My Word-of-the-Year for 2014 was “Within.”
I’m a lifetime learner. That means I take in and filter vast amounts of information and wisdom from people, perspectives and experiences – plus expand myself, my soul and my business using many levels of support and expertise.
AND, at the beginning of last year, I knew it was time to tap into the depth of my own wisdom, especially as UPLEVEL YOU continued to grow and impact the businesses, wealth and lives of so many people.
So, here are the top 5 lessons that “WITHIN” taught me throughout the year…
Lesson #1: Occupy Yourself. (This is non-negotiable.)
The more successful I get, the harder this lesson becomes — and the more imperative that I live it fully.
You simply can’t lead a business effectively and be only partially in your body — or worse, perpetually ruminating in your head.
I mean, think about how easily (or not) you can be pushed away from yourself. An opinion, a “should,” a self-righteous accusatory email, a “more important” person criticizing your process… how quickly does your soul jump ship?
I, for one, can bolt in an instant. In those times, no one is occupying the space of my body. When I finally do get present, I require myself to stop and “clean myself up.”
I teach a process to my Uplevel Academy™ clients called Clean Selling™, which helps you clean up any of your ego “gunk” when you are about to engage in any kind of sales conversation. I also use a process called Clean Coaching, too. Same basic idea.
I’m beginning to see that business owners need do this same kind of work and occupy our bodies on a daily basis.
Lesson #2: Your Commitment is Step One. Everything else follows.
I released a new program in 2014.
It was called Becoming 360. Becoming 360 teaches entrepreneurs how to master the alchemy of business and soul. It was our most successful product launch to date.
I was scared to even release the idea of the program. I hmm’d and hawed when I shared the ideas with my team. I toyed with how best to lay it out. I hardly told anyone about this program idea.
Until I COMMITTED to a release date.
Your commitment begins everything. Our suffering comes when we don’t decide, when we toy with ideas, when we half-ass what we supposedly “want” to do.
But set a deadline, take an action, make a promise? Then you get courage (and everything else you had been previously waiting for). Action teaches confidence. I learn something about this EVERY year… but in 2014 it was particularly big because – up until this year – I’ve always taught the “soul” side of business only to my upper level clients. In 2014, I blasted the doors open on this all-too-important work – and it all started with committing to it and moving forward.
Lesson #3: The Meaning You Give to a Circumstance is the Only One that Matters
Don’t let the name “entrepreneur” fool you into believing that it’s all just left-brain strategic business owner identity. Many business owners I know have teams that include energy healers, tarologists, numerologists, astrologists and happiness coaches.
All well and good. But my warning is always this:
Allow no expert to tell you what your circumstances mean. Not even the most enlightened shaman, blessed by the Dalai Lama himself. In other words, use your coaches and guides to make YOU more powerful, not to give you a daily temperature reading on the state of your soul. Only you can determine that.
Because of the work I do, I’ve had psychics and healers in my audiences, some of whom who have gone out of their way to tell me the various things that ail my chakras or loom on the horizon for me… or even the state of my soul’s path.
“Within” has taught me that I’m the alchemist here. I’m the power point. I’m the one who chooses the meaning of the circumstances in my business, body or life. I use coaches and experts for perspective and solutions. Not for translations.
Lesson #4: When You Do Choose a Meaning, Make it Future-Based
The best way to translate any circumstance is to ask, “How is this expanding me?”
In other words: What have I intended to unfold in my future? How is this circumstance helping me become more aligned with that intention?
Many times, the worst stuff that happens is a direct result of the fact that you set the intention for it to happen. (You were just hoping it wouldn’t be this uncomfortable!)
Lesson #5: Creating and Claiming a Clear Vision is Surprisingly Difficult
I used to be a professional songwriter. Now I run a company. I lead a team of 8 (soon to be 9) people. Those people need a vision to lead them. Not just me saying, “Man, I don’t know. We’ll figure it out when we get there.” (Yes, I’m fairly good at doing exactly that.)
To create a clear vision is to choose. To choose is the ultimate abundance mindset. “I choose this, not that.” Leaving “that” behind is uncomfortable. It’s choosing to forgo the other exciting possible options in favor of trusting your wisdom, intuition and decision.
Scarcity mindset says, “OMG! You can’t just eliminate these other possibilities! Leave options open for pete’s sake!”
Yes, you need to be flexible. But a business runs better when there is a clear vision – and a core set of real values to guide the way. This year, I created that vision and those values and used them to lead my team each and every day. I did not perfect this process by any stretch of the imagination. But it expanded me, and for that I’m grateful.
Care to share with me one of your Word of the Year lessons from 2014? Leave it in the comments. I’d love to hear how you expanded!