We all want to break free from the “system”. Our arms are all tired from holding up a system that has failed us miserably. Instead of struggling to hold up a crumbling system, I suggest we all take one little step back and allow it fall of its own weight. The only thing that must change in order for this happen is a change in our beliefs, for that is all the system is really made of... a structure of beliefs. We can start now. and build a new economy based in abundance, sharing and love. The profits of this cannot just be measured in dollars... we profit in every way imaginable.
Here a few simple guidelines to starting a business based on LifeFlow
Follow the Flow of Life
Life is fractal, meaning it works on all levels and benefits All. Simple rules apply to Life. Do no harm, and of course the Golden Rule. To apply this to business is simple, try to offer something (a product, or service) to the world that has only benefits and no drawbacks.
This means the days of profiting or “parasiting” off others misery are over! No more holding back cures so we can profit off treating symptoms and no more holding back “trade secrets” that could benefit humanity for the purpose of benefiting a few. Those days can fade away and we can all be a part of building something that is more beneficial to our own souls as well as beneficial to humanity as a whole.
Follow the Goosebumps...They know the way!
Have you ever had a moment where your body surges with electricity, the hair on your arms stand straight up and you notice your covered in goosebumps? What triggers this is unique to every person. It may be trigger you chose this lifetime to guide your way, a signal to let you know you're on the right path. It is a way to recognize something you Love!
It may be a hobby, a fascination, something you day dream about... but it is something you would do or wish you could do even if nobody paid you to do it. If you had all the time and money in the world what would you be doing today? I don't think any insurance adjusters or mortgage brokers would show up for work if they had that choice. However, that doesn't mean everyone should just quit their jobs and forget their current responsibilities... these changes take time and cultivation to manifest.
We do not have to needlessly need to put ourselves in shock, but to allow a graceful movement toward a new way of living. Once we set our mind to what we wish to create, the world around you will start manifesting pathways toward your new goals. Synchronistic opportunities will arise and the only job we have it to pay attention and act on them when they “show up”.
For further understanding of these concepts, take the time to download this free book... “The Science of Getting Rich” by Wallace Wattles. Written in 1910, Mr. Waddles had an acute understanding that still seems relevant. Rather than focusing on material possessions or acquisition focus on the broader definition of wealth that we are evolving more towards today.
"It is a natural law that like causes always produce like effects. Therefore, any man or woman who learns to do things in this certain way will infallibly get rich."
Wallace D. Wattles,
The Science of Getting Rich, Chapter 2
Invest in Yourself
Devote time to yourself to cultivate your knowledge of area of your expertise. This can be the most natural and fun thing you ever do. Read the books you want to read, take the classes you want to take and practice your skill because you love it!
You may need to continue in a line of work that is supportive to your learning your skill or trade for a while. Starting your own business on the side is a great way to start the momentum towards building a self-sustaining pathway out of the routine work that may be providing for you now. You may never work so hard, and such long hours, but it can eventually pay off.
This is where projects like MicroFlow and crowd funding can help support and give the inertia you need to get started. When we help ourselves, it benefits the world... When we help each other, it benefits the world even faster.
It is not selfish to invest in your own dreams... In fact your happiness is the highest contribution you can ever make to this planet!
Define and Envision what “Success” Means to you
It is time to redirect our attention from what we don't have, to what we DO have. When we do this we naturally begin to focus on abundance rather than scarcity. This makes all the difference! If we are in a constant state of lack we will always feel unsupported and unfulfilled. However, when we are acknowledging the albeit simple graces of life like the air in our lungs, the food on our tables and the blessing of doing what we love everyday, then we can consciously be in gratitude for every moment.
The word “success” is loaded with programming from our collective belief that if you are successful then you must be wealthy. What is wealth really? It is time to reconsider valuing ourselves and others by dollars (or any other form of currency). We can redefine wealth to also mean an abundance of time or freedom, a state of joy and satisfaction and a feeling that you are contributing to the creation of a new paradigm where everyone can feel as lucky as you doing what they love as well.
Share Your Knowledge
In the LifeFlow Model we observe the example of how nature works creating abundant life with seemingly little effort. And then we simply copy and apply those methods to all interactions... including business.
In nature, the Sun is the provider of all energy necessary for life to flourish. It shines without judgment or discrimination equally on all Life, fueling the spark of creation. This can be equated to Knowledge. When we freely share all that we have learned, allowing it to flow and withholding nothing we contribute to the All to mutual benefit.
What would happen if the Sun stopped shining and withheld its light? The same thing that has happened on Earth by us holding onto “trade secrets”... we would stifle the creative spark and be on the road to a slow death by not allowing our ideas to pass on and fuel others. Your knowledge on a certain subject may be the spark someone else has been waiting for to inspire them! Just think of how much more we could all individually learn if knowledge was freely shared.
Withholding knowledge creates dependency, and sharing it creates self-empowerment. Wouldn't we all wish for everyone the same empowerment that we wish for ourselves? Ideas themselves should not be the property of anyone, they belong to the collective (knowing that this is where your “idea” came from in the first place). By sharing ideas you never know who you are going to inspire and where they will build upon the idea by adding their uniqueness and perspective.
Here is a clip of Dan Winter talking about abundance at about 7min mark, but it's all good stuff!
Charge for the “Harvest”
In this model we can now see that the “Fruits” or the “Harvest” is the product of the Sun shining. The product is the tradeable commodity. It can be exchanged for equal value (in currency, or like product). Also, services can be offered to those who wish to trade time, effort or further understanding for equal value.
