Act from Energy

Mind  always thinks in terms of purpose, profit, utility.

images-26When mind disappears, action does not disappear, activity disappears –and there is a great difference between the two.

Activity has utility; action is pure joy, pure beauty.

You act not because something has to be achieved; you act because action is a dance, is a song.

You act because you are so full of energy ~Osho

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7 Business Plan Mistakes

1. Misunderstanding the purpose: it’s the planning journey that matters, not just the document Planning is a process of setting goals and establishing specific measures of progress, then tracking your progress and following up with course corrections. The plan itself is just the first step; it is reviewed and revised often. Don’t even print it unless you absolutely have to. Leave it on a digital network instead.

2. Doing it in one big push: do it in pieces and steps The plan is a set of connected modules, like blocks. Start anywhere and get going. Do the part that interests you most, or the part that provides the most immediate benefit. That might be strategy, concepts, target markets, business offerings, projections, mantra, vision, whatever. . . just get going.

3. Finishing your plan: your plan is living If your plan is done, then your business is done. That most recent version is just a snapshot of what the plan was then. It should always be alive and changing to reflect changing assumptions & feedback from all levels of your environment.

4. Hiding your plan: be transparent as possible Use common sense about what details you share, keeping some information, such as individual salaries, confidential. But do share the vision, goals and measurements, using the planning to build team spirit, peer collaboration and ventures.

5. Confusing cash with profits: understand both There’s a huge difference between the two. Profits are an accounting concept; cash is money in the bank. You don’t pay your bills with profits. Make sure you take the time to forecast realistically  – this usually means you will have to take the time to throughly understand expenses, cash and profits.

6. Diluting your priorities: pick a few and complete them A plan that stresses three or four priorities is a plan with focus and power. People can understand three or four main points. A plan that lists 20 priorities doesn’t really have any.

7. Sweating the details : having a strategy does not mean you don’t have faith Details are important, especially in the beginning, but remember that your plan is fundamentally an invitation to the universe to play with you. Make it a priority to take the time to breath deeply, meditate and connect with your inner strength & guidance. This will allow you to not get caught up in anxiety & control.

Sourced from Tim Berry entrepreneur.com

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Commune with your Customers

When you deliver a product or service, you are participating in a shared reality that exists between you and your customers. There is an intimate agreement about the shared reality.  There is trust and communication about the mutual benefits of your interchange.

This is communion; a sharing of spirit.

Within the space of communion, there is a natural evolution that is set in motion. It is a given that this evolution is a growth process for both you and your customers. Consider approaching the development and delivery of your products and services with a conscious commitment to evoke evolution and transformation.

Any evolution is a process; a growth pattern. You set the evolution in motion by fulfilling a specific need or desire for your customer. From that point forward, you are in a unique position to evoke evolution. When you evoke, you go beyond simply participating in the reality between you and your customer, to deeply influencing (impressing) upon the reality.

In order to evoke vs. participate, add an element to each and every one of your products & services that meets not only the immediate desire of your customer, but a “higher desire” as well.  Always reflect back to your customer a vision of their highest self.

Using Apple as an example, if you are selling “M” laptops (aka Macs), delivering with the clear message that your customer has everything to do with why this laptop is so fantastic, meets a higher-desire recognition that “M” laptop users are smart and savvy. When your “M” laptop customer configures their laptop, invite them to join an on-line community of smart and savvy “M” laptop users. These higher desire attributes impress upon the growth pattern of evolution –deepening the relationship with your customer, as well as evoking qualities of co-creation, self-esteem and community.

Think of your products & services as an invitation to an intimate interchange with your customer vs. an exchange –this is the access to communion. An interchange is spirit-to-spirit vs. an ego-to-ego exchange.

If you choose to hold and maintain the interchange of communion with sacred gloves, you impress upon the evolution implicit in communion. Impressing with loving consciousness is the opportunity to influence the highest evolution for business, the planet, and humanity.

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Expand Your View

In all of your business endeavors, always remember your physical set of eyes, as well as your spiritual set of eyes.

With your physical eyes you see the material world and act accordingly, based on what you see. Typically, this is the set of eyes we use when we plan and take actions in our businesses.

But, as we all know, there is more to life than the material world.

