Faith in ourselves as entrepreneurs and business-owners is vital. In fact, if you’re visual like me, I see a shot of wheat grass, espresso, cup of joe or cup of fresh-squeezed OJ going in…
We must drink it in (faith in ourselves, our power) every single day.
Particularly, every single morning because tuning into this faith is the life juice to getting what we want. It’s the life juice in growing our businesses… (and by the way, if you’re wondering if you can grow the business/brand to what you want…yes, yes you can!).
If this faith doesn’t exist first thing, the glass will continue to seem half empty all day long (that’s a long day). What you think about not only grows but attracts more of the same.
What you think about not only grows but attracts more of the same.
The way we get there:
First, recognize what you’re currently waking up thinking..”What am I thinking about right now?” It’s the seed that grows.
Second, if you don’t like the answer, ask yourself, how do I shift this? And ~ stay long enough to hear the answer…
Take action immediately.
What are you waking up drinking in? (tip #11 in this video series shares a similar topic: http://bit.ly/GMKL2y)
What would you like to feed and grow in you versus what’s been your drink of choice lately?
Now, let’s hit repeat on that question and awareness each morning; drink it in. Get your groove on.
This article is 150% inspired by my clients as of late…their haute fearlessness. And this is not just in branding or marketing themselves or their businesses but in living their happiest lives truly doing what they love.
What would that woman do? (as in the YOU one year, two years and five years down the line)
When you think of the woman you want to become, what does she say to herself?
We are what we think about most of the time…
Would she focus on her accomplishments or her course corrections? Her trip-ups or the two steps forward she made after that door closed?
Celebrating our accomplishments, no matter how small, helps create more of what we want. Focusing, excessively, on what’s left to do or the opportunity “missed” creates more of what we don‘t want. It’s just the way it works and it’s not just yogis, the motivational speakers, the life coaches, the business coaches or inherently happy who say it…
When we celebrate and acknowledge all we’ve done and where we are now as a result, we allow for the making of additional space emotionally that allows for more of the same goodness to come in. And when we hit repeat and do this as a constant practice is when we truly give ourselves permission to not only receive success in our business but to live our best life.
We get what we focus on most of the time.
Let’s get real; you have gotten so far and there have been so many successes.
Focus on those things.
• Focus on having done the deed. On moving past the fear.
• Celebrate immediately having done it. No matter the outcome.
• Write down the top three things you learned from the experience (whether the full outcome you wanted presented itself or not). Leave that card or post-it in plain sight for at least one week afterwards. It will lessen the propensity to focus on the “not getting it.”
There are many things that elicit this response from me.
One of those is…dis-connecting. It’s part of what I call Business Yoga™ and though sometimes it’s difficult to maneuver, there’s always room; doorway to walk through…
In fact, it’s a must.
We must make it a must to take time away from our most beloved projects and be in love with time for ourselves.
Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur, full-time parent, deep into writing a book, a Mogul Mom or a few of these all rolled into one, searching out those times where we’re saying “Aha, Life” (Ah, life works just as well) is not only what makes life joyful (memorable) but what gives us fuel to drive the extra mile for our clients, families and partners.
I’m a firm believer in the link between how well our internal operating system is doing and the success not only of our life but of our business as well.
What makes you say “aha, life”? What helps you re-fuel? What stretches your happiness so that then you can come back even more expansive to the business?
The growth of your business, clients and your parasympathetic nervous system thank you.
Many times when a door closes, as entrepreneurs and business-owners, we allow ego to swoop in…wreak a little havoc. I’m not necessarily saying we’re a mess but we are human and when you add to that being so invested in what we do it’s maybe no surprise.
Though this is true for all of us to varying degrees, being what I call a business yogi, I do my best to allow thoughts that don’t serve me to walk on by…(are you smiling?)
Being the witness versus a player inside the drama that happens is extremely powerful.
And, really, this is something we all do as humans, not just as entrepreneurs. We allow false thoughts to take center stage.
We allow thoughts to become these things that are then more and more difficult to erase. You and I have control of our thoughts.
Recently, an event I was supposed to attend in Amsterdam for International Women’s Day was cancelled. I was so looking forward to going…to meeting interesting women, celebrating the important day in a city I love (I lived in Amsterdam 2002 – 2006) AND also be able to speak on one of the topics I’m passionate about: happiness and how to get it from your business.
I think the excitement was just compounded by planning the move back to Amsterdam this Summer (I’ll likely go June to August). I expected momentum from this trip that was cancelled, plus it’s always a great experience to be in Europe.
After my few human minutes of feeling the effects of the un-expected detour, I saw an opportunity to create anew. I love my business yoga™.
What to I create now that I wasn’t going? It was too short a time to turnaround an event or even a telesummit…
I ended up creating a spontaneous program that will not only allow me to continue supporting more women in their quest for brand clarity which adds to our power and happiness as women but I’ll also be helping an organization called Women for Women International that supports female war survivors: (www.michelleghilotti.com/clarity-is-queen). Win-win-win. Support. What thhe holiday is all about.
The opportunity I created, though it looked different than an event in Amsterdam would look like, the intention was the same and that’s the most important part. In the end, I am supporting the growth and happiness of women and that’s a great day.
And essentially that’s what it’s about. When twists, turns, our “mistakes” or detours happen, we have it in our control to decide to continue chasing what it is that we truly want vs allowing to be taken back two, three steps or even two to three months in our growth.
“When a negative thought arises, I chase it out with a positive one”. Try that. Use that as your mantra.
Another thing I practice during times of change is asking ‘what I want to feel right now’ (as opposed to what I initially feel after the detour/the incident). My answers to that question typically range from ‘happiness’, ‘peace’, ‘support’, ‘stillness’, ‘joy’…
Once I know what I want to feel vs what I currently feel, I go after that feeling, as if my quality of life depended on it (it does). I create, I do, I call, I get support, I dis-connect…whatever will get me the desired effect in life and business.
And the thing about entrepreneurship (especially entrepreneurship), when so much of us is on the line, is realizing we have great possibility catching ourselves immediately and DO something different in that moment.
As I mentioned in my last blog post and newsletter, give yourself permission to be happy, even when a door has closed.
Practice the doing of this, immediately.
…continue growing that muscle memory so that it ~ finding our happiness ~ becomes our ability.