Shakespeare for the Heart-Centered Entrepreneur
In ‘The Merchant of Venice,’ Shakespeare wrote: ‘All that glitters is not gold.’ This message often comes into play for heart-centered entrepreneurs seeking to take their business to the next level. For example … there is every kind of online class to help you grow your business including learning (please allow me to be a bit facetious):
- how to become your own genius web master overnight,
- how to give a super-duper teleclass that everyone and their mother will sign up for,
- how to blog effortlessly and win world-wide followers,
- how to drive throngs of people to your web site, and
- how to, how to, how to.
Here are a few clues on discerning whether or not there’s GOLD under the glitter:
- BODY AWARENESS. What was your body’s first reaction to the words and/or visuals on the web site or from the source making the offer? Our body is like a magic dowsing rod. Whether your reaction stems from an old emotional pattern that you haven’t cleaned up yet, or it’s from a current-time, genuine reaction of avoidance, listen. Listen carefully. Even if the opportunity comes recommended by your BFF (best friend forever). Check in with your body and see what it has to say.
- GIVING VOICE. Can you put your reaction into words? Listen to what you say when you talk to your friends/colleagues about the opportunity. Even if it’s something you truly need to learn to take your next business step, even if the instructor/expert is highly regarded in their field, listen. Listen to yourself carefully.
Now, with the information you’ve gathered from listening and voicing, tell yourself the truth. Then, trust the wisdom that’s in your heart and let it be okay to either step back or move forward.
Be willing to hear the answer without your own filters of what you think is spiritually, politically, ecologically, business-wise, or otherwise correct. Listen. Trust. Oh, and for goodness sakes (I tell myself) lighten up!
Until next time …
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