Take the example of Dan Winter, for instance. He has one of the largest websites of free information in the world, hundreds of free youtube videos and countless radio shows and interviews. He is being what he would call “a shareable wave”. But in order for him to live, pay his bills and continue in his life's work he must, as everyone still must, make some money.
This he does by his products... books, inventions etc. And also by services... appearing and talking at private functions. Everyone can benefit from him for free, and they can also pay for something extra if that is what they choose. Just think of how many people he has inspired by sharing what he has learned and not hoarding the principals behind his inventions to himself. This is the type of balance we can all strive for.
Collaborate Instead of Competing
In a limited system we had the tendency to view others in the same line of work as ourselves as “the competition”. Realizing that everyone is unique and has something new to bring to the table reminds us that no one can do exactly what you do. If we cooperate and share our knowledge with others in the same field of interest it only makes your field as a whole more viable. Build a network of support and education between each other.
This is a way of making inclusivity instead of exclusivity a way of life. The philosophy that states “There is always enough to go around”, is based in abundance. Have faith in yourself that you can offer something in a way that no one else can... by bringing your passion and love into every interaction.
Allow Instead of Forcing
Word of mouth is your biggest asset. This takes time to build momentum but is the solid foundation you wish to establish. It may be tempting to launch an expensive advertising campaign and it may be necessary to jump start things and get the word out at first. But, if this is beyond your means, being patient is much better than being in debt. Think creatively, usually the best ideas are free to implement.
Also, try to avoid negotiating with or persuading potential clients. Set your product or service at a fair price and be willing to walk away from any deal that does not give a fair value trade. You can understand a persons' circumstances and accommodate certain needs, just make sure you never under value yourself for the sake of “getting a job”. If a client seems hesitant to enter into a deal, respect their decision that it is just not right for them... at this time... there is no need to take it personally or to push them beyond their comfort level.
Sometimes, it may be scary if money seems tight and the phone is not ringing off the hook. It is very easy to become reactionary in a state of fear and scarcity. It is best not to take any action while in this state of mind. Instead, take the time to let go of the worry and to cultivate faith. A lull in your business is really the gift of time to do something else for a while that you enjoy. Focus on what you DO have instead of what you don't have. A feeling of abundance will attract more abundance to you... just relax and Know that it is coming.
Allow for Change
If it seems like a “war” or “struggle” recognize sooner than later that you are might want adjust or choose a different path. If you are not excited, and work starts feeling more like a chore and less like a joy to be thankful for, take time to reconnect. Ask yourself why you wanted to do this in the first place? What was the original intention? If you no longer feel like the original intention is viable than ask yourself, What would I rather be doing?
We can change course and adapt mid-flight. Sometimes, just a tweak... and other times a 180 degree course correction. Honor your feelings at all times, your happiness is the indicator. When it is time to change and evolve you will get itchy, restless and not completely content. Change can be fluid, and only has to be as hard as you make it.
Keep it Simple
In the past, if a business wasn't expanding or built into some sort of “empire” then it was considered inconsequential. If your business can support you and your family while you are living your dream, it is of the utmost consequence! Bigger business just means bigger problems. Keep it simple and be happy with a happy life. The result is more time and more freedom... Even though the misconception is these are only things money can buy, the truth is that freedom comes when you let go of the worries of money and do what you love... with love!
A long time ago I made a pact with mother nature that I would support her if she supported me. It has worked! And always put me in the position of faith and trust and in the power of my own manifestation.
I was going to school for horticulture, working full time at a plant nursery and growing water lilies on the side in my free time. Why? because I loved them... to me they were magic and enriched my life. The lilies ended up being my "back door" to balance making a living with Love. My husband showed up as bonus to doing this. He was building ponds... and I was growing the plants! We met because both of us were following our hearts!
We quit our jobs (making other people rich) and set out in our own ventures. We never have been in debt, never advertised, never competed for work and try to create ethical and fair exchange with all interactions. Every time we "worried" about having enough money... as soon as we let go of the worry the phone would ring and money would flow. We have a role in educating the community as well as beautifying it. And never charge for knowledge or consultation, that we freely share.
People call us for consultation because they are frustrated with something in their pond or yard. We go, for free, and the first thing we tell them is how to fix it themselves. 9 out of 10 times they want us to fix it for them, and that's where we charge. But we have given them a higher understanding of their situation and the natural principals behind it and they appreciate that. The 1 out of 10 who does it themselves is so grateful... And we have established trust and a relationship. They usually call us back for something else, and even if they don't, one more person out there enjoying their pond, instead of being frustrated is good for everyone!
The idea is the knowledge is free (like the sun shines, giving energy to all). And the "harvest" of the sun shining is what is fair to monetize or trade. It becomes the service or product. A lot of times people give us more than we ask for when work is complete! If we have no work for the day, we just take the opportunity to work on our own projects and enjoy life knowing that more work is coming.
We have had to redefine what it means to be successful. (For example, we live in a 40 yr old trailer home and yet feel everyday like the wealthiest people on earth.) We have no desire to "get rich" and thus keep everything small and simple. I now have the freedom to go to work if I choose, or stay home and watch LOTR depending on how I feel that day. And when we work, it doesn't feel like "work".... Let's just say if the reset happened tomorrow it wouldn't change much for us, we would continue doing what Love. But, I would love to not have to charge anything for what we do, and it would change the world around us hopefully by allowing others to permission themselves the same freedom.
This is my hope for all people on earth, this feeling of freedom, of being supported, of abundance. Everyone deserves it and everyone is capable of it. But how do we teach or share this? We really can't, we just have to allow people to walk through the steps just as we have redefining their own relationship to money and definitions of abundance.