I have a dream.
A dream that you can have work that nourishes your soul. Work that allows you to use your Super Powers. Work that affords you the freedom, time, space, and finances to do the things you love in life. Work that sustains your soul.
Some people call it work, others a vocation, still others a calling. Some think of it as a job. I think of the work you do as a natural extension of yourself, something that inspires you to bring your best self forward and share that with others so they can do the same. You have the power to make a difference in people’s lives, to help them solve problems and experience joy.
How you express your work in the world is up to you.
Chances are that if you’re reading this, you already know what your work is; in fact, you’ve turned it into a business.
Working for yourself is not for whimps. It’s a great ideal, yet the practical day-to-day of it can be a damn lotta work sometimes. Cash flow comes and goes. Clients love you then disappear. Your schedule’s full, then you’re searching for something to do. It’s all part of the ebb and flow, and it can be challenging.
What gets you through on the harder days? What amps up your good days and makes them even more amazing? It’s your why. You’ve got to have a why. It’s what gives everything meaning and makes it all worthwhile.
You have your reasons for starting your business; what were they? Do you think of these reasons often, and use them to motivate you to do what needs to be done, to do the things that feel too big or hard or scary? As extra fuel when launching your offerings into the world? That’s your growth edge; that’s why you’re here.
Here’s some yoga for your mind: you don’t own your business.
It’s an entirely separate entity; you don’t own it, it doesn’t own you. It has its own wants, needs, and desires, just as you do. If you take the time to get to know who your business is and develop your partnership, amazing things can happen that you can even imagine right now.
This idea is freeing. You don’t have to do things alone, or even know what steps to take next; you can ask your business, share your wisdom, and figure it out from there. It’s a much easier way to live.
Your business will coach you, if you let it.
It has valuable lessons, insights, inspirations, and a whole lot of calling you forth, asking you to enter into a dare-to-be-great relationship. If you’re open to it and heed the call, you’ll be transformed, a better human than when you started, and those you love and serve will benefit. That makes every minute of what it takes worth it.
I’ve seen the promise. It’s right here, in front of you, right where you dared to hope it might be. Your job is to step into it and give yourself permission to live it, because that’s the only thing left to do.