Last week I gave myself an incredible pre-Christmas gift. I spent two hours listening to Ed Gandia and Pete Savage talking about The Spiritual Side of Freelance Success in a two-part podcast (episode #033 and #034). Although Pete and Ed are both freelance writers like me, their discussion is for people and business in general, so I would encourage you to make the time to listen because who doesn’t want their business to be a raging success?
If we can agree that there is a power that is greater than us all, that this power is benevolent, and believe that we can connect with and benefit from the energies of this Source, then we can also accept the Law of Attraction. In its most distilled form the Law of Attraction is, “thoughts become things.” As attractors of energy, when wefocus on positivethoughts, we bring about positive results; when we think negative thoughts, we bring about negative results.
This is not a new idea: I love that Pete used the analogy of athletes that create success by envisioning themselves making the game-winning play. They see themselves on the winner’s podium before they walk into the arena. We can all buy into this concept right? It works because we've seen it (and perhaps done it out ourselves). So why can’t we use this concept in our business?
I believe in the Law of Attraction, and in 2013 I made steps to be authentically kathy by revealing the true me on my website. I honed in on what I do best, what differentiates me from others, and shared my business values ; so that I attract the kind of client I want — someone, who like me, believes that telling authentic stories about themselves and their business is important. And I’m very pleased to say that since I launched my website I’ve had people come to me who want me to do for them, what I did for myself — reveal who they are, what they believe, and why it’s important to them as an individual or a business.
And yet, as I embrace this I’ve been struggling in both my personal and professional life with how to be authentic without scaring anyone off. Can I be both safe and authentic? The answer is no, I can’t. It’s not possible because being authentic means speaking my truth even if my voice shakes or my pen rattles. And that also means accepting that some people may not like who I am or understand what I do.
But, in listening to these podcasts and doing some deeper journalling, I realized that this bud’s gotta blossom!
For me, the biggest takeaway of the big lessons these sessions gave me is that envisioning your success is more than just seeing it; it is actually feeling it too. When you actually know what your success feels like, you can make real and lasting change happen.
But for many of us who see where we are at as a “problem” rather than an interior improvement “project” that we are taking on (see how much more positive project sounds than problem), we will need to turn inward to change the way we think.
Scary concept that. But it’s got to be done because we can have fame, fortune and all kinds of “things,” but what we are all really looking for is that feeling that we will feel when we reach our vision of success.
My problem is my fear of success. So, as a gift to myself, I’m going to make time over the holiday break to figure out what success looks like to me and then dig deeper and get comfortable feeling what it will feel like to be successful. Just as Ed and Pete help guide us through the process in these wonderful podcasts.
And I believe, then and only then will I do this:
I'm so sure about the Law of Attraction that I am going to give away 3 copies of the book, E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality by Pam Grout. All you have to do is comment below with your own story of how thoughts become things. Or tell me why you need proof that the Law of Attraction works.
Happy Holidays to you all! I'll be taking some time off over the holidays, but I'll be back in early 2014.