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.
When we launch and run a small business, we are showing to the world something that is very important to us, and we make ourselves vulnerable in doing this. As a matter of course, our internal world – beliefs, emotions, judgments, past experiences, expectations – are activated resulting in an internal popcorn machine which can be distracting when trying to run a business. Afterall, we just want to get on with the business of being successful, right? We don't need this unnecessary distraction.
The reality is that until we confront some aspects of our unconscious world, we can become stuck, and as a business owner, stuck means we are not as successful as we would really like to be. (Tweet this tidbit!)
Belief in Success
Can I really succeed? Am I the 'type' to succeed? Do I need to be popular to succeed? Am I worthy of success? How will success change my life? Will people like me if I am uber successful? How will people respond if I am a powerful woman owning my talents and skills as a business owner, owning my power? If I'm powerful and successful won't people think I am obnoxious and self-aggrandizing?
Beliefs influence how we feel on a daily basis. They are the filter through which all our experiences pass. If we receive a compliment for the great work we are doing, that compliment passes through several filters in the form of beliefs. Am I worthy? I'm not really as good as she is saying. There are a lot of people doing much better work. By the time our psyche is done with it, the compliment is mince meat, shredded and destroyed.
A lot of people ignore critical inner voices, but to not deal with the voice is paramount to not confronting the issue. Being a Power Chick, I think that we are all about confronting the issue rather than giving a pass to toxic inner influences. (Tweet this tidbit!)
When you confront this negative part, the argument the negative voice presents often isn't very substantial. Ask this part of you some questions: Why is it bad for me to be powerful and successful? Who does it hurt for me to be successful? Why is it bad for me to be in my passion, expressing this to the world?
The inner critical voice is representative of a part of you that is afraid of the magnitude of you being a successful entrepreneur. This inner voice is trying to protect you in its own way.
Take the time to confront this inner part of you. Explore what underlying unconscious beliefs are within you. You can do this by taking time to meditate on your success as a business owner. Set the intention to notice what you are saying to yourself. Have a journal nearby to take notes and write it all down, verbatim, and then come back to it later to see what you have been saying to yourself that you weren't consciously aware of.
Taking care of these unconscious elements is empowering. Having the courage to confront these parts allows you to reclaim your power and to release hidden fears that have been dominating you. It frees you to own your power to succeed!
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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