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How Your Emotions Affect Your Business

When it comes to your business, are you suffering from business stuck-itis? What am I talking about, you ask? Business stuck-itis is a negative, emotional symptom that prevents us from starting or growing our businesses. I know about business stuck-itis because I suffered for years from it. It can affect your business by creating financial, mental and emotional anguish.

Business stuck-itis manifests itself in the following ways:

  • A lack of focus
  • Weak goals or no goals
  • No marketing or business plan
  • Disorganization that prevents you from working
  • Low or stalled sales

But these are just symptoms. The real problem is that Aspirepreneurs, the sensitive souls that we are, have hidden personal wounds that haven’t healed. These wounds create fear, which keeps us from making progress in our business.

Here are a few examples of personal wounds:

  • Being criticized for being a poor writer or speaker when you were young.
  • Never feeling accepted and loved by your parents.
  • Unrecognized creativity never developed.
  • Feeling powerless and defenseless as a child.
  • Suffering abuse in some way.
  • Growing up poor and felt a sense of lack.

Most of us have suffered these types of wounds. We rarely connect these feelings to what’s going on with our businesses.

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When your personal wounds are sabotaging your progress, somewhere inside you don’t feel worthy in some way or another. So for now, forget about time management strategies, planning sessions, and goal setting. Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of what is keeping you stuck.

What is the hidden wound causing your business stuck-itis?

To learn what it is, try this meditation. When you get a moment alone, turn off the sound on all your electronics and get comfortable. Close your eyes and take a deep breath.

Now, ask yourself: “Which emotional wound, from my childhood or early adult life, is holding me back?” Sit quietly and wait. The answer may pop into your mind as words or imagines. Don’t judge what you feel. Write it down. Journal about it. Feel the pain and then work on releasing it.

When you sit alone and think out your thoughts … then that is your loudest cry!” Stephen Richards

You will know the answer when you feel a sense of pain or loss. Sit with the pain for a bit, then say: “I would love to let this painful memory go.” Be patient. It may not disappear right away. Next, take another deep breath and know you are one step closer to moving forward in your business.

You now have the opportunity to face the story that has led your life.

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10 Beliefs Keeping You From Your Dream Business

It makes me sad to think about how many people don’t have the businesses they want because of the beliefs they have about themselves.

I know, because I wasn’t immune to this dilemma. Unfortunately, my perfectionist personality kept me from starting a number of businesses.

Where do these false beliefs come from?

They are usually formed from the following: Your childhood
Unsolicited, harmful criticism
Business failures
Advertising messages
Comparing yourself to other people
Harmful beliefs stop us from creating the businesses we want.

It’s time for me to bust these myths before they delay even more people from creating a business they love.

Belief One
You need to wait until __fill in the blank_____ to start a business.

We all do it. We make goals thinking we’ll be happy when we reach those goals. For example:

My business will begin when:

– When I lose 20 pounds.
– When I get certified.
– When my website is perfect.
– When I have my MBA.

What we forget is that there is no tomorrow and there is no yesterday. There is only today. In fact, there is only this moment. In order to achieve your dream business, you need to start today. We create dreams moment by moment using our actions and thoughts. Start living as if you already have what you desire.

Action Step: Take one single action towards launching your business today.

Belief Two
You need to put off happiness until your business is successful.

Putting off happiness is like waiting until you get to your destination before putting gas in your car. Fill yourself up with optimism and gratitude every single day. There is no need to wait to be happy.

Happiness is like high-octane fuel. It helps you get where you want to go faster.

Mind Shift: Practice experiencing joy every day by being grateful for what you have now.

Belief Three
You can control every aspect of your business.

When something bad happens to you, do you believe it’s your fault? How about when you ask for what you want and you don’t get it? Do you blame yourself?

The belief that everything is under your control weakens your self-esteem. Random life events pop up every so often. You are not responsible for every last thing that happens in business and life. Business setbacks are normal. Trends, world events, and your own personal life can get in the way.

Mind Shift: Don’t let business setbacks rule your life.

Belief Four
You can achieve business success all by yourself.

You don’t need to build your business alone. There are many people you can make part of your team. You may not have a lot of money when you are first starting out. So, think outside the box. When you are first starting out join Linkedin groups, hire a teenager to help around the house, or

Mind Shift: Look for mentors, coworkers, friends, and family to help you build your business.

Belief Five
All you need to do is set a goal and the universe will magically align itself to get you what you want. Now.

I love this myth. I’ve heard gurus tell people this all the time. They say that whatever you ask for instantly manifests itself in the universe. This is may be true, BUT it takes time for it to manifest itself into reality. Actually starting your business is an important part of the manifesting equation. And . . . the existence of your business opens you up for more opportunities.

Mind Shift: Remember: Sometimes things come to you that are better than you thought.

Belief Six
You can dictate the exact date when your business will be successful.

Goal setting is a very common practice in our culture. It goes like this: To achieve a goal you set your intentions and a date. Sounds great. But . .. success can happen instantly or over years of hard work. You don’t have control over time.

Mind Shift: Focus on the successes you achieve each day.

Belief Seven
You can decide on random goals and then manifest them.

I remember years ago going through a goal-setting exercise. I sat down and wrote down what I wanted to achieve. A house, a car, x amount of dollars in the bank, and expensive vacations. Then I set the date when I wanted to achieve them. Guess what? I didn’t achieve any of them.

The problem was: They were random goals that I thought everybody should want so I should, too. But, nothing on the list inspired me because I didn’t know WHY I wanted them. Here’s what I’ve learned. The feeling I wanted from these goals were far easier to achieve than my actual goal.

