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.
Today I am so grateful that I stayed with the discomfort of shifting my comfort zone these past few weeks.? It’s not that being uncomfortable is inherently valuable, it’s more like in order to hold a new intention you have to be willing to hold that new intention no matter how it feels or else you won’t be able to move into it.
And new usually does feel uncomfortable because it’s outside of our familiar zone.
The numbers I am working with, like having 800 members in the Creative Dream Circle, aren’t really about the numbers.? It’s more about the energy, feelings and qualities of it.
A business is a tangible thing and I wanted a tangible set of numbers to work with.? The number that best matched the energy, feelings and qualities is 800.
The other number I’ve been playing with is around 3,500 – 4,000.? This is the number of unique monthly visitors per month I have had for the last few years.?
For those who don’t speak analytics this means the number of different people who visit my site, this is not the total number of page hits.? Even if you visit once a week, you are only counted as one person – and everyone who gets my blog posts sent via email aren’t counted in this number at all.
Given how honest and vulnerable I am in what I share here – I was simply NOT comfortable with this number being any higher than 4,000.? Also – coaches don’t need huge audiences to have enough clients.
But my dream has been telling me that in order to grow the Circle I do need to grow my audience.
Substantially.? To about 20,000 unique monthly visitors.
Which terrified me!
I was barely comfortable with 4,000!
What has helped me the most is to keep remembering that it’s not about me.
I’ve studied how dreams grow WAY MORE than anyone I know.? I have so much passion and love for dreams.? I have created programs that literally GROW DREAMS.
I am not the point – DREAMS are the point!? I didn’t do this work to get attention for myself, I did this work because DREAMS MATTER TO ME.
I feel strongly that dreams are going to heal the world.? I am deeply committed to supporting this in happening.
When I sit with the desire to serve the whole world through serving more dreamers, I feel like I can do anything.? I feel like the whole universe (which loves dreams very much) is actively supporting me.
This feels amazing.
And I even feel safe bringing my work to a larger audience.
And it’s happening quickly!? Right now I’m now at just over 9,000 unique monthly visitors.?
My number more than doubled in a month.
And it’s happening in a sustainable way – at this point it would be hard for me to slow down that growth.? (For Circle members, I am sharing the details of what I’m doing to make this happen in the Creative Business Incubator)
Of course, traffic does not equal Circle members!? But having 800 members by the end of the year seems completely do-able with what the numbers are doing right now.
I feel like I was in a rut.? And I set my sights on going somewhere new.
And the process of getting out of that rut and creating a new path was awkward and uncomfortable and exhausting – but now I’m here.? Solid and steady on the new path.
I still have to walk the path – but actually getting on the path is harder than walking along it.? Such a satisfying feeling.
I am super in love with my dream, with the Circle, with the Circle members… all of it.
I know that love is a powerful magnet and light – helping draw more support and resources to me while lighting up my next steps on the path.
But that’s not what is making me happy.
What is making me happy is knowing that I am doing my best to make this work.
I’m not shying away from any of the things I usually shy away from.
I’m not avoiding looking at any parts of this.
I’m not wishing, hoping or praying things will change, I am being ACTIVE about CHANGING THEM.
I’m not letting my inner critics or limiting beliefs decide how things have to be.
Whatever the outcome ends up being – THIS feels amazing.
This is my favourite part of Creative Dreaming: getting into FLOW
Bringing a dream to life is about this inner work of connecting more deeply to the core of who you are.
Bringing more of your soul’s presence (and power and magic) into your everyday life.
There are bumps in the road because there are hard things to face in this process. (If it was easy- everyone would be living with their dreams)
There are also times when everything feels so amazingly right it’s hard to not burst into song about how gorgeous it all is.
PS: The Creative Dream Incubator e-Course is starting on TUESDAY!? You guys!? This class is amazing.? It’s not even a class as much as it’s a transformational dream-growing bubble of love.
You can read what Incubator Graduates have to say about it right here.
You can read all about the course right here.
You can join the Circle – to get this course plus every other course I do all year long – right here.