Have you noticed that many individuals seem to have a great business but they are not fulfilled at a deeper level? The problem is that they think business is just business and don’t consider how it could be their art. This lack of energy is carried over to your team, your work, and your customers.
Inspired by Brene Brown’s book, Daring Greatly, it makes you think if whatever you’re doing is truly worth your life’s energy or not. Ask yourself “What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?” This forces you to consider putting in your full heart and soul to what you do regardless of the outcome.
When you’re fully utilizing everything you were designed to do, there’s a complete sense of divine inspiration, and time stands still. The more you can truly “know yourself,” you get a little more insight into where you show up in your best way. When you can find the ideal merging of what you were “designed” to do, who you want to truly help, and the positive marketplace profit potential –you’ve won!
“Every block of stone has a statue inside it, and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”
I’ve learned that when you are on purpose and in alignment with your head, heart, and higher purpose, you are the best you can be.
One of the best practices to honor myself has been meditating. I try to meditate 15-20 minutes per day in the morning. The effects have been profound for me. I feel more grounded. These moments of stillness also help me gain clarity on what’s important and what’s not.
Related: A Powerful Gratitude Meditation
Another great practice is Journaling. No matter where you are in your business or personal life, journaling is a great practice to see how our outside world becomes a mirror for what’s going on inside of you. There is proven scientific evidence on how journaling can make you happier.
Simply taking 10-15 minutes each day to journal will significantly impact your well-being. Journaling about an issue or thought has been proven to provide an increase in self-esteem and happiness.
Writing down (with paper and ink) what you’re feeling connects your heart and mind together.
Related: Open Your Heart to Your Blessings
Also, spend 5-15 minutes taking note of what’s going well. Write down everything you are grateful for. This has also been proven to make us feel better. Focusing on what we’re grateful for slows us down to appreciate it. And being grateful connects you to the source of your abundance, creating even more abundance.
Focus on the good things around you. Ask yourself “What’s going well right now?” or “What am I making positive progress on?” Write this in your journal. It’s important to focus and reflect on where you’ve been and how much progress you’ve made. This focus always builds up confidence, momentum, and positive energy.
You can also use your journal for working through ideas on paper or even describing your perfect day. Use questions as idea starters to get you writing. The more powerful questions you ask, the better the answers are in life and business. Here are a few questions to get you going as you engage in this process:
- 10 years from now, would I be happy with what I’m still doing?
- Who else has more to gain than I do from this succeeding?
- What is the essence of what I want?
- What would XXXXX (a mentor you look up to who can be alive or dead) do in this situation?
- What would I do even if I knew it would fail?
- What would my 111-year-old self tell me?
Have you heard of the technique that is being used to activate the neural pathways to unlock the right-hand side of your brain, the place responsible for creativity, intuition, wholeness, dreams, and problem solving? This technique is described by Bill Donius, author of Thought Revolution. It’s a technique where you ask yourself a question and write the answer with your alternative hand. Most of us are right-handed, so you will use your non-dominate hand to activate the thinking and writing process. You can start with a simple question like “If I were an animal, what animal would I be?” Answer with your dominant hand first and then, using this methodology, you’ll have to suspend disbelief to allow an answer to flow from your right brain to your non-dominant hand.
Bill Donius says the animal we choose with our dominant hand typically represents an aspirational choice, while the animal we choose with our non-dominant hand represents a truer version of ourselves.
FIND YOUR “WHY”
Finding your WHY is the core nucleus and driver for what you do in life. I’ve learned that no one succeeds if they are only looking at what they’re going to get.
This should be one of our core values: Zig Ziglar, a famous motivational speaker, used: “You can get anything you want if you help enough people get what they want.”
Another way to look at this is: “What actually is best for the whole is best for you.”
The business’s mission should be what you want to accomplish in your life…If you feel you’re truly on a mission in your heart and your spirit, you can tap into something that’s much greater than just building a successful business for monetary reasons.”
A secret weapon for success is sharing the hows, the whys, the good, the bad, and the ugly with others. You have to explain and share it in a way customers can connect with and then spread the message potentially.