There’s a saying that I’ve often heard in entrepreneurial circles that goes something like this: “Your business is the best personal development course you’ll ever take.” I am reminded of this truth every single day.
Our business is simply a container for our own rich spirits, talents, gifts and energy. As such, they can only get as big as we are, no more and no less. If you want to grow your business, all the marketing systems, secrets and strategies in the world won’t help you unless you first grow yourself.
Here are some areas of growth that you’ll want to pay attention to…
1. Your thoughts. Your thoughts determine your reality. What are the thoughts that habitually run through your mind? Are you even aware of them?
Recently, one of my high-level coaches gave me this assignment: to stop periodically throughout the day and ask myself, “What am I really thinking about? Really? In this moment? Right now?” I think this might be the best coach’s request anyone has ever given me. Now I’m giving it to you. Take notes for a couple of days. Notice the patterns. I promise this exercise will lead to a breakthrough.
2. Your habits. Thoughts become actions, which often crystallize into the form of habit. Do your habits serve you?
Creating habits that work can be very challenging – straight up, I’m not very good at it. (Or rather I should say that I’m still working on it, and probably will be for a while!) Your future, however, will be determined by the choices you make in every moment, most of which happen on autopilot thanks to habit. Your future is well worth the time and attention of creating strong habits.
3. Your money. If your business is the best personal development course you’ll ever take, your money might just be second-best! Your money situation is simply a reflection of what’s going on inside of you. The things that keep a struggling entrepreneur stuck are the exact same things that keep a multi-millionaire stuck. “Stuck is stuck!” as one of my mentors likes to say. Everyone bumps up against “their stuff” at some point. The successful learn how to break through those stuck points and keep going.
4. Your ability to make decisions. What’s the one difference between boldly moving forward in your business and staying frustrated, struggling and spinning your wheels? Decisions. How good are you at making decisions? Do you make decisions quickly – sometimes without knowing everything first? Or do you stay stuck in fear of making the wrong decision? A strong decision-making muscle will create miracles in your business. A refusal to make decisions, whether conscious or not, will sink your business.
(I discovered a great quote from Louise Hay by way of one of my Platinum clients. “If you make the wrong decision, what’s the big deal? Just make another decision.” I love this! Is it any wonder that she runs one of the biggest mind-body-spirit empires in the world?)
Almost 2 years ago, my husband had a health scare that required an emergency trip to the hospital. (It happened on a night of a networking event that I could have skipped, by the by.) While sitting in the room with him, scared out of my wits, I made a decision: I am figuring out how to make this business thing work, no matter what.
My income in 2009 is already nearly 7 times what I made that year. The biggest shift in me has been on the inside, not the outside. Growing in these 4 areas can be painful (talk about stepping outside of the comfort zone!), but it’s a very small price to pay for the joy, freedom and abundance on the other side.
I invite you to pick one of those areas above and decide which new, empowering choice you’d like to make. As always, bright blessings & massive success to you…!