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)
At this point though, it?s less about the numbers and more about growing my capacity to serve dreamers everywhere in bringing their dreams to life.
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.
Last week I talked about how I am re-building my marketing plan.? As I’ve been exploring the world of my business I’ve been creating this wall of business planning stuff…
Being able to see it all in front of me helps me be clear about what I want to do next.
Last week I shared that I unlocked a whole new level of believing in myself, which was awesome.
This week started a little rocky, I needed extra space & gentleness to get comfortable in this new space.? This is normal any time you shift or heal anything inside of you – you need time to adjust to living as this new version of you.? Sometimes the adjustment is hard because you’re letting go of old ways of being.
Even if your old ways of being were not really serving you, they were familiar.? And humans sure like the familiar!
So letting them go is more complicated than just brushing them off – it takes some work to fully adjust.
So I’ve been adjusting.
Which, this week at least, has meant spending a lot of time becoming irritated with myself!
Like – new me, me who believes in herself more than ever, has these new ways of being that are important to her that I don’t actually know about yet.? I just find out when she gets irritated that I am not doing them.
If this sounds hard to understand – imagine how hard it is so BE in it!
Like, she really doesn’t want to relax in the evening by watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer and eating popcorn.? So when I kept doing that she would freak out but I didn’t know what was happening, I was just feeling really annoyed with myself and wishing I was doing something else but not knowing what that something else is.
This is the process of growing into your Dream Self – the You Who Lives Your Dream.
(We learn all about how to do this with grace & ease in Module 6 of the Creative Dream Incubator e-course)
Once I understood what was happening it was so much easier to deal with.? I really like living as the me who believes in herself more.? I like that she would rather sew adorable clothes than watch Buffy.? And it’s really fun to learn more about who and how she wants to be in the world.
A dream come true (on the outside) happens after a million tiny changes (on the inside).
I’m struggling with putting my 2014 class calendar together.
I know what I want to do, it’s just when I try to nail down the dates I get all procrastination-y and weird about it.
So I took my journal out for a latte.? (That’s what I do when I am resisting something.? If I stay home it’s too easy to jump up and do something else.? If I go to a coffee shop with a specific intention, 9 times out of 10 I actually do the thing.)
I started writing about what I wanted to do, listing the classes, then listing the months of the year and it seemed fairly simple to just match them all up…
Except it wasn’t simple, at all.
I had all these inner critics and fears pop up about choosing the wrong classes.
So, using the Un-Sticking Station inside the Creative Dream Circle, I met with EVERY inner critic and fear I had about this.? And I brought in healing for EVERY inner critic and fear I had about this.
When you HEAL an inner critic or fear there is a huge gift.? The essence of these parts of you are powerful and helpful – they’re just all tangled up in some bullshit story.? When you un-tangle the story and heal the pain around it – you can access the essence.
This time in healing my inner critics and fears I was able to access the essences of Steadiness and Presence.
The inner critics and fears that are the most vocal always hold the qualities that you need most.
Steadiness and Presence feel like the most amazing Superpowers that ever superpowered.
And now I trust myself to create the schedule now, I’m not all tangly and frustrated about it.
I’m also looking at how bringing more stability and presence into my daily routines, weekly schedule and business plans can help.
See, I’ve still got fears about growing the Circle.
I worry it will get too big too fast and I won’t know how to handle it.
I worry I’ll get overwhelmed.
But then – I look at what happens in the Circle.
?I?ve actually accomplished more and received more clarity in the 4 weeks I?ve been in the Creative Dream Circle than I have in the past 4 years going it alone.?
Carrie Anspach, www.dirtygirlpottery.wordpress.com
“I?m one of those people who used to think that I didn?t have enough time or money to participate in the Creative Dream Circle.
I realize now that thinking I didn?t have enough time or money was just an excuse. It was kind of tied into not believing in my own self worth, like I shouldn?t spend the money or take time away from my kids to do this because it was silly and it wasn?t going to cause a change in my life so what?s the point.
That was just my inner critic talking, I realize now, and boy was my inner critic wrong!
These resources and the daily practice of connecting with my creativity has changed my life! It has impacted my relationships and my outlook?in such a positive profound way in such a short period of time that there is no way I would ever stop playing in the Creative Dream Circle.”
LIVES ARE CHANGING, powered by creativity and spirit and joy and play.
When I remember that, when I look at how AMAZING all the members are, how supportive and kind and creative and smart they are – well why wouldn’t I want MORE of them to play with?
Every morning I wake up and find tiny miracles happening in the Circle.
I love what we are doing there.