Mind Shift: Spend time understanding what you truly want. Set an intention to start your new business around what you want to accomplish.

Belief Eight
You Don’t Need to Know Why You Want to Start a Business

When I was being trained at a former job I realized the power of why. My boss kept telling me over and over how to do something. I kept forgetting the exact procedure. It was only when I asked her WHY I needed to do something that I remembered how to do it.

Mind Shift: The same goes with goals and wishes. Why you are starting your business is a strong motivating factor.

Belief Nine
You Need to Start a Business Based On Your Passions

I can’t imagine how many times this belief has caused endless frustrations for people. Yes, it really does help to love what you are doing for a living. But . . . creating a business is so much more than you and what you love. It’s about your customer/clients and what they need/want.

Mind Shift: It’s much better to start a business around something you are passionate about solving, not doing.

Belief Ten
You need to be rich to live the life of your dreams.

We’re told that wealth is the catalyst for living a dream life filled with mansions, fancy cars, furs, and lavish parties.

Living a beautiful, successful life doesn’t require money. What it requires is you living your dream. Not other people’s dreams. Check out my article “Own Your Experiences” to learn how.

Mind Shift: Stop believing that you need to wait to be wealthy to be happy, It only fills your life with empty days of waiting and working hard for that day. Learn to live “rich” while building your business.

Which beliefs are stopping you from starting a business?

I would love to know! Tell me about it in the comments below.

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Welcome the Flow of New Opportunities

The Universal Energy of Opportunities

In order for new opportunities to flow into our lives, we need to release any negative thoughts or emotions blocking us from receiving them.

The best way to receive these opportunities is to let go of all expectations. When you hold on too tightly to your manifestations, it stops the energy of opportunities from flowing to you.

When you do this, it energetically blocks the energy stream from reaching you. It slows or stops the flow.

Think of it this energy as a funnel. Universal energy flows through the top of the funnel. The energy flows down to your Crown Chakra.

For instance, you might suddenly feel the need to visit LinkedIn and see a suggestion to connect with someone important. Or you run across an article that has a list of blogs for you to send your latest article.

The negative emotions that can block the flow of opportunities are hurt, anger, and resentment. These emotions clog your end of the funnel. To open the flow, release painful emotions and stop holding on to your expectations so tightly.

Let go and be patient.

*Try this New Opportunity Mantra*

Thank you for watching over me and guiding me down my new path.
I am immensely grateful for the new opportunities flowing into my life.
I release all anger, resentment, and fear that may be blocking the opportunities trying to flow into my life.

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Fall Passionately in Love With Your Goals

Is it because you chose the wrong goal?

If so, ask yourself:

What are the right goals for me? How do I choose?

Choose goals that express your deepest desires.

Choose goals that set your soul on fire.

Only set goals that make your heart sing.

Yes, change can be scary.

And because of the fear, there is a gap between your actions and your intentions.

  • You may try to sabotage your own efforts.
  • You may lure yourself away with busy work.
  • Your actions may not match your life mission.

Why? It’s because your heart’s not in love with your goals.

Mad, passionate, soul-wrenching love.

To achieve a goal and embrace its fulfillment you need to shift into a vibration of love and gratitude.

Don’t let your hidden doubts dampen your enthusiasm.

Focus all your energy on achieving your goal.

Don’t waste your life chasing goals that don’t bring your joy.

You are depriving yourself the gift of accomplishment.

Take some time and explore what brings you joy.

Set goals that are worthy of you and your life.

Strive for everything that expresses love and joy.

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A Radical Viewpoint on Quitting

Maybe you can relate to my story.

When I was a young teen, I tried a lot of different activities. I tried out for track, soccer, volleyball, acting and more.

I stuck with some of the activities, however, I ended up quitting a lot of them.

I would try something. Decide if I liked it. If I didn’t like it, I quit.

Unfortunately, this labeled me as a quitter.

It was a label that took me years to shake off.

It was years later that I really understood my behavior.

I’m not afraid to try new things. I love to experience life. If I try something new and don’t feel passionate about it or feel I can’t excel at it I don’t want to waste my time or other people’s time doing it.

So now I see quitting a little differently.

I wasn’t quitting. I was learning what I was passionate about.

How would I know what I love if I didn’t try?

The real problem with quitting is when you stop trying.

How many times have you stopped doing something you loved?

One lesson in life is that if you haven’t found what you are passionate about you haven’t tried long enough.

A part of knowing what you love is learning what you don’t love.

Notice the word learn. It’s an active word. What you love to do doesn’t fall out of the sky.

You need to do the experience life to learn.

I say don’t be afraid to try something new. And don’t be afraid to quit if you don’t like it.

Forget the naysayers who say you should stick with something you don’t love.

Life is too short for that nonsense.

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The Battle Between Ego and Your Heart’s Desire

Your soul’s purpose is to experience things through your five senses. It desires physical connections with loved ones, wonderful food, the warmth of the sun, beautiful landscapes, music, and more.

Your ego, as useful as it is, interferes with your quest for these connections. It over analyzes and becomes convinced that achieving your desire should be complicated and expensive.

Think about what really gives you joy.
Maybe it’s cuddling your new baby.
Or, sitting on the beach with viewing a sunset.

If you are tired of this battle between your ego and your heart’s desire, try this exercise:

1. Make a list of all your favorite memories.
2. Calculate which ones cost you money and which ones were free.
3. Note which ones you feel were strongly influenced by advertising or well-meaning friends or family.
4. Last, look at which ones involve seeing, hearing, tasting, touching or smelling.

Change your perspective on what brings you joy and your life will take on more meaning.

You will create the passion and fun you need.


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