are.
You can chin up and force your way to the other side, push through.
And none of that is a long term solution.
Because tomorrow, next month, whenever, you'll have to do it all over again. And eventually, all that fighting leads nowhere but where you are now.
You can surrender.
You can recognize this as part of the process.
You can realize that all seeds grow in their own time and you can relax.
You can believe that you've done your part and you can use the ebb to reflect on what you really want to be creating, you can use the space to clear the path for further growth.
You can be gentle with yourself and enjoy the break.
You can learn to TRUST YOURSELF, and the Universe-Source-God that all good things are on their way because you've done your part.
You can learn to float.
The ebb will happen again.
AND if you've strengthened your own internal trust muscles, then you know you will be safe and you will continue to grow each time it does. No fighting frenzy. And eventually you will float back into flow, easily and seamlessly.
The true difference between those who are truly succeeding and those who aren't all comes down to trust. Ask yourself, "Where do I need to trust myself, my process and my flow more?"
For years my battle cry has been "Screw The Formulas". I lived into that. I preached it, examined it, became it. I questioned everything I did to make sure I wasn't letting sneaky little formulas enter into my world, especially my business. I learned to let go of meditating like others, writing like others, creating clients like others. I released the programmed way of being in my business and I do things in ways that feel really good instead of letting spreadsheets and checklists run my world.
And clients came, hearts enflamed by the passion with which I expressed my battle cry. We were all moving away from something, rejecting the status quo and prefabricated ways of being because as intuitive creatures there's nothing less empowering for us than living inside of someone else's box.
It's the battle cry that got me to this amazing level of success.
But that battle cry no longer feels like mine - and it's not the one that will get me to my next level.
I spread it already.
I embody it already.
So I sit before you looking for my next adventure. It's truly moving into allowing, creating, surrendering... my new battle cry is for EXPANSION, for balanced intuitive powerful feminine business building and the creation of more and more wealth as a vehicle for world change.
I'm looking for the ones who are ready to truly embrace a bigger expansiveness of their soul and know that it's not optional anymore to hold back on the truth of who they are. I'm looking for people who are ready to super-nova all over the world.
It'll be messy and deep.
But we're no longer needing to move AWAY from where we were, we're ready to move TOWARDS our higher calling - not towards our life's purpose, we already are living it, but beyond that into the spiritual connectedness that is without limits.
I don't know what that battle cry is. It's not wrapped up neat and clean in my mind yet. In my heart I can feel it forming. I can feel my ego scrambling around trying hard to figure it out, throwing out ideas as life rafts instead of inspirations. That's okay. It's part of the peeling back old layers to get to the gold. My new skin is fresh and raw and completely necessary to move forward.
That next new battle cry, the one that has me leading the cause that is me and you... sitting in the curiosity of what is to come.
But we all think of just the one... the one that is about our shadows, the things we think others will judge us of, the things we judge ourselves for. How vulnerable is it to show up and speak out loud of your flaws right? So we practice becoming more real, more open with where we are, what we struggle with.
The beauty of this kind of vulnerability is that when we can express our shame, it diffuses it. We heal ourselves and we give permission for others to heal. Gorgeous right?
But what about the other side of that coin? What about claiming just how magnificent you are? What about shamelessly coming forward and talking about your superpowers, of your successes, of your triumphs, of things that come super easy for you?
That's vulnerability too. We get shame. We get sharing our flaws - but if we share our glow then we're no longer accessible, relatable, we will lose friends, family won't understand us anymore, we will come off as too good. We will be judged. Some of us remember on a cellular level that we will be persecuted, tortured, killed.
The beauty of this kind of vulnerability is that when we can express our light, it magnifies it. We align with our highest selves and we give permission for others to do the same. Double gorgeous right?
Pay attention... is it easier to complain or to brag?
What kind of vulnerability are you willing to dive into, have more of? Both are equally valid in the path of growth.
What seems scarier to you? Start there.
Start with a little brag, a little reveal. Take steps to your TRUTH each and every day.
Do you remember what you wanted to be as a kid? I do.
