I’m so blessed. Really I am.
After a year of seeking a certain kind of abundance, I find myself surrounded by riches beyond my imagining. And for that I want to officially thank the Divine Universe.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned that I have by the bucket-load, it’s inner strength. The capacity to do and be more than I ever thought possible.
That said, I’m going to backtrack a bit.
When I first started this blog, back in July, I wrote about the importance of being comfortable. Of course, that was important at that time, because I was swimming in new waters. Exploring completely unknown territory, and needing some sense of familiarity to keep me from feeling lost, or like I was drowning.
It became quickly apparent through the Fall, that the new structures I’d put into place were not having the effects I’d hoped for (more clients). I may be talking about my business, but these same words come out of the mouths of the women who seek my holistic health services.
They cut out the carbs and do some yoga, but those extra pounds refuse to leave. They still have to drag themselves out of bed in the morning, or they’re still curled up in pain every month.
From either perspective, we’re still working from the idea that if we build it (superficial structures), they (desired results) will come.
Fortunately, I had the presence of mind to find myself a business coach to help me rethink those structures and get me back on track. What I hadn’t expected was that it would be hard.
Ok, the tasks themselves aren’t difficult – in fact, they’re dead simple. What surprised me was the resistance. My laser of a coach was zoning right in on the parts I’d been systematically avoiding for the last 6 months, and my inner toddler, close to tears, stamping her feet, screamed, “I don’t wanna do that!”
The coach was asking me to take a step outside of my comfort zone. Because I blogged about this topic in the summer as well, you’d think I’d done this already – which I did! Honest! The fact is, to grow, you need to do it again & again. They don’t call it growing pains for nothing.
Not surprisingly – because the Universe likes to send messages in multiple formats to make sure you get them – I had a similar experience with one of my clients last month.
She prefaced our session with, “I still haven’t achieved X.” We then spoke for the full 75 minutes about where she’s stuck, what she has accomplished, and me giving her several ideas for where to go next. At the end of which, she said, “I don’t feel like I’ve gotten anything today.”
Fact is, she was in such a state of resistance, she hadn’t heard anything I’d said – her mind hadn’t allowed it in. Her heart hadn’t received it, nor the gratifying “A-Ha!” that usually accompanies her shifts.
(The happy ending to that story is that I bumped into her the other day, and she told me she’d tried what I’d said, and it helped.)
Of course, I want my clients to feel comfortable and secure during our sessions. However, it’s also my job to nudge you towards new sections of the road you’ve not considered, or that you’re sidestepping because they’re dark and seems to have a dangerous drop off one side. It’s why women hire me. I’m here to light the way and hold your hand.
Which is exactly what my business coach (my homeopath, my yoga teacher, my husband,…and, well, life really) is (are) there to do.
And how does inner strength fit in here? It shows up as the commitment to the intention, as the core that holds me firm when I’m out on a limb.
It’s all part of the Sustainable Expansion I’m going for in 2014.
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One result of my work with the biz coach is that I’ve opened my doors to give free 30-minute initial consults. It’s a way of diving in and asking you to examine what’s working for you healthwise, what isn’t, and seeing if there’s a way that I can guide you to a new level of vitality.
The one catch is that it would require you to climb up out of that comfortable rut to see what’s possible.
If you have questions, or to set up a time together, click here.
Other than that, I’d love to hear, in the comments below, the ways that you’ve already stepped out of your comfort zone (in any area of your life) and been pleased with what you discovered there.
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Lovely post Cathy! Being an introvert, conducting group sessions and having a Radio Show pushed me out of my comfort zone. It was draining at first, but the more classes I taught, the more comfortable I became. Sometimes you just have to take a plunge.
Yes, teaching has been a good one to get me out of my own head, as well. Really helps to solidify what I’m trying to convey. Good job on the radio show, Denise.
beautiful post, cathy. and oh-so-true. i loved the way you portrayed your own struggles through your clients’ eyes. i have a personal sticking point that i’ve been resisting as well. time to push through.
Push is a good word to have used here, April – sometimes we need to exert at least as much effort as the resistance to get through.
Great post Cathy! I wholeheartedly believe that the universe keeps sending us messages until we have received them or learned the lessons we need to. Thank you for sharing your client’s story…it must have felt great to learn that she did download your advice and then put it into practice.
Yes, Susie…makes me realize how good it must make the Universe feel when I heed its calls to me. 🙂
This is wonderful Cathy! I love the accountability piece of it.
I love this Cathy! This is going to be your year – – look at what you’ve already accomplished by noticing your own blocks and how it helps you to grow as a person and as a coach for your clients. I’ve noticed that when I grow, my clients grow b/c I can see more clearly what they are doing (because I was probably doing it not too long ago). Great post. Very motivating and exciting! 🙂
Thank you, Krista. I agree – and really the whole idea behind the Hippocrates’ principle (medicine & naturopathy) of “Healer, heal Thyself”.
Not surprisingly – because the Universe likes to send messages in multiple formats to make sure you get them –
This is so true… I am so in love with the fact that you were open to receiving the mesages in different ways. Some people learn through pain, experience, joy, gratitude, loss, I mean… anything. I have recently stepped out of my comfort zone and started a daily blog. It is outside of my comfort zone because as my list builds, I am aware that not only do I need to keep my word to myself, but there there are many people now that are in expectation that I will be my word and deliver. Scary, yes. IMPOSSIBLE, NO. That is where courage comes in! Thank you for this post! Keep growing out!
Great commitment! Never hurts to have that wee bit of accountability to keep you real.