I wanted to take a moment and share some experience that I hope will fill you with the power of the promise of luminous moments and excellent tomorrows.
Look. Every one of us has a breaking point. That gut-wrenching moment when we get real with ourselves, and ask, “Is this the life I envisioned?” Perhaps it’s a business that’s overwhelming you, a job turning into burnout, goals left on the back burner or dreams put on a shelf for far too long.
It’s frustrating, yes, but underneath that frustration is an unwavering, burning desire for more. And that’s really good. You’re lucky to be feeling that! Because that feeling can be turned into a powerful beginning. Because “Change can only happen when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of the effort it takes to change.”
So, ask yourself… What price are you paying by not fully committing to your potential? To change. To living in alignment with what you already know you want to be doing? And even more importantly… Ask yourself what life might be like if you didn’t have to settle?
This line of self-inquire requires a relentless commitment to self-care and a deep acknowledgement of self-worth. There’s a story line to reconcile. One that has kept you limited for so long that you’ve slipped into a pattern of steady habituation that may have taken you further away from your goal. Time for a reckoning. Perhaps it’s about time to confront your limits and harness your passion, and propel yourself into some dynamic and transformative action.
What’s your definition of excellence? How about mediocrity? How about joy? What would it take for you to begin redefining your future, pivoting from your breaking point, and intentionally embracing your literally boundless potential? It really is up to you, but I do so urge you to choose you… to bet on YOU. It’s your decision. The difference between stagnation and the breakthrough you’ve been looking for starts with one foot forward. Just one baby step. Followed by another. And then another.
It all comes down to a single, resolute decision. Don’t get stuck looking for the easy way, some ‘feel good’ program, or some simple affirmation to add to your morning routine. Change, Creation – it doesn’t happen with the flip of a switch or the wave of a magic wand, but with real effort – massive action. Sometimes you need to completely re-wire your nervous system and turn your perspective on its head.
I know – how!? I’m ready, but how do I even get started? Well, look. Let me give you a for instance.
Maybe you’ve started a business around a lifelong passion, and you’re struggling to take it to a level that’s going to actually let you create that abundance that you’re wanting, or serve in that capacity that you most desire to serve in.
Or you’ve begun to engage with a physical or spiritual practice in the hopes of unlocking vibrant vitality and waking up in a body that feels strong, healthy, or walking through your day centered and mindful and in harmony with your environment.
And maybe you’re making inroads, but something seems to be eluding you. You’re not making progress as quickly as you think you should. You feel like something’s blocking you and you begin to entertain some fantastical thinking like chakra blockages or maybe you need a good dose of reiki or something.
But I’d like you to consider something. A simple idea that’s practical and approachable.
If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.
In other words, if you’re not living in a smooth synch with life already, intuitively managing your moment to moment, hand in hand with sister Serendipity, then you’re probably like me, planning and making effort and using your body and mind to do the best you can with what you’ve got. And the truth is most people are navigating their lives and businesses and practices and relationships without any kind of map to support their ultimate purpose and outcomes.
So look. Here’s an example of a framework that you might use to immediately run an audit of your business, and therein find a path forward to elevating that business and taking it to the place you want it to be. There are 7 key areas that you want to look at. Take notes.
- Systems, Infrastructure & Operations – Is your operational framework running at peak efficiency? If not, it’s time to streamline and scale up.
- Financial Management – Are your financial decisions driving growth? Understanding the realities of your cash flow is key.
- Sales – Are your sales strategies delivering the results you need? Perhaps it’s time for a new approach.
- Marketing – Is your marketing engaging the right audience? Fine tuning your message can result in more leads and more clients.
- Customer Service – Are your customers becoming repeat clients? Exceptional service turns one-time buyers into loyal patrons.
- Competitive Pressure – Are you working in a saturated market? Are you staying ahead of the competition? Not only are Innovation and adaptability keys to success, but consider what is it that you bring to the table that completely differentiates you from the business next door?
- Economic Environment – Are you prepared to navigate through the ebbs and flows of the economy? Staying informed of economic trends is crucial.
Take a close look at your business in these areas. Be brutally honest with yourself. Where are you excelling, and where can you improve? Then identify one area that needs the most attention and imagine the possibilities if you turned that weakness into a strength. And that’s your mission. Taking this one step will help you to propel your business forward to where you want it to go.
And Remember, growth isn’t a sprint – it’s a marathon. Every choice, every decision and every action matters. But once you start driving towards the goal with intention grounded in practical efficiency and sound thinking, that’s when all of a sudden momentum starts to grow and the entire universe seems to start moving in tandem with your will. It’s funny that way. Kinda miraculous.
And it’s the same for your spiritual practice. It’s the same for your health goals, your relationship goals… This is a game of life enjoyment. A game of impeccability and excellence.
Here’s to yours, and your extraordinary success.
…is a Saiva Tantrika, Gyana Yogi and founder of Uma Maheshwara Yoga & Ayurveda. David has an MA in Semiotics, lives in Japan with his family and works as a coach in L & D, devoting his time to developing science-based tools and programs that help people reach the fullest potential of the human condition.