There are radically different energies, or ways of being, in life. As an entrepreneur I've always been influenced by the startup world (and in reality, this is the general vibe of our culture too) of 'make it happen,' and 'power through.' That's how I began building my business. It got me so very far in life, and it has been the only way I know to get things done. It's an approach that has merits and it produces results.
AND ... I'm starting to comprehend that there's another way. I recently got back from two weeks in Hawaii (a most incredible place) and in these weeks following, I've been allowing room for that vacation mode to stick around. I put a halt to the stacked agenda of back to back items (keeping me busy so I feel 'productive') and I'm giving myself space. I've been allowing myself to feel more fluid, intuitive, and attuned to my place in everything around me. I'm noticing, paying attention to more subtleties, generating my own thoughts more clearly, and receiving ideas of others with more room to process them.
I'm not going to lie my very own rational mind does not understand what I'm doing, how it's going to 'make things happen,' or when I'm going to 'fit it all in.' And it's because this mode of operating does not fit into a linear, traditional, analytical approach to living - or growing a business. I'm wrestling every day with 'am I doing the right thing?' This mode goes against everything I've been taught about how to grow a successful business.
And maybe that's okay.
Because - - what's crazy is that I've been seeing results. And these results are far more unbelievable and energizing than anything I could have 'pushed out' of me. They are the dream opportunities that I thought I'd have to work 10 more years to get - like having corporate clients find me and hire me to lead my workshops in new cities, or an inspiring friend asking me to collaborate on a retreat in Costa Rica this winter. That wasn't on my '6 month plan' but it is certainly on my bucket list. So why not go straight to the bucket list??
I truly believe these opportunities are emerging because I've suddenly given them room to be there. And as an outcome I'm being pulled into an amazing next phase of my business rather than pushing out a mediocre, incremental next step. It feels wondrous and often unbelievable to even to me living it.
So I leave you today with this question for yourself - is there anything in your life that you are forcing right now?
Is there a way you can step back for a moment and give yourself space to feel your way back to your intuition ... to allow something to emerge, rather than feel like you have to push it out right now?
This is not easy - trust me, I know.
Still, perhaps it's worth giving a new approach a try? Even in a single tiny step, it can open your eyes to a different possibility.
Founder of Mind Into Matter and lover of coffee, color, and passport stamps.