Finding Value in What You Offer

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On Monday, I led a Business and Career call for Good Vibe University on the topic of Making Money Doing What You Love (Become a GVU member so you can have access to the recording.).

One of the questions on the call was, “How do we find value in the work we do?”

Since their work comes so easily to them, many creatives struggle to find the value in their art, music, dance, etc. They fail to see how much non-creatives value their fresh perspectives. Creatives open minds as well as hearts, inspiring and uplifting others.

Likewise, healers struggle to articulate the value of their offerings. Healers help those who cannot help themselves, often teaching new ideas about well-being along the way.

Just because what you do feels ‘easy’ for you doesn’t mean it has no value. In fact, the ease you feel is more likely an indication of your calling, and therefore, an even greater value to others.

If we’re unaware of our own value, it’s time to cultivate it…

    • Focus on past successes – One of the ways I was able to find value was to remember all the successes I had experienced in the past, from school, college, and all the jobs I held prior to starting my business. The last job I had before I started my design business was very similar, so I was able to find many examples. Make a list of the ways you’ve been of value to others, whether as an employee, self-employed, or as a volunteer.
    • Track appreciation – If you haven’t already started a warm-fuzzy file of positive remarks from bosses, co-workers, or clients, this is a good time to start one. You could also add it to your daily work journal. Find a way to start tracking the positive comments and responses all around you. What you focus on will expand, including the positive comments from others. In the process, you’ll begin to see your own value.
    • Go within and FEEL it – Whether you’re just starting out or have been in business for decades, one thing all of us can do is…get quiet, go within, connect with Source, and FEEL our intrinsic value. All of us have a unique gift that only we can offer the world, which means we ALL have value, if we’re willing to see and feel it. For some it’s how they interact with people or objects, while others are exceptionally good at communicating, or creating something new from scratch. By going within and dwelling on what makes us unique, we prime ourselves to become more aware of and capable of expressing our value.
    • Affirm it every day – You’ve heard me say that EVERYTHING we think, speak, and write is an affirmation. We are either affirming what we want, or the opposite. (HINT: If you don’t want what you are thinking, speaking, or writing to be true, then it’s a clue that you’re creating what you don’t want.) Create your own unique and powerful affirmations. Affirm your value, affirm your skills, affirm your uniqueness, affirm your capabilities, affirm what you like about yourself. The more you affirm about yourself, the more your subconscious is impressed with the message and begins finding ways to mirror the affirmations back to you.

Affirmations work really well for right-brain dominant creatives. However, left-brain dominant analytical thinkers often struggle with affirmations. For the latter group, I recommend Afformations – affirmative questions, such as: “Why do my clients find me/my services so valuable?” “Why am I so unique and capable?” Why am I so skilled and appreciated?”

    • Keep your ‘Value Pipeline’ filled – The Universe is a BIG YES MACHINE, mirroring back whatever we believe about ourselves. Any of the tools mentioned above can help you get in touch with your own value. When you look for proof of past successes, track your existing successes, cultivate the feeling of value within, and affirm it (and/or afform it) regularly, your value will be mirrored back to you.

Once your pipeline is primed, and you are feeling your value, a lot of people stop…they get sidetracked…their connection to their value dips, and they have to start all over again. Prime your Value Pipeline and keep adding successes, meditating on your intrinsic value, and affirming. When contrast comes along, you’ll find the primed pipeline helps support you emotionally, and makes you mentally stronger.

Are there other ways that you have been able to feel the value in the work you do? Share them with us below in the comments…

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Cultivating the Business Love Factor

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Earlier this week, cultivating love for our business was the topic of a panel call in which I was a participant. Not surprisingly, most entrepreneurs are taught to think of their business according the ‘numbers’: ROI, the number of paying clients, the profit after expenses, growing products and services, increasing the client roster or customer list—the metrics they believe point to whether their business is a “success”.

However, when you understand energy dynamics, metrics are only the reflection of what’s happening with those who started and run the business. It’s reflecting their *past thoughts and actions*.

Before any metrics are generated, the business begins responding to the person(s) starting and running the business. Our energy has a direct impact on the world around us, including our perceptions of our business.

Cultivating the Business Love Factor

While some entrepreneurs start out as employees in larger companies, those who finally have a chance to start their own business tend to gravitate toward:

• Business concepts that excite them, from the offerings to the business model

Ideas that energize them throughout the day, and keep the going so they feel fully engaged

• A sense of doing well by doing good: fulfillment and meaning

It’s easy to see why a business that exemplifies the above criteria would have a positive energy from within that helps it expand. They cultivate their business love on a constant basis throughout the day: in their words, thoughts, self-talk, attitudes, and writing. All before they ever take action in their business.

