Whew. My mind has been working in overdrive lately. I kind of love it when that happens.
For the first time in a while, I'm embracing this moment with some soothing music, my tea, and a blank screen. Lately I feel like I've been so caught up in the business part of my business that I haven't been growing and processing mentally, which is actually one of my favorite things to do.
When I wrote the blog post about Steven Pressfield's quote, I came across another quote that I truly loved. But first, here's the quote I was originally writing about:
Succinct. To the point. SHOW UP.
And here's the quote that popped up when I was looking for the first one:
I've never thought of asking for what you want as something that would take courage, but it's true. I don't know if it's the fact that if you put it out into the world, you risk rejection or someone telling you you're not good enough to achieve it or that it's just frightening to think of how big your dreams really are.
Vocalizing, writing down, or otherwise intentionally acknowledging what I want out of life and business is not something I've ever been very good at. In fact, I would say that in my previous life I was somewhat scared of success; I was terrible about asking for money and getting paid what I was worth. And on a personal note, I was scared of standing up for myself and then ended up in situations I shouldn't have been in because I couldn't say "no."
I'm trying to get better about it. I do think there's so much power in putting out into the universe what you want. It's like it makes it more tangible somehow. I also think that the more you're vocal about it, the more people you will find who will help you on your journey to success, both personally and professionally.
Soulful Strategic Planning
I have this amazing client who has created the tool that I've desperately needed. And it was really funny because at one point she called me and asked, "Should I do this?" And at the time I just told her, "Sure. Why not?"
A week later I watched her give a presentation on what she calls Soulful Strategic Planning - a process designed to help business owners (and more specifically, financial advisors) create a vision for...well...life. But there were so many elements that resonated with me as a human being - not just as a business owner - that, should I have the courage to acknowledge and ask for, will allow me to create the life I want.
Because the Soulful Strategic Planning process walks you through everything from work to relationships to spiritual growth, I had the areas I had been missing sitting right in front of me in black and white.
Not only that, but I realized that there were things that I wanted - powerful things - that I didn't even know I wanted until I wrote them down.