Is it just me, or has the world gotten more confusing? Think about the business you are in. Do you rely on the internet to market your services or are you still connected mostly to the off line world of networking? You might be working for a company, where you receive all that you need from your boss, or on commission as a consultant. In all cases, we are in the height of the information age and have to manage the pressure, for good or ill.
If you work for yourself or have even begun the process of growing a business you love, the feeling of CONFUSION could be looming!
I know it is for me.
Healers, Coaches and Holistic Practitioners are living in a noisier on-line world these days. I remember when the internet didn't have so much information, nor did my own inbox! I remember when my website was the main marketing tool I used for people to know that I was available and open for business. No longer.
This topic is so important to me that I just wrote a book to talk about it! (Coming out on Amazon soon..."Step Up and SHINE; Power and Presence in Action").
But I had so many questions about how to go about sharing what I think is very good advice, that I have fallen into the pit of extreme over-choice, so I made this the topic of my newsletter because I wonder if it is the same for you.
The good news is that I can take my own advice (from my book) and take some time of reflection about the process of developing business and how we can really step up, step out and be seen more.
In my latest foray into publishing I have noticed that my energy has been going through a bit of a roller-coaster ride. I am inundated with useful and not so useful information. But it is not just info, it is the bazillion places and businesses out there ready to offer me business ideas or products ostensibly to put the necessary pieces in place for publishing, and I find myself a little over-wrought.
So what to do about the confusion and overwhelm that starts to sneak in? My book says to "start where you are". That's right, chapter one is to pause momentarily and begin here. Just get a little more simple and even take a step back in the process to notice and reflect. Change cannot happen at all without awareness, so the first order of business is to notice, remember what your priorities are, breathe, and remember that you are in control of the timing.
This is what we start with in an Alexander Technique lesson as well. Not too surprising, since AT organizes the body/mind for success in life. Perhaps it is simply success in the activity of going from sitting to standing, but the awareness is the gift that keeps us present in the body. Then the next step appears naturally. In taking care of ourselves there is a body/mind aspect of being present with oneself that leads to doing the activity with less strain. What is more, it leads, then to the ability to do the task more simply, and with less difficulty.
So how can we take those simple ideas and put them into the context of planning a book launch, or deciding to look for a new and better job? I believe that our life gets better, more congruent, and more fun by living into the questions that come from the present itself, and then seeing what might be the next best step to complete the task at hand.
Now we are not always in the business of looking for work, but for the healer, coach and holistic practitioner there is an ongoing need to market and "sell" our healing modality. So yes, we can use this sound advice to grow our business success.
Here are a few ideas for organizing your mind so that the essential things get done, but in a way that feels good and makes you feel like you are really diving in to your task, all the while taking "you" with you...
1) Pause momentarily and notice yourself. Body and emotions. Are you ahead of yourself? Are you sluggish? Just notice what is happening.
2) Decide to do nothing for the moment.
3) Direct your energy. Can you ease up on yourself a bit more? Can you free your neck to let your head go forward and up?( These are Alexander directions that start to help you free unnecessary tension and help you breathe more fully).
4) What can you simplify right now from your list of the many things that are on your plate? Are they all necessary, and is there something that can go on a lower priority list? Can it maybe be done tomorrow or next week instead?
5) Now notice if your mind has gotten a little more calm for the moment. Here is a good time to actually write a list of your priorities for the day. One of them could be "do yoga", "take a walk at lunchtime".
6) Then re-decide what is the one thing that really needs to get done today. And go ahead and do that thing, but keep in mind that you want to stay free in your body and calm in your mind while doing it. The body and the mind are a unity, a precious, integrated whole that takes care of all of the tasks in the perfect right timing, as long as we don't get ahead of ourselves. Staying present has its usefulness!