Today is Thanksgiving. Yay! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Today is also the 1-year birthday of my other website: Joyful Work for Sensitive People. Hooray! Happy 1-year Birthday, JWFSP!
The baby-idea for that site started as this blog post. And as I was thinking about the past year, I realized that the birth of JWFSP is a great way for me to gauge progress I’ve made. Hey, growth charts aren’t just for kids. Or New Year’s.
The single best way to figure out how you want to be in the world, and with whom is through self-discovery. It shows you exactly the kinds of things you want to do… the kinds of environments you want to do them in… and what you hope to be remembered for. (You do want a legacy, don’t you?) Without taking the time to get to know yourself, your life is pretty much a crapshoot: maybe you end up with satisfying results, maybe you don’t. I’d rather have strong influence over my odds. And my days.
As a lifelong employee… of someone else… I was very surprised to find my self-discovery process lead me to entrepreneurship. I’ve had so many limiting beliefs to shed, but coming to see myself as the real provider of my life is the most empowering mindset I’ve ever experienced. “Benefits” and “paid vacation” mean something entirely different to me now. I don’t believe an outside authority is better able to feed me than I am. Life is my Source.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m still scared sometimes. But the fear has shifted. Now I’m more scared of what will happen if I keep denying myself full expression. I haven’t let completely go yet, but I don’t want to hold back anymore. I want to greet Life with the wide-open arms It deserves. I’ve got a ways to go — and a job to leap from — but following are some of the discoveries I have made so far.
The great parts.
- Consciousness – Entrepreneurship is an accelerated path of personal growth. It brings your strengths, talents, fears and growing-edges to the surface. To be dealt with. Like, now. There is so little room for B.S. on this path. No wonder I love it so much.
- Creativity – Entrepreneurship is the ultimate vehicle of self-expression. You are Creatrix of it all. The vision. The brand. The clients. The product or service. The message. The niche. The business-model. The money. Everything. Second only to Mommies, Entrepreneurs are the most highly creative and resourceful people on the planet.
- Community – Entrepreneurship (especially when internet-based) brings you into meaningful conversation with like-minded people all over the world. These sacred connections (i.e., YOU!) are quickly becoming my absolute favorite part of it. I love you.
- Confidence – Entrepreneurship reveals leadership skills you never knew you had. Comfort-zone? What’s that? This is a growing-zone, baby. Not that the growing can’t be gentle, but still… it sometimes requires the deft moves of a ninja-monk-warrior-queen.
- Compassion – Entrepreneurship can deepen your care and concern for the world around you. Maybe because it so WILDLY amps up your sense of responsibility and ability. You see that you are impactful, and you get turned on by using that impact to do some good.
- Cash – Entrepreneurship lets you make money on your creativity, curiosity, passion and interests. Money earned this way is juicier and just more right. In every way.
The not-so-great parts (but worth it, anyway).
- Obsession – So far this journey has been a little like falling in love — consuming. My biz-related ideas multiply like bunnies… and I’m driven to (at least try and) implement every one of them… so I “borrow” time from the Sleep and Social sectors… and I only feel tired when I’m not able to Do My Thing… which is to create content and connect with my resonant people. As I’ve said somewhere before, “I want to spread myself thick.” But apparently, single-minded devotion like this has the appearance of imbalanced obsession. Hey, I’m in love ;-)
- Isolation – Most of the people in my off-line life (including my boyfriend) are not nearly as internet-addicted as I am. They see me pouring myself into something, but they’re not really sure what exactly it is. Or they do see, but wonder ‘why that‘? Oh well. Love is to be experienced, not explained.
Self-Discovery + Entrepreneurship.
Learning about my sensory processing sensitivity inspired me to align my outer-life with my inner-core. The very first thing I noticed screaming for alignment was my work. Ahhh, work. This has always been the most challenging and elusive puzzle to me, so I started with it… head-on… using this very detailed, but super-effective 10-Step Action Guide.
The past year has been a lot of learning. A lot of sticking-neck-out. I don’t think I’ve ever been as focused or committed as I am right now. And as a result, I am more clear and less apologetic about my essence. So I’m going to keep working that angle, from the inside-out, until my outer-life rightly reflects what’s going on in these “still” waters. LOL.
How ’bout you? What growth are you especially grateful for today?
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