This week, at the Real Life Book Club social, I was on the panel of authentic experts and we were asked, “What was the defining moment when you knew you needed to do something different in your life to move forward in a big way?” I love panels where you don’t know the questions you’ll be asked, because they are an opportunity for me to speak from the heart rather than think through the correct answer.
In 2011 I had been in business full time for about two years. It was a rocky period. I knew I was cut out for being a business owner, but I was struggling in many ways. I met a business coach, Victoria Lynne Hannu, with whom I resonated deeply and jumped right in. She wasn’t your average business coach. Her belief is that we are integrated beings and business vitality is not separate from our health mentally, physically, emotionally or spiritually. The first activity with her was to fill in a “lotus of life” diagram to evaluate myself in 15 categories. The area I self-evaluated the lowest was spirituality. And so I began a journey that quickly unlocked everything.
I know now that one of my core values is connection, and that we are all connected in Oneness. Now it makes sense why I was functioning “sub par” back then. It wasn’t just as if I was walking around with one of my limbs cut off; it was as though my entire core was missing (my soul), which made it nearly impossible to operate in my highest and best. I didn’t feel connected to the religion in which I was raised; in fact, I didn’t feel connected to anything bigger than me. As far as I was concerned, there was no inner voice ‘guidance system’ and there certainly wasn’t a ‘higher power’ to get answers from.
Since beginning my spiritual journey, I have uncovered and learned how to tap into (and trust) my intuition. I started an exploration in self-love, (which will continue the rest of my life). I can tell easily when I am not in flow, and I have tools to help me get back into flow. And so much more. Here’s the cool thing: I’m not “there” because there is no “there” in spirituality; it’s a journey, not a destination. This is really cool, because another one of my core values is fun, which is deeply rooted in adventure, exploration and evolution. New awarenesses and revelations come to me daily, and life is constantly a “Choose Your Own Adventure” story.
Oh, by the way, since I began working with the miraculous “whole life integration” coach, my business has never been the same. I doubled my revenue that year (which keeps increasing), shifted my business model to one that I love, created services that generate astronomical results for my clients, started working 35 hours a week instead of 65, hired staff, and I attract ideal clients over and over again. Thank you Victoria (and yes, she still does private coaching)!
The moral of the story? When you feel like something’s broken, don’t just look at the area that’s broken, look at all aspects of your life. The root cause is almost never coming from the place we think it’s coming from. After all, we are complex, whole, integrated beings, not computerized robots.
What about you? Has there been a time in your life when you thought something particular was “broken”? What did you do? How did you make a change? Please comment below.