Any endeavour, business or otherwise, calls for faith.
And it’s an odd thing for me to be talking about because faith and I, well, we’ve not had the best relationship.
1. strong or unshakeable belief in something, especially without proof or evidence
2. a specific system of religious beliefs
3. complete confidence or trust in a person, remedy, etc.
4. any set of firmly held principles or beliefs
Let’s start with the word unshakeable. I’m not sure I have unshakeable faith in anything. I blame the part of me that’s a longtime skeptic. It’s in my nature to question everything.
Then there’s definition #2. The impact of a confusing relationship with religion growing up lead me to decline anything remotely related to it ever since, including its jargon.
Moving on to #3. . .complete confidence or trust; whoa, kind of like unshakeable, this one awakens the skeptic!
Last but not least #4, with its firmly held set of principles or beliefs. Hmm, perhaps this one I can relate to.
So what’s got me riffing on faith anyway?
Today was the first day of Summer Camp, where we gathered ’round the virtual campfire and got right to the challenge of launching and growing a business. And not just any business. I’m talking world-changing business.
World. Changing. Business.
I don’t say those words lightly, especially in the online world of over promising and under delivering.
But today on that call with an amazing group of women, this possibility reached out and touched me. No one on the call said those three words, but I heard them as loudly as church bells at midnight.
World changing – starting with your world.
Business – your gift offered to the people you most want to work with; your perfect people and beyond.
These women around the campfire are world-changers, every one of them stepping up.
Do what you love and the money will follow.
I’ve not had much faith in this overused quote, and not because of the quote itself but because of how it’s been simplified and used to cajole and manipulate by so many online gurus promising the 6 figure dream. Gah, makes me gag a little.
Which brings me to a distinction that needs to be made.
There’s you the solopreneur and you the professional (whatever your field of expertise is) and for the sake of your world-changing business, you have got to think of them as two separate entities.
I’ll take you back in time to my own clueless beginnings as an entrepreneur to show you what I mean.
When I discovered the profession of coaching I was ecstatic. I’d finally found my place, and I eagerly rushed in, got myself trained as quickly as possible and launched the business.
No entrepreneurial experience or role models at hand, I mistakenly thought that my skill as a coach would be enough.
Do what you love, right?
Wrong. Big, big wrong.
After a strong start, I learned the hard way that skill in your chosen profession is not enough. I had to develop a business mindset or my dream would die. Let me be really clear – I didn’t want to, I just wanted to coach. But I had to for the sake of my business and dream.
So I did. I got myself a couple of mentors, read everything I could get my hands on, took courses and slowly but surely, that flabby business muscle got stronger.
“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” – Mother Teresa
The money will follow. . .
Sure it will, if you actively go after it, ie: keep your eyes open for opportunity and hustle. H U S T L E.
But will the money follow if all you do is acknowledge your gifts? Not so much.
One definition of genius is “the natural ability or capacity; strong inclination: Synonyms: gift, talent, aptitude, faculty, endowment, predilection; penchant, knack, bent, flair, wizardry.”
Then it follows we are all geniuses in our own way.
But acknowledging this is just the first step. Putting it out there and connecting with your perfect people is step two. And it’s an ongoing step you’ve got to take over and over again, fine tuning and honing your message so that you attract only those people you most want to work with and repel everyone else.
“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
I learned this by paying attention to energy, which sounds woo woo I know, but the truth is everyone is either giving you energy or draining it. Which would you rather work with?
When I got clear last year on who I’m meant to work with my life and business altered in a heartbeat.
All thoughts of target markets and demographics disappeared and my perfect people began showing up.
They all said the same thing – I scared them in some way and that’s why they wanted to work with me.
At first that bothered me – I wanted to help people, not scare them! But one day in conversation I said what I’d been afraid to say before,
“I want people to wake the hell up! There is no someday and I’m going to keep yelling till they hear me!”
In that moment, my lowered tolerance for listening to stories and my heightened appreciation of living life fully became a rallying cry! It didn’t make sense and I was so NOT comfortable with it, but I kept putting it out there anyway.
What has this got to do with faith?
You really have gotta have faith.
Even though I’ve never used the word to describe any aspect of my life and business before, it’s become clear it was faith all along.
Every time I picked myself up after a disappointment. . .faith.
Every time I took on part-time work to keep my dream alive. . .faith.
And every time I had the urge to quit and get a job so life could be easier and didn’t. . .FAITH.
I didn’t know it then, but I sure know it now.
And that’s what I heard on the first call of Summer Camp today.
A little seedling of faith beginning to sprout, ready to be nourished, cherished and kept safe.
Right now at the start of this three month adventure together, that seedling is fragile and these women, amazing as they are, might not have faith in it growing to fruition. That’s ok. I’ll hold that space for them until they’re ready to claim it. And they will be ready.
They will have done the work.
And taken action.
And supported each other beyond what they now know possible.
I am so moved that I get to work with them I can hardly stand it.
And I am so damn proud of the journey that’s lead me here. Twelve years in business has given me everything I need to do this work with these women.
I also realized (yet again) how blessed I am to have attracted Jenny Bones. As partners in this we are a match made in heaven.
And that is also a matter of faith.