With your spiritual eyes, you can see beyond appearances. Instead of allowing appearances to determine what you think is real and reacting to it, you can decide what is beyond the appearance and calmly continue to invoke what you choose. This practice permits the real you to come forth.

Every time you choose to act from a balanced perspective of both material and spiritual, every time you invoke rather than react, every time you choose love over fear –you get closer and closer to the real you and the real world. By doing so, you cause a change in what you see.

As you align more and more with the real you and the real world, this higher reality will permeate and expand all aspects of your business,

and your life.

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Plan & Let Go

Fundamentally, planning is about creating the steps between a current situation and a chosen future.  To paraphrase Julia Cameron, who so brilliantly addresses our creative urge in The Artist’s Way we are compelled because we are ourselves creations; infused with an indwelling creative force. Creative energy is a gift – we are meant to design new creations as a gift back. Refusal to do so is counter to our true nature.

We intuitively know how to form creative energy into a structure that has the potential to attract what we need and desire. Steps are taken; energy turns into form i.e. a spider spins a web, an entrepreneur writes a business plan.  Often, frustration occurs when as soon as the structure is designed, we continue to expect specific linear results (hello ego!) and become lost and identified with goals and the structure itself. How can we relax when our structure demands that there are customers to capture, products to be sold, and bills to be paid?

One option is to go after our targets no matter what – stomping over competitors and employees, short-changing or deceiving customers, destroying the planet and ignoring our values.  Another option is to recognize and get over the fact that after we plan what we want, the specific linear results from specific actions phase is over.

Evolving business concepts proactively interweave attention and action.  When we design frameworks, it is natural that not only will some success show up, but external resistance and internal doubt will also arise.   Once the structure is intact, it is imperative to to be attentive, enthralled, fascinated, and non-judgmental about EVERYTHING that shows up in our web.  We must then be willing to intervene if necessary, let go and modify external actions with the feedback we have received from the universe / environment.  We also must be willing to acknowledge and clean-up, to the best of our ability, fear and doubt that may arise within ourselves and our team.

Planning and letting go is the equivalent of ego and sacred attention working together- ensuring honorable, joyful, and sustainable bottom-lines.

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Shiny & New

Many years ago, when I ran a tax and bookkeeping service, this time of year brought budgets, ledger reviews, and reconciliations. I worked with many small business owners helping them to organize, categorize, and refresh. There is a beauty in this process that starts the tangible completion of the year and a natural fresh-start.

Take a minute and list the top 5 things that come to mind in terms of what it would take to polish your business finances. Think of the finance aspect of your business as a snow globe and polish it up….give it some attention….make it shiny….so that the vision you have for 2012 can be clearly viewed.

Here’s mine:

1. Enter all accumulated receipts into check register and update budget
2. Make sure transfer deposit gets made
3. Burn a 7-day candle to release ANY and ALL past mistakes regarding money
4. Block time on 2012 calendar to complete 2011 books and taxes
5. Take a walk and focus on gratitude for all my needs being met PLUS in 2011

Be spontaneous when you create your list AND also be spontaneous in what shows up for you these next few weeks regarding completing and polishing your finances…..play, have fun, and sit-down-and-do-whatever-you-need-to-do.

Allow and prepare to receive your expectations and beyond.

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Infatuate your customers

Everyone has had some experience of infatuation and the changes it brings. It can take you beyond the mundane, rising you above ordinary concern –making everything appear bright and new.

Infatuation is a gateway to expanded awareness.

I remember when my father began dating again after a painful divorce from my mother.  I knew he was falling in love, with the woman who would become my stepmother, when he commented on how pretty my earrings were one day at lunch — seriously, this was over 10 years ago and I still remember the moment because it was so out-of-the-ordinary for him to make a comment #1 about what I looked like and #2 about something so minuscule as earrings!

The deep quality of awareness accessible thru infatuation allows you to view from the heart and unconditionally share yourself with those around you.

Are you infatuated with your clients and vice-versa? When the quality of infatuation is present, it allows YOU to access your own extraordinariness, deliver profoundly, and fulfill deeply –thus ensuring continuous, profound relationships with your customers.

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The Strategy Stream Program is an opportunity to grow and build a business that is successful and prosperous with results that resonate with your authentic self.

When you operate from your authentic self in all aspects of your business, your business naturally becomes

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When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy ~Rumi

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