Stretching is part of the creative process. And being an entrepreneur is nothing if it’s not creative. Stretching can be uncomfortable at times. It’s also something you get used to, and then desire, even crave. Ask anyone who practices yoga.
Stretching in your business shows up in many places and in many ways. Where are you stretching, thinking about doing so, or resisting it? How far are you willing to stretch?
Are you calling people and expanding the people of community of people who know you, know what you do, and are interested in what you do? Are you inviting people to work with you on a regular, even daily, basis?
Are you learning something new, like using Facebook or new software, that helps you expand your reach? Are you hiring someone to help you so you can focus more on what only you can do? Are you working with a coach who has done what you want to do, and who is helping you see the fruitful places to stretch?
Struggle so often comes from isolation and trying to do things on your own. It’s ironic that in school you were probably taught the basis of that. Do your own work. Don’t ask others for help. Don’t cheat. And you learned: you should be able to do this on your own. So being a good student, you isolated yourself and you work alone. You think: “I can do this!” And you can—but not alone.
That will kill you as an entrepreneur because building connections and giving and receiving support with others are the lifeblood of a serving profession.
Stretching expands. It’s in the flow of the universe. You are stretching into new territory, exploring new terrain. That’s why it’s creative. Something new is being born. Struggle contracts and confines. It binds your life-force energy and keeps you stuck in what you already know. Nothing new is happening. And before long stagnation sets in.
So when you begin to struggle—B R E A T H E—and start to stretch instead.
Stretch to talk with new people.
Stretch to talk with the people you already know.
Stretch to ask people to work with you.
Stretch to ask an unreasonable number of people to work with you. ;D
Stretch to invest in your business and yourself to a level that is uncomfortable.
Stretch to create something that you are not sure is going “to work.”
Stretch to keep going when things go wrong (because they will—a lot!).
Stretch to learn new skills that will support making a bigger impact.
Stretch to step more fully into your TRUE VALUE!
Stretch to connect with others—colleagues, coaches, comrades—who will inspire you and pull you along through their vision and energy.
Stretch to become the person who experiences your dreams.
No longer struggle with your message.
No longer struggle about your worthiness.
No longer struggle with money.
No longer struggle with your past, your parents, your lover, your children.
No longer struggle with yourself.
Stretch instead. Allow the old beliefs, conditioning, and perceptions to drop away. Stretch to open the energy. Stretch into the pulse of evolution coursing through our planet, our solar system, and your very life. Stretch to feel the light of your Soul that burns in the core of your being. Stretch and the fear will melt.
B R E A T H E ~ S T R E T C H ~ B R E A T H E.
S T R E T C H.
~ REPEAT AS NECESSARY. ~