It’s always an interesting question when I get asked how business is going.
What really defines a successful business?
- Is it by the dollar amount in the bank account?
- How full my schedule is?
- Has the business grown beyond a local audience?
- Have I a created a buzz in the social media & real world with people lining up to interview me or book a public speaking gig?
- Is Hay House ringing to offer a book deal & a world publicity tour?
- Do I love what I do with a furious passion, leaping out of bed every morning with a spring in my step?
Out of all the above I feel the last question is the magic one to answer.
Therefore I would say business is going very well thank you because I’m loving what I do. There is never a dull moment or times of boredom. I can easily leap out of bed buzzing with excitement for what the day has in store. The work I do is assisting me to evolve, learn & spread the light. This in turn has a knock on effect for those around me.
I’m not a fan of boxes & labels. I struggle with anything that is deemed ‘conventional’ & ‘the way it is.’ Over the years I have tried to fit in with these ways & that is how I discovered it caused me discomfort. This is probably why I find it hard to define success on the usual business theory scales, as I don’t fit into them!
The one thing to understand with my business it that it is multidimensional. Just like we are multidimensional beings I’ve created a ‘job’ that has many layers. It seems to make sense to me that way. My ‘professional’ life mirrors my human make up by both being multidimensional.
All the individual modalities of my business are each very different but they all come together as one in the grand scheme. It is difficult to measure the success individually so I don’t.
Each modality works wonderfully together on a constant ebb & flow. This keeps life interesting & varied for me, which is a must. When I have a lot of healing clients my design jobs naturally slows down. If I am teaching yoga more than usual naturally there is less openings available for healing but I find the inquiries get less until my roster lightens up. I’m naturally being taken care of.
It takes a great deal of trust in the universe not to get hung up on the quiet times. Especially when work in all areas screeches to a halt. I take this as my sign I need to stop & have a rest. The universe is my business manager of sorts. Taking care of my schedule by sending me exactly what I need at the right time.
To answer the question ‘I am fully booked’ I can quite often say yes. The definition of fully booked can vary. I can say I am fully booked if one week I have three healing time slots open that are all taken, I’m teaching seven classes, one full day allocated for design clients & time for my own marketing/design/writing/channeling. This is my definition of fully booked, as my schedule is full whilst still allowing enough down time.
Another week I may only have four classes to teach, six healing sessions available & two days for design. If the healing slots don’t book or I finish designing sooner than planned I can utilize the time elsewhere. Usually when this happens the extra time goes to me for some fun stuff like creating content for my blog/page or catching up with friends. Therefore you could say this isn’t a fully booked week in work terms but I’ve used the time to give back to myself, which is so important.
Each week is different for me it’s always changing. There is no set in stone amount of anything! I’m super happy about this, 9 – 5 is not my style I like my freedom & variety. For some this may sound like a total nightmare of insecurity or lack of structure. It works for me just fine & it is quite the organization task at times so I’m not just flying by the seat of my pants.
Don’t get me wrong it’s not all sunshine & unicorn poo. There are weeks when I’ve spent too much time in the hot yoga room & literally feel fried, adult life can be throwing curve balls or the ‘screamer’ design job comes in. (You know the one’s, super last minute or the print deadline changes & they need it NOW. The reaction a good old ‘ahhhhh!’) There has to be downs to balance the ups I strongly believe. But as long as the downs are shorter than the ups everything flows with ease & grace.
I’ve come to the conclusion the main things to measure in terms of success is:
- How happy & healthy I am
- How much energy I have
- How my creativity is flowing
- How connected & in tune I am
If I’m feeling good & enjoying what I do that is enough success for me. To be able to say I want to get up in the mornings, as over the years there has been plenty of days I didn’t, is a real gift. There will be days that aren’t so rosy. This is just the natural law of opposites showing up to confirm that everything is working out just the way it should be. I put my trust in the Universes divine plan. The result = so far so good.
Till next time, with love,