As a result, when they finally take action they result in great successes that reflect the business love energy they invested up front.

Those who have cultivated the business love factor have done a number of things to set themselves up for success, from the choice of what they offer to who they serve. Their choices from the beginning have lined them up to love every aspect of their business, and their business loves them back!

Not feeling it?

If you’re reading this post and realizing you don’t have the business love factor working for you, you have two choices: make some changes or close the business.

For some, closing an existing business might bring tremendous relief. If that’s you, then do what feels best.

For others, some re-evaluation is in order.

If you are in the latter group, one of the first questions you’ll want to ask is: Am I willing to experience my business differently? A Course in Miracles invites us to say, “I am willing to see this (situation) differently. Take my thoughts and judge them for me, returning to me (better feeling thoughts).” Once you’ve done this, get some much-needed rest to clear out your anxiety.

When you are rested and have some quiet time, write out your ideal business scenarios: What are your days like? What products or services do you offer? Who do you serve? How do feel at the end of your days? What are your business interactions like? Who else is working with you? How do you feel when you are not working? Keep writing as long as it feels energizing and uplifting. (Those feelings are an indicator that your business is capable of moving in those directions.)

Once you’ve written this out, compare it to your current typical day.

Resist the temptation to keep things the ‘same’ for the sake of comfort if they really are not suiting your business. This business is yours, and you have the freedom to change course or course correct.

From there, you can begin mapping out ways you can shift your business offerings and/or clientele/customers to better fit your ideal.

Then, find ways to love and appreciate what has been working all along as well as the changes that you’ve successfully made. Journal about it, think about it, express it frequently to yourself and others. Shift the story about your business so it sounds a lot more like your ideal scenario.

Bottom line: Focus on ways you love your existing business, release or delegate the aspects you don’t love, and your business will love you back!

 

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Power Animals

Have you ever contemplated the power that animals bring to your life experience?

animalsAs I type this post, I am sitting next to an open window with the sounds of hundreds of birds chirping. No, I don’t live in the country but in a rather large suburb, an area known as Birdland. Groves of mature trees attract birds to nest…from hummingbirds in my backyard to ravens and even some hawks and wild parrots! I happen to live near a large intersection, yet, more often than not, the noise from the birds is so loud that you can’t even hear the nearby traffic.

I love the sound of birds chirping, even at night. It connects me to nature and soothes me.

Indoors, my kitties have a way of bringing me into the Vortex of love and appreciation simply by BEing—reminding me of the importance of rest, relaxation, connection and quiet time…and a little play time is good for everyone! When it comes to napping coaches, they are the best hands-on paws-on coaches!

Their presence is ever-felt, even though they are usually just quietly sleeping nearby or fascinated by a spider or bug in the corner. Unconditional love, openness to experiencing the moment just as it is, and willingness to be vulnerable with a human (many times their size) are ever-present lessons that pets gift their human companions.

The HeartMath Institute in Boulder Creek, CA has discovered that the relationship between humans and animals is mutually beneficial, and it can be profoundly beneficial for both humans and animals. In addition to the emotional benefits, research conducted at the institute found that a type of heart-rhythm entrainment, or synchronization, can occur in interactions between people and their pets. People also benefit from befriending farm animals…actually, I have heard that chickens are quite a lot of fun, as are pigs, goats, cows and horses! Farm animals have been used to rehabilitate wounded soldiers, psychiatric patients, and former convicts.

Not only do the humans enjoy it and benefit, but so do the animals! The heart-rhythm coherence improves the health and immune system for all parties involved. I’ve adopted cats who looked like they were not going to live long, and then noticed their health, coat, and disposition improve immensely as they were exposed to plenty of love and appreciation. (I’ve heard avid gardeners say the same is true of plants.)animals

It’s  also quite possible that repeated physical benefits of connection with animals could be entraining humans to feel good even when just *thinking* about animals and nature. We remember how good the last connection felt and look forward to experiencing that again.

Even when we have suffered the loss of a pet, we are able to fondly remember past experiences even as we cuddle and enjoy the company of a new pet. Pets teach us the profound lesson that real love never dies~it just transforms, like all energy. When we connect with our pets, the love we feel is so deep and meaningful that almost nothing else matters in that moment, and we are transported away from anything not matching that loving vibration.

Deliberate creators know that a beloved pet has the power to shift us almost instantly from a bad feeling place into a high-vibration. When we are in a high vibratory energy pattern, we become a closer match to our high-vibing desires and therefore closer to bringing them into our physical experience.  Most deliberate creators will quickly admit that their love for their pet(s) is their go-to vibe shifter that works every time!

Another thing cats teach Deliberate Creators: You are not a victim to what is happening around you. You always have the power of choice toward something that (or someone who) feels better. Never settle – if you have to, get up and MOVE to find good-feeling people and experiences.

