Jump­start your busi­ness with your pres­ence, pas­sion and pur­pose

The re­la­tion­ship be­tween a per­son’s in­ner self and the suc­cess of their busi­ness is in­trin­si­cally linked. If you cur­rently own a busi­ness, how do you think you sit in each of these re­spects?

Living Now - - Editorial - by Robert Kirby

The re­la­tion­ship be­tween a per­son’s in­ner self and the suc­cess of their busi­ness is in­trin­si­cally linked. If you cur­rently own a busi­ness, how do you think you sit in each of these re­spects?

How do you get in your own way?

Like all busi­ness own­ers, you want to take your busi­ness to the next level. By day, you’re pro­duc­ing inspired out­put – prod­ucts, blog posts, videos and net­work­ing. By night, you’re barely con­tain­ing the de­spair that gnaws away at the back of your mind. You hus­tle and push and strive: ‘Any day now, it’ll all come to­gether’, you re­peat. And then, as each un­prof­itable week comes to an end, you’re com­pletely mys­ti­fied. Do­ing all the con­ven­tion­ally ‘right’ things isn’t work­ing for you. You’re drown­ing.

Con­gru­ence within your­self cre­ates co­her­ence in your busi­ness

A friend of mine owns a small busi­ness that is cur­rently on BRW’S 100 Fastest Grow­ing Busi­nesses in Aus­tralia list. Oddly, in the con­text of to­day’s so­cial media driven land­scape, his web­site is ba­sic and unin­spired. When I asked him why he hadn’t taken the time to make it slick and ap­peal­ing, he shrugged: “That stuff re­ally doesn’t mat­ter – it isn’t what makes peo­ple want to do busi­ness with me”.

He’s right – be­cause, as with all things, it’s the heart and pas­sion be­hind the en­deav­our which pro­pels it to ex­pand and thrive. In run­ning a busi­ness, what mat­ters is the busi­ness owner’s pas­sion and clar­ity of pur­pose. When pas­sion and pur­pose are aligned with the busi­ness owner’s own per­sonal pres­ence, this shines through in their prod­uct. Cus­tomers are drawn to the con­gru­ent energy of the brand, as well as the truth of the mes­sage that the busi­ness owner is selling. This then has the ef­fect of driv­ing prof­its up.

Pres­ence, pas­sion, pur­pose and profit

The re­la­tion­ship be­tween a per­son’s in­ner self and the suc­cess of their busi­ness is in­trin­si­cally linked. If you cur­rently own a busi­ness, how do you think you sit in each of these re­spects?

First, take a look at the Qual­ity of Life scale and read from the bot­tom up.

Now, take a look at the Busi­ness scale and again read from the bot­tom up:

This scale is sub­jec­tive. Women usu­ally know where they sit. Men are more in­clined to rate them­selves higher. So I sug­gest a mus­cle test to bring you back to re­al­ity. Once you have iden­ti­fied where you sit, think about how your emo­tional blocks can get in the way of your busi­ness’s ac­cel­er­a­tion. If you’re close to ‘giv­ing up’ on the qual­ity of life scale, this will be mir­rored in how your busi­ness is per­form­ing. On the other hand, if you’re in ‘ef­fort­less flow’, your busi­ness will most likely be fly­ing and ei­ther be in, or be close to be­ing ‘ in the zone’.

What all of this means is that you have to re­ally get out of your own way in or­der to get out of your busi­ness’s way: “But how do I do that?” you pro­claim. I call it ‘get­ting clear on your four Ps’: your pres­ence, pas­sion, pur­pose and profit. One of the first steps to mov­ing up the qual­ity of life scale is to make sure that you are fully present – here, and in the mo­ment.

Over time, as life chal­lenges us, we lose our abil­ity to stay present. We’re dis­tracted, our at­ten­tion is di­vided, and we me­an­der through life on a di­luted en­gine of lim­it­ing thoughts and be­liefs. We an­a­lyse to the point of paral­y­sis and from an en­er­getic per­spec­tive, we’re com­pletely dis­con­nected from our feet and the earth, which in turn, sev­ers our life force from our heart. As a re­sult, we make choices which are not aligned with our vi­sion and pur­pose, but more di­rected to short term gains which can per­ma­nently hurt our busi­ness re­la­tion­ships.

The best way to in­crease your pres­ence is to get grounded. Take your shoes off and walk, sit and med­i­tate with your bare feet on the earth for 15 min­utes a day. This is known as ‘earth­ing’.

The energy will stream up your legs and, as you en­joy the sun­shine, you will feel your heart and be com­pletely in your body. Your thoughts and ac­tions will be co­her­ent, and this con­gru­ency will flow into your busi­ness. Find your pas­sion: eas­ier said than done, I know, but try to think about what you en­joyed do­ing as a kid. What as­pects of your job or hob­bies make your heart sing? What would you do if you could ig­nore all the so­cial con­di­tion­ing that made you be­lieve that your pas­sion wasn’t worth ac­knowl­edg­ing?

This doesn’t mean you need to give up your day job, but think about do­ing ac­tiv­i­ties which feed your pas­sion and keep its light alive. When you nur­ture your heart, your vi­bra­tion in­creases, and the op­por­tu­ni­ties will flow to you. Work­ing with your breath and get­ting your life force (or ‘chi’) flow­ing will en­able you to drop into your in­tu­ition, and feel and see your pas­sion. Two sim­ple things you can do regularly are:

• Re­ichian breath­ing

Start by stand­ing with your feet shoul­der width apart, with your knees slightly bent. As you in­hale deeply, pull your shoul­ders back and puff out your chest (like you’re in the fi­nal po­si­tion of breast­stroke). At the same time, push your bot­tom back­wards, so that your back is curved.

On the ex­hale, push your pelvis for­wards and drive your arms down­wards as you straighten them. Re­peat for ten min­utes. Go as fast as you rea­son­ably can while tak­ing

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