Traditional business models and methods are based on accepted wisdom. If you have the business plan, the marketing calendar, and the accounting packages, you have the formula for success…right? Well, those are good foundations. But there really is no one-size-fits-all approach in anything — not in clothes, and definitely not in business.
Finding the rhythm of your business can be challenging. Often, motivational sayings by famous and/or spiritual people seem to contradict each other. In my experience, success (however you define it) is a dance with God, so to speak — be that the Universe, Higher Self, intelligence, Spirit, whatever fits your belief system. This dance is all about learning to feel the rhythm and hear the music. The steps will look a bit different for each of us, so I decided to put together this helpful guide:
Find the dance floor.
Running a Spirit-led business is different from running it from our own ego or logic. Letting Spirit lead means learning to go within, without letting our subconscious fears run our lives. Meditation and mindfulness are the keys to the ballroom. A life of meaning and joy starts with the awareness of when we are acting out of fear as opposed to joy or love — then consciously choosing joy instead. This first step is often started and abandoned (in some cases, many times) before being picked up again. It isn’t comfortable to see ourselves in our fear and pain, but I can promise you that it is worth the difficulty. The only way I have found joy and fulfillment is through releasing my baggage and fears.
Hear the music.
Once we have found our way onto the dance floor through awareness, we can begin to hear our own true interests and desires calling our attention, like our own personal soundtrack. This might clash with the input we’ve received from society, family, and friends, but by getting in tune with ourselves — and by focusing on our true vision for our business — our own wisdom begins to bubble to the surface. Learning to hear our own music helps us create a more vibrant, abundant business.
Feel the rhythm (and play!).
This is the phase of the journey where we get to start playing, taking action and learning the language of Spirit. Think of those times when synchronicity and coincidence seem to underscore some revelation you have had (and please, share in the comments!). For example, a job offer falls through just when you realize it isn’t the right fit for you, or the stars align and you find the perfect office space in a neighborhood you love. These coincidences are how Spirit communicates with us, even though the “language” is complex and quiet. Learning to use our intuition and follow the signs of Spirit can take time, but by taking action and acknowledging each synchronicity, we will create more of them.
Be open to your Spirit’s lead.
This is a two-way street. Allow for the possibility that your way is not the only way and learn to let go, trusting that Spirit will bring you toward your dreams. Dancing is a give and take, requiring partners to both lead and follow in turn. When things in your path become difficult or disappointing, pay attention. Instead of digging in your heels and trying to force the matter, let go and accept that there may be another way to achieve your goal. Allow Spirit to lead you toward the next, most appropriate opportunity.
I will be honest and say that after step 1, this is by far the hardest part. Many an entrepreneur has gotten tripped up and derailed for a while in just this spot — we fall in love with our goals and the plans we have made to achieve them. We become attached to the people and circumstances that we believe are supposed to deliver us to the promised land. And sometimes we don’t see the big picture, that our goals are not meant to be achieved in a single-line journey from point A to point B. While these detours can be disheartening, Spirit will always reroute you toward your dreams and goals if you allow it. By letting go, we allow Spirit to lead the dance for a little while.
Unleash your self-expression.
Two things can happen during the dance with Spirit: First, as we evolve and grow, we can sometimes outgrow our goals or desires; alternately, we might come to depend a little too much on Spirit’s lead, meaning we forget to put our desires back into the dance. Staying in touch with your interests and desires is important. Goals and desires change as we grow, and it is sometimes necessary to update your dreams to better reflect where you are now. Then there are the times we enjoy the experience of Spirit leading us so much that we forget we have to participate too — our business is for us, not Spirit alone, to create. We must put our energy into the mix or we will stop the dance.
When dancing with Spirit, you’ll find there are still plenty of challenges. Luckily, the confusion will diminish and the moments of joy and achievement increase. You will hear the music, feel the rhythm and experience the magical sensation of dance with a partner who only wants the best for you. Life and work become extraordinary.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Laura Rowe, Intuitive Strategist & Spiritual Teacher
Laura serves empaths and lightworkers, guiding them through issues related to livelihood, relationships, and community. She has a background in business operations and a master’s degree in organizational management. She has certifications in Reiki and Theta Healing.