I set a big goal for my business for 2014: to welcome 800 dreamers into my Creative Dream Circle. And to do this not by getting super pushy about selling – but to do this with heart and soul and creativity and joy and LOVE.
(you can read my original post about this here)
In support of this goal, I am writing weekly updates on Fridays, for all of 2014. This is where I’ll share the story of all the ups and downs of bringing a big dream to life.
When you have a dream, you almost always have things you know you could do about it, that you are not doing. Like – I want to write a book but I am not sitting down to write.
The things you know to do are not necessarily the things that are going to get you what you want. But doing them gets you moving.
When you stay in your stories of what you think it will be like, instead of diving into the process, you create an energy of resistance around you.
I had an energy of resistance around me about doing everything I could to promote my courses.? So last month I decided to do ALL THE THINGS I knew to do, to promote it.
Exhausting, yes. But it created movement and detangled the resistance energy around me. Totally worth it.
I discovered that doing ALL THE THINGS didn’t actually work!
While I was happy with the number of people who signed up for the Creative Dream Incubator last month, it was only a small increase over how many people signed up last January. And given that I dropped the price this year, it meant I didn’t make more money this January than I did last January.
That was disappointing. I still made more money than I need, doing the things I love most, so it’s not a total bust or anything.
And just a little time journaling about it showed that it was, in fact, liberating.
What if WORKING MY ASS OFF had doubled my income?
Wouldn’t I then be tempted to keep WORKING MY ASS OFF as my permanent plan, instead of temporary measures to get myself out of resistance and into movement?
Even though I was journaling in a coffee shop, I actually laughed out loud about this. Of course I didn’t want it to work!
But now I see all these new possibilities for how this can work, now that I am MOVING with this.
It’s like that process of doing everything I thought I “should” be doing was little a clarifying fire. It burned off all this bullshit and has left me so much more connected to my truth. The inner critic who says “You have to follow the rules” is probably not totally gone, but got a LOT smaller this week.
Such a beautiful thing and totally worth the discomfort of staying out of my comfort zone last month.
The most amazing thing this week is that there are miracles happening EVERYWHERE in the Circle.
People are opening up to their dreams and miracles are happening. I never get tired of seeing this happen.
The energy of the Circle is amazing and it is drawing new people in.
I’m also hearing a recurring theme from new members, that they have wanted to join for a long time, but they were scared because they knew that joining would mean dropping all of their excuses for why they can’t have what they want. And dropping your excuses is terrifying!
(Well, actually, I think getting to the end of your life and looking back to see you followed other people’s rules and didn’t get any of YOUR dreams is much more terrifying)
The Circle is a SAFE space for doing this work and for facing the hard stuff in the lightest possible way.? People are so relieved to find there is so much love and support for doing this work with LIGHTNESS.
Now I’m wondering – how do I create more of that safety out here? A public blog is not a clear, solid container like a private program is. But there have to be ways to invite more of those qualities in, there has to be a way to create a safer path.
This weekend I’ll be journaling about that, and exploring some exciting ideas that are springing up in the places where the “you have to follow the rules” inner critic used to hang out.