For me, rock shops were heaven. I remember being a little girl, repeatedly walking down a desert road holding my grandfather's hand to visit a little local shop that was tiny, dirty, dark. It smelled like fresh dirt and rays of sunlight caught the shimmery dust kicked up by our feet carefully avoiding the piles scattered in some semblance of order on the floor. Every space was filled to the ceiling with boxes, not the pretty shelving of refined staging but cardboard boxes in varying states of newness. My Grandmother had a ring made for her there with a beautiful piece of Citrine with a solid clean gold setting. I still remember how it looked in the single bulb spotlight when we went to pick it up.
I wanted that shop. I wanted to create jewelry surrounded by the raw earthy tactile rocks and crystals all around me, to make beauty from something once buried within earth's bosom.
And I remember my grandmother's book shelves. Rows and rows of books not just standing up neatly but shoved in on top and in front of each other. Every little piece of available space filled with well read books, spines permanently creased and pages dogeared and yellowing from exposure to the elements, a faint smell of smoke that to this day I can still detect on a few of the books I inherited. Piles of books that appeared more like a jenga set that was one piece away from toppling sat in front of the floor to ceiling shelves so access to the books on the wall became a feat in dexterity and creativeness. There were murder mysteries and books written by Tibetan monks, books about crystals and healing and mediums and a full set of encyclopedias. There were books on whatever my Grandma was curious about. It was my library. And from there I would take a book back to my typewriter and I would type very seriously as I read, as if I were the author and editor and publisher and the pages held little pieces of my soul.
I wanted not just to read those books, because I think I read most of them over the years, but to be the one responsible for bringing them into the world, to have the words cascade through me and around me and live life wrapped in the expression found on those pages, to change someone else's life the way those alternate worlds changed mine, providing me with solace & inspiration.
Take yourself back... do you remember what it really felt like when you would imagine what you wanted to be?
I'm a coach. It's a made-up profession with made up rules and made up programs and structures and ALL of it came directly from nothing into substance because I dreamed it up.
I do profound work in the world. Seriously.
And I make it all up... every moment I just show up and see what happens.
No map to follow.
Seth Godin talks about "Freedom is our problem and freedom is our opportunity." That we leap into this world of Freedom and suddenly we believe we can't really handle it... so we start looking for a MAP.
"Congratulations, here's permission to be an Entrepreneur. Here are the employee guidelines and your job description". And then we hold on to those guidelines like they are the WAY to success.
BUT THERE IS NO RULEBOOK.
We get to create our own structure and our own pathways. It isn't with others' rhetoric but our GUTS KNOW... if you're busy being busy, if you're sitting there wondering what step to take first, if your inbox is filled with emails from people who obviously have the key to YOUR success... then you might be missing the point of being self employed.
However, if you are SURE there's a path outside of the one you're being told to take, let's talk. I'm currently filling 2 intense coaching programs... one for men and one for women, because I'm so SICK of people striving when it doesn't have to be painful.
Because if you have that feeling that all the "shoulds" of how to create a business simply don't apply to you then you're one of the rare ones that get what FREEDOM really means and the responsibility of all it implies.
Success is possible, I promise.
Find YOUR path and YOUR system.
SHOW UP AT 100%
Did you just feel tired? Like showing up 100% all of the time would be exhausting? Perhaps 75% feels more realistic. Perhaps showing up sometimes at 100% and other times at 30% feels better, to show up in waves.
Perhaps 100% means being all pretty and shiny all the time, perhaps having your laser vision turned on high all day, getting more done than humanly possible, going, going, going....
Here's the thing - what if showing up 100% wasn't about an intensity or a super-human ability? What if showing up 100% meant to BE YOU and what you're present to fully in every moment? If you're sad, allowing yourself to BE SAD, to let the tears wash over and through you instead of pretending you're happy-happy-joy-joy? If you're happy or proud or serving or reading... can you be 100% into it?
No judgement or stories.
No holding back because of whatever.
No secret business strategies running in the background.
No searching for the magic easy button.
No striving to be something other than you.
No chatter in the backdrop.
Just you and your own 100%.
Full presence in whatever you're experiencing.
That's the NEW 100%... experiment with being 100% IN IT today - see if anything shifts.