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Calling all entrepreneurs!

As we move into 2018, a new year and beyond… it’s a good time to reflect the learnings from 2017.

In terms of numerology, as a number ‘1’ year – 2017 was the time to plant the seeds of ‘intention’ your deepest heartfelt desires, dreams and visions, then what is the tone and flow of energy within your business for the next 12 months?

As you now take the time to reflect over the past year,

  • What lessons did you learn in 2017?
  • What are you going to do differently?
  • What are your opportunities for 2018?

2018, is a number ‘11’ year, which is a power number and as an entrepreneur, this is not the time to use force, it’s the year to be patient and open yourself up to ‘receiving’ and working with your ‘passion’ to help you manifest your heart’s desires.

It’s time to practice and participate in the activity of ‘receiving’. The energy for this year connects deeply to the ability to ‘accept’. As you learn and apply qualities of acceptance, allowance and let all things be exactly as they are… your heart will open up and allow your light to shine through! You will be a magnetic force to be reckoned with!

Running around, chasing that big audacious goal, is not going to serve you this year. You’ll only find yourself overwhelmed and burnt out.

So, what about trying this? Be creative and think strategically, plan ahead, and be proactive not reactive, but also be open to what’s coming, rather than forcing what you want.

Be the game changer…

Making the time – 30 minutes per day –  to be still, silent and checking in with your thinking and feelings is one of the most productive things you can do. You’ll find, when you get into the habit of slowing down and connecting with yourself that you reap the finest rewards.

Entrepreneurs are willing to work an eighty-hour week to avoid a forty-hour week, they can procrastinate (which is an escape mechanism for people who are really afraid of their own power). And neither actually moves you as far along as patience, persistence and operating within your own ‘flow’.

Don’t get me wrong, you need a little fear –  high performing entrepreneurs are always looking for ways to be comfortable in their discomfort and this is what makes them successful – because they are prepared to grow and stretch themselves.

But being able to identify poor time management, and procrastination for what they are – in efficient time wasters – means that you’ll actually be able to kick bad habits and achieve more.

Procrastination occurs when you get stuck and think the task at hand is ‘impossible’! But that’s not necessarily so – it just means you haven’t found the solution yet. So instead of sitting on your butt and making excuses, or distracting yourself with projects that don’t serve the overall goal, take time to stop and focus, and find the opportunity within the problem.

But when your knees are doing a little shake and you feel a sense of fear or a moment of doubt, just push through it – work with the energy instead of against it, and you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve.

Slow down to speed up…

For a lot of people 2017 was a bit of a mixed-bag. And this is because it was a year for us all to get clear about why we’re here and what we want to make of our lives.

And when these times of confusion and uncertainty come, the most important thing to do is to slow down and ‘allow’ – that means, work with the flow of your life. Unsettled? Roll with it – it will pass. Full speed ahead – try to keep up, the momentum is moving! Things plodding along – take time to smell the roses, because things change, and there’s bound to be a change of pace coming!

Slowing down enough to be aware of what’s happening and how you feel about it, allows you to really connect with the forces within you. The magic, in taking time to be still, is allowing yourself to receive. You’ll be amazed at where your mind wanders when you let it and more often than not, successful people who meditate regularly say their best problem-solving ideas, and their best creative visions have come from meditating, or soon after – because the mind is relaxed.

I’m not suggesting for one second that you sit around all day and ‘wait’ for the ‘ahhh-ha’ moment!  But what I am suggesting is instead of thinking outside the box, get rid of the box completely!

Problem solving by thinking creatively…

Most entrepreneurs think creativity is about being flamboyant, colourful, or a big bang innovation… but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

The secret is keeping things simple, and working away, day after day, moving forward to what you want to achieve. Success rarely happens overnight and when it does it’s build on inadequate foundations anyway, so just be mindful of where you are, where you’ve come from and where you’re going.

So, one step at a time. Keep it simple and straightforward and don’t over-complicate things.  This will not only keep you focused, but it will enable you to see problems not as problems, but as opportunities. And ‘opportunities’ – because they have a positive mindset, kick-starting your creative juices. (You guessed it, problems make us feel negative and lacking control)

Know your WHY…

WHY are you doing what you do? This is the answer to everything and when you have your why – the how and the what, and the when begin to follow and fall into place too.

Your ‘why’ is your driving force in everything that you do. Your ‘why’ is unconscious and deeply ingrained into why you are here in this magnificent thing we call life. Everyone searches for their purpose in life and if you can nail this … then you are 80% there my friend.

Big vision and higher purpose are the foundations from which great entrepreneurs build dazzling businesses. Ask yourself right now – Why do I want to find my purpose?

Trust what comes into your mind, and write it down… Is it to?

  • Improve lives
  • Improve relationships
  • Improve businesses

Finding your ‘why’ is critical for professional and business development, and success!

And …. It’s perfectly okay if you can’t communicate your ‘why’ right now.

But here’s the thing about your ‘why’ – it’s an unconscious driver. Which means, it will come to you when you put your ‘thinking brain’ away for a bit and dig deep into your unconscious. You can do this by meditating, journaling, walking along the beach with an ‘empty’ head. It’s only when you stop the mental chatter that you can hear what you are really trying to tell yourself. And this is where you will find your ‘why’ – because it’s the reason you’re here, it’s the one thing that connects you to something larger, something that will allow you to make your mark in this world, to truly make a difference.