Guestpost alert! Today’s awesome article comes from my friend Loran of Loran’s Heart. Being an entrepreneur comes with its own set of struggles and stucknesses, which often get overlooked. Loran’s tackling the inner and outer spirals head-on – just the way headology likes it.
Trust your heart, but use your brain.
This is so important in the new business paradigm. Those of us carving out an existence online cannot follow Old School Business Rules. They won’t fly. And if we are all heart and no brain, we’ll just disappear in the stampede for attention.
My walk through the business world and my personal life has been as circuitous as the labyrinth. I met that Evil Auctioneer and I bought some of his wares before telling him to take a hike. I didn’t want to stay mired in negative self-talk.
I’m figuring out ways to incorporate my photography, writing, spirituality and personal growth into one or more marketable packages. It’ll happen but recently I was totally stuck in the Argh! stage of business that Catherine Caine describes so well. A year ago I was working on the why/what/who/how of my foundations and came up with an action plan that I put into use. I experimented with a few things, implemented a few more and then WHAM – slammed smack into a wall of major and acute frustration.
I actually asked for encouragement and help.
After over 30 years of being a helper this was no small feat. In fact, it was a monumental shift for me. I decided that if I didn’t keep asking (and receiving) that not only would I stay stuck, I was going to give up.
Giving up is not an option, yet. I need more time to do the hard work. In my life, in my relationships, in my business, I wander from one side of the labyrinth to the other, looking for balance, seeking the center. Once I’ve found it, I still have to walk back out. I might experience another round of frustration or another round of contentment. It’s up to me and my attitude.
Nature is chock full of circular rhythms, solar, lunar, and tidal. The seasons change. I don’t enjoy the resistance I feel to fallow stages. It’s hard to accept it as a part of the natural process.
It’s discouraging not to move forward.
One of the worst things I do is compare my progress and development to others. “She got to the center faster! Oh look, she’s already out of the labyrinth.” Except she isn’t, or she just walked into another one.
We all march to a different drummer, or as the headologist reminds us, we need to own our weirdness. Actually, not only own it, but ROCK it because if we don’t we won’t be living the genuine truth of who we are or giving what we have to offer to the world.
I learned this intellectually but now I’m getting to experience it firsthand. Rocking my truth means hanging my butt out to potentially get kicked. Or, I might just turn all supernova and blind everyone with my magnificent light.
Hiding behind this calm, wise, grounded demeanor is a stellar explosion just waiting to happen. I know it. I feel it. I’m going to make it happen. I just have to figure out the how.
But even supernovas burn up, transform their energy and trigger the formation of new stars. It’s all part of the glorious, magnificent, incredible Universe that we all get to be a part of, if only for a moment.
Loran is a travel guide on the Soul Safari of life. Her business, Loran’s Heart, is filled with journaling prompts, nature photographs, and inspirational products to help you grow personally and spiritually. Her goal is to help you gain clarity and peace of mind through all of life’s challenges. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.