My ability to connect has dramatically increased since I took money out of the equation. I have always been uncomfortable “selling” and “marketing” even when I put it in the guise of educating.
What do you have if you don’t need/want money?
I am in an odd place in my life where I am not working to make money; I am working to grow myself. I’m no longer coaching, or writing ebooks and courses that teach people about content development. I’m exploring ideas that I need to know, concepts that will change my life. As I discover, I write and share. . It seems to be resonating with others. You are gathering around the work..
In a recent newsletter, Chris Brogan (do subscribe) talked about people “who see service as the highest calling. They thrive by connecting others who should know each other, always without agenda.” “Without an agenda.” Do you realize how freeing that is?! You connect with someone because his or her energy speaks to yours. You help someone because your heart compels you to. You make new friends because they are attracted to the energy you are expressing. How do you do that?
Return to your passion
Why are you doing what you are doing? What called you in the first place? Have you layered over your core place of service with your mind-made goals? Have you lost sight of your passion? You may have to go silent and think about that one.
In retrospect, all my work has been philosophical, a spiritual esoteric search. I immersed myself in holistic work as a Reiki Master Teacher and Certified Bach Flower Counselor. I trained five years to become a Licensed Spiritual Practitioner in the Center for Spiritual Living. My passion is spiritual inquiry and the practical application of what I discover. In all of my work that is at the core. That’s how deep you have to go. What passion underlies everything you do?. What is at the core of the work you do?
Money is not the measure, depth of service is
Only in the past year have I resonated to the word “impact.” As I moved into what I thought had to be retirement, I knew I really longed to be relevant, to make a difference. So I re-defined myself. Where was I as a person? What did I need and want to learn next? There was nothing about how much to earn, it was about what I, personally, needed to learn in order to be the best “me” I could be. I figured if I consciously explored being old, it might be relevant for a few people behind me. There is no agenda for my work other than to discover and share.
The gift that came back
What I didn’t know was how much I would get back. As I share my insights and discoveries, people are responding. I can see where I am touching lives. I am growing increasingly aware of how far-reaching my sharing goes. That is feeding my heart and nourishing my soul. I’m simply putting out “me” and hope what I uncover sheds some light on the path.
The elimination of money as a goal
Two major changes have occurred. Because my focus is on my own desire to sing a deeper song, and since I don’t know exactly what that is, or how to do it, I am definitely NOT in teacher mode. I’m in seeker-explorer mode, off exploring various paths that show up and leaving a few markers along the way. That has changed the way I relate to people I’m simply responding to a need, or a share, or a reflection. I’m not trying to sell anything. Yes, I’d love for people to join the Deeper Song Community because I think that somewhere along the line we are collectively going to do something important. I have no idea what that is. It’s just a feeling. My job right now is to hold up a flame so like-minded people can find this group and gather together.
The power of the collective
The Deeper Song Community is young group of old souls. Each person that joins brings an amazingly unique gift. Our job is to nurture and support each other in touching more lives, in more deeply profound ways. What a community to belong to! What a group to serve with! What a calling to be met…
There is powerful work to be done and it does not involve money.
To Sing a Deeper Song consider:
How Chris Brogan changed my life
Find Your Tribe 1 – When People Don’t Understand Your Passion
Do You Know How You Create Impact