So, the next time you hear birds chirping or connect with animals, remember the AMAZING power they provide us…day after day, freely and only with the hope that you will join in the love.

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Get Sucked Into the Vortex of Love and Appreciation

Since my last post was about expressing appreciation, I’ve decided to expand more on different ways we can express our appreciation. appreciation_vortex

Of course, there are many ways express appreciation, including reaching out to others in words, writing, and voice to let them know how you feel. Whatever feels good for you to do, will also feel good to the recipient. As much as it feels good when others recognize us for a job well done or appreciate us for being in their lives, it might even feel BETTER to let others know we feel that way about them! A win-win all the way around.

When we express appreciation, we add more power to the vortex of love energy that is the basis of our universe.

My son is a pretty vocal opponent of the Law of Attraction and many of the metaphysical teachings that others appreciate me sharing. Perhaps it’s typical that children will abhor that which their parents represent. I’d say he doth protest too much: My son will openly tell me he thinks it’s all hooey, yet he beams with delight when his teachers openly appreciated my blank affirmation cards. What’s more interesting, he’s often exhibiting the exact behaviors I recommend to my clients!

Here’s a perfect example: It’s not uncommon to hear my son walking around the house randomly rampaging his appreciation for his job and his employer. He really doesn’t care if anyone hears him. He froths himself up with sheer joy and appreciation on a regular basis. The more he talks about what a great opportunity it is for him, and how much he appreciates that opportunity, and what a fantastic, well-run company he works for, and how LUCKY and HONORED he feels to be part of the organization… the more he FEELS that appreciation within himself! Not only does he benefit, but anyone in earshot benefits from this contagious full-blown rampage of appreciation!

Just listening to him, I start to smile and whether I agree with him or not, it doesn’t matter because I’m feeling good noticing all that I appreciate in my world! Listening to anyone rampage their appreciation, it’s hard not to be joyfully sucked into the positive energetic vortex of love!

When a person’s energy shifts the energy of those around them, it’s termed “entrainment”. When you consciously choose to rampage verbally (or non-verbally) around others, those around you who are open to feeling better will pick up on your higher vibration and find themselves being entrained to your vortex of love and appreciation.

Don’t take my word for it…try it yourself! Make a choice each day to rampage your appreciation (out loud, if you dare, or internally), then notice the attitudes and behaviors of people around you.

Try it on your clients, vendors or colleagues. Once you start to see the shift, you may be inspired to begin rampaging around the more difficult people in your life.

Oh, and when you do, be sure to come back here and share you experiences!

Want to *REALLY* Help Haiti…or Anyone Else?

Today, I listened in on a guided meditation to help the victims of the Haiti earthquake, and the person leading the meditation starting out by asking everyone attending to close their eyes, relax…and visualize the horror, devastation, and death happening in Haiti. I’m not kidding. This person was trying to drag us all into pity, sadness, and feeling sorry for the people of Haiti, and I realized that was *my cue* to leave!
Instead, I sat in my office, quieted my mind, got into a heart-coherent state, and visualized Haiti fully recovered, totally rebuilt, healed and healthy, the sun shining and hearts full of love. I saw the streets clean and citizens feeling appreciation for the out-pouring of love after the earthquake, knowing that their country is doing much better than ever *because of the earthquake*.
Why did I visualize something good, positive and uplifting rather than something sorrowful, pitiful and depressing? Because I know that as I hold *anything* or *anyone* as the focus of my attention, I am at the same time sending that vibration to them. I know that when someone is in trouble, pain, or difficulty, it is far more beneficial to them to imagine them whole, healthy, and happy! This is why prayer is so powerful, and known to create miraculous healings.
Abraham explains it this way…
<blockquote><em>You cannot get sick enough to help sick people get better. You cannot get poor enough to help poor people thrive. It is only in your thriving that you have anything to offer anyone. If you’re wanting to be of an advantage to others, be as tapped in, turned in, turned on as you can possibly be.
~Abraham, excerpted from the San Diego, CA on Saturday, February 15th, 2003  workshop</em></blockquote>
In 2010, they would say something like, “Get in the Vortex before you hold anyone you care about as your focus of attention.” The Vortex is their term for a heart-coherent state, that state of appreciation and love you feel when you interact with pets and loved ones. The HeartMath Institute in Boulder Creek, CA has research proving that when we are in a heart-coherent state, we have a positive effect on those around us and to whom we are connected.
If giving money feels good and heart-coherent to you, then do it. The money they receive from people who hold them in high-regard with love and appreciation will create miracles for them. If you are not in a heart-coherent state about donating, please spare them your pity-money. Money imbued with hope, love, and appreciation will be so much more beneficial for their total recovery.
If you cannot get yourself to feel good for the people of Haiti, then that is your work. Do what you need to do to get to a positive, loving, healing place. Look back on your own life, your own struggles, and realize how often they were the catalyst for wonderful experiences that could not have happened otherwise. (See my post “Everything You Experience is…A Blessing”) Shift your own energy to a positive place in regard to Haiti, THEN, envision that for them now. And send your money to them from the place of hope, love and appreciation.
The same goes for helping anyone you know who is unhealthy, struggling, or going through a hard time. You are of greater help to others when you are in a positive place, and see them in that same place, too.

