There are many paths to being an entrepreneurial business owner, and many of them may feel “accidental.” Somehow, customers find you for something you didn’t think of as valuable, or you fall into having a business through inheritance or just doing what’s fun as a college kid that just kept going. Sometimes it’s because you just wanted to do a part-time business that was interesting and challenging because your job wasn’t fulfilling and, lo and behold, your business takes off!
In whatever way it happens, or even if it hasn’t happened yet but you can feel your spirit pulling you toward entrepreneuring, there’s a lot that occurs in the learning curve. You might think you are hanging your shingle to do what you want to do, but you’re actually signing up to do that and more in terms of everything else you never knew you could or would have to do in terms of marketing, operations, administration, finances and more. I often say that entrepreneuring is the accelerated personal development program on steroids … it isn’t for the faint of heart!
Then the danger becomes that you get caught up in the day to day struggle of trying to keep ahead of the needs of your business, of knowing enough, of trying to cover all the bases and sometimes that can take the joy out of why you started it in the first place. Or, you get a decade or two down the road and suddenly realize you’re not where you thought you would be by now, mostly because it doesn’t feel like you thought it would. And that’s the secret to increasing your business results … how it feels to be in business.
If it’s not fun, why are you doing it? What’s not feeling good about it? Is it everything or is it just that a few things need tweaking? See, the message is in the struggle, and we humans measure struggle by how we feel about it. The more we don’t like it, the bigger the message that it’s time to figure out how to do it differently.
Whether you’re in business yet or want to be, your business is a reflection of who you are and it’s where you will likely be spending a lot of your time and energy. If it doesn’t feel good more often than not, if you don’t feel like you’re making a significant difference, if you aren’t happy in your day, there’s a growth opportunity waiting for you.
Your business IS a spiritual calling when you are a soul-driven entrepreneur. It’s going beyond the basics AND the complexities of entrepreneuring to feeling your soul’s calling and making it manifest through your business. When you harness the power of your soul, your unique natural talents and wisdom, and feel really good about it, you increase your productivity, obstacles will seem to melt away and you will know what to do next in every moment. And THAT is the winning combination to create powerful, positive, and sometimes dramatic, business results.
The reason it’s so secret is that many entrepreneurs are too busy to stop and feel what’s happening, or they may devalue what they feel because they don’t know how to change what they’re doing or because the world seems to reflect a different perspective and they don’t yet have the personal power to overthrow traditional and social convention to be who they are in their businesses.
It’s only when you are in the flow of your feelings, and they feel good, that your business can flourish. And that’s a secret you can take to the bank.