Meet Andrea Rae of Alinga Bodywork. A member of our Power Blogger Team, Andrea hails from Australia and is an expert in mindful business practices.
The Excitement of Launching
When we are getting ready to launch a new blog, a new product, a new website, a new biz or a new part of your biz, typically this is very exciting and you are bubbling over with ideas that you just can't wait to get out in the world. Before you get it out in the world you have to nail down the details of what you are doing, how you are going to do it, who it is for, how much money you are going to charge for it, and when it is going to be the best time to launch. There are a lot of practical details to nail down. Tweet
It is critical to be excited and passionate, this is the fuel for your rocket, but sometimes that excitement can throw you off course. Too much excitement can result in you spinning your wheels, and if the excitement isn't converting into concrete action then your idea is likely to remain an exciting concept twirling in the ether’s but not being realized.
Excitement that is grounded by mindful strategy helps you course correct and get your rocket focused on the goal of a successful launch of your product, blog, or new biz.
Using Visualization as a Strategy to Straighten the Rocket
Athletes use visualization as a way of focusing their attention and energy for success in their chosen sport and they are having a lot of success with the strategy. Visualization is a way of mentally rehearsing game day to help reduce stress and get you locked into the zone. It makes the unfamiliar more familiar and helps you rehearse how you are going to cope with any hiccups along the way. Tweet
The same skill can be converted to visualize the smooth launch of your awesome project. How do you do this?
1) Sit in a comfortable position in your favorite seat or outside in your favorite place.
2) Connect to the core feeling that gets you excited about the project, and begin to visualize the trajectory of your project.
3) Allow yourself to have a soft focus when meditating being open to your inner wisdom, a quiet voice that reassures you, and may whisper suggestions in your ear. When your mind is open the best creative ideas reveal themselves to you.
4) Watch yourself getting things ready, see the people that are either directly helping you or supporting you – support team is important – and watch the scene unfold in your mind by going through the steps in your mind right up until you launch.
5) If you see problems, or hit up against anxiety, be present to that feeling, and make a choice to replay the scene the way you would like it to turn out. Back up, and visualize the scene again taking care of the hiccups or just tweaking the scene to look the way you want it to.
6) Visualize a smooth and successful launch. See the project being well received by everyone. See yourself raising a glass of champagne to celebrate and embrace your success.
7) Take a glimpse even further, beyond the launch. This takes some practice but for some you might get some little glimmers of the way that your project was received, how you responded, and how your peers responded.
8) Come back to the real world and grab a journal and start writing. Write down the details of what you saw even if you didn't completely understand what you saw. Later on you will be able to return to the information you have collected and this distance may help you understand the hidden messages.
Visualization is grounding and can help you get connected to the plan and the excitement. Plan on meditating on the launch at least weekly, even daily if that feels right. This way you have the opportunity refine your vision of the way you would like the launch to turn out.
When we are launching something new, often we get so bogged down with all the details that we can barely see beyond the end of our nose, never mind seeing what it might look like in the end. Visualizing your end game will really help you enjoy the launch, and to get the most out of the experience. It helps you to be more present when at the end of all that hard work you get to see the results of all your hard work.
A down-to-earth native Australian, Andrea Rae founded Alinga Bodywork in 2007 to help clients unlock their inner strength and confidence through spiritual and practical bodywork. Andrea has been an Occupational Therapist since 1994, is an experienced Shiatsu practitioner, a Reiki Master Teacher, and a certified BodyTalk practitioner. Andrea's new blog is called Mindful Mojo Project.
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