One week ago, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the country of Haiti.

Today, I listened in on a guided meditation intended to help the victims of the Haiti earthquake, and the person leading the meditation started out by asking everyone attending to close their eyes, relax…and visualize the horror, devastation, and death happening in Haiti.

I’m not kidding. Believe me, I wish I was!

This person, believing they were well-meaning, was trying to drag us all into pity, sadness, and feeling sorry for the people of Haiti, thinking that would help. I realized it wouldn’t and knew that was *my cue* to leave that meditation. There is NO point in visualizing more horror~for anyone. It will never help them!

Instead, I sat in my office, quieted my mind, got into a heart-coherent state, and visualized Haiti fully recovered, totally rebuilt, healed and healthy, the sun shining and hearts full of love. I saw the streets clean and citizens feeling appreciation for the out-pouring of love after the earthquake, knowing that their country is doing much better than ever *because of the earthquake*. I allowed myself to stay there, visualizing this wonderful feeling, and then I felt that positive energy going to everyone in Haiti. I felt them benefiting immediately.

The beautiful coast of Haiti

The beautiful coast of Haiti

Why did I visualize something good, positive and uplifting rather than something sorrowful, pitiful and depressing? Because I know that as I hold *anything* or *anyone* as the focus of my attention, I am at the same time sending my vibration to them.

This is because the Law of Attraction is always lining up similar vibrational frequencies~like a universal tuning fork. When I hold someone as my focus of attention while worrying, I’m sending that energy to them. When I hold someone as my focus while I am angry, I’m sending that energy to them. What energy would be most helpful to Haiti right now~your worry, fear, and pity, or your heart-felt love, appreciation, and hope for their future?

I know that when someone is in trouble, pain, or difficulty, it is far more beneficial to them to imagine them whole, healthy, and happy! This is why affirmative group prayer is so powerful, and known to create miraculous healings. This is why Ho’oponopono is so powerful in healing energy across all time and space ~something that the Ancient Ha’waiian’s understood without the benefit of Quantum Physics.

The more people who hold Haiti in a positive place now, the faster and better they will recover. Abraham explains it this way…

You cannot get sick enough to help sick people get better. You cannot get poor enough to help poor people thrive. It is only in your thriving that you have anything to offer anyone. If you’re wanting to be of an advantage to others, be as tapped in, turned in, turned on as you can possibly be.

~Abraham, excerpted from the San Diego, CA on Saturday, February 15th, 2003  workshop

In 2010, Abraham would probably say something more like, Get in the Vortex before you hold anyone you care about as your focus of attention. The Vortex is Abraham’s term for a heart-coherent state, that state of appreciation and love you feel when you interact with pets and loved ones. The HeartMath Institute in Boulder Creek, CA has research proving that when we are in a heart-coherent state, we have a positive effect on those around us and to whom we are connected. Since we are connected through time and space, that means we can positively (or negatively) affect others by the feelings we hold in our hearts when we think of them.

If giving money feels good and heart-coherent to you, then do it. The money received from people holding anyone in high-regard, with love and appreciation, is very powerful and will create miracles. If you are not in a heart-coherent state about donating, please spare them your pity-money. Money imbued with hope, love, and appreciation will be so much more beneficial for their total recovery.

If you cannot get yourself to feel good for the people of Haiti, feeling stuck on the negative media images, then your work is to first clean up that vibration. Do what you need to do to get to a positive, loving, healing place on this subject so your actions will have a positive impact.

Look back on your own life, your own struggles, and remember how often those times were the catalyst for wonderful experiences that could not have happened otherwise. (See my post “Everything You Experience…Is A Blessing!“) Shift your own energy to a positive place in regard to Haiti, THEN, I ask you to join me in envisioning wholeness, recovery, and hopeful future for the people of Haiti.

And, then, send your money to them from the place of hope, love and appreciation so it will actually make a positive difference.

By the way, the same guidance goes for helping anyone you know who is unhealthy, struggling, out-of-work, or going through a hard time. You are of greater help to others when you are in a positive place, and hold them as the object of your uplifted vibration.

Please share your positive visions of healing, hope, and recovery for Haiti in the comments below…

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