Why Your Business Is The Best Spiritual Practice of Your Life
Shannon here with the worst mistake I see conscious business owners make over and over. This is a mistake that not only prevents them from growing their impact in the world – but it guarantees their business is filled with anxiety, stress and overwhelm.
I have to admit – this is something Mark & I noticed coming up early on in our business. And we didn’t realize how much it was costing us – we just thought it was normal for running your own business.
After all, doesn’t running a business mean you’re always putting out fires? Exhausted? Wiped out at the end of the day? Overwhelmed at the beginning of the day with the infinite amount of ‘to-do’s you need to check off? I mean – that’s it, right? Stress and exhaustion are just part of the game – right?
As Mark and I started enrolling not 3 clients in a week, but 30. And as we scaled our team to multiple members and grew our business with lightning speed – when we saw stress sneak in – we just thought it was normal. That is, until Mark had the best Yoga of his life.
How Mark Found Business Enlightenment From The Best Yoga Stretch of His Life…
Mark was doing this insane Yoga stretch, the kind where you feel your eyes popping out of your head, along with any veins you feel you have left. But Mark didn’t stop – he kept stretching. This wasn’t past his comfort zone – it was past the Himalayas of his comfort zone.
I heard his heavy panting, quick screams of pain release and finally – what sounded like an orgasm.
I was working in the other room and let him be. I thought I’d hear the shower go on in a few minutes – but when I listened in, all I heard was dead silence.
30 minutes went by, I heard some foot steps, kept on working, felt like he was behind me – and like the ghost of the Dalai Lama, I saw him standing there in a state I’ve never seen him in before.
He stared at me with this powerful presence, like he saw through me. It was amazing. I stared back – and then he said something I’ll never forget:
“Babe, our business IS our spiritual power. We need to start using it like a spiritual power. Our business is pure f**ing yoga.”
He went on to explain to me how his stretch was so intense – that his meditation afterwards was equally intense. And how our business is doing the exact same thing to us – except we’re not using it how we could.
“We need to feel the stretch and listen to what it’s telling us. Not to be stressed by it, but stretched by it. The more we stretch, the more we grow. We have to use it Babe. Business is the ultimate spiritual power”
You see – everything that’s happening in your business – is stretching you. It’s shaping you. It’s allowing your greatest self to emerge. While most people use that as an excuse to freak out with anxiety – you can use it like a yoga stretch. Feel it, lean into it – and listen to it. What you’ll hear won’t be overwhelm – it will be opportunity. You won’t hear stress – you’ll hear stretch.
After all, if your business feels like it’s ‘stressing you out’ or it’s ‘stretching you forward’ – isn’t that a HUGE difference? If you feel like you’re dealing with ‘overwhelm’ or you’re leveraging an ‘opportunity’ – isn’t that a world of difference?
Maybe you’d like some support to shift from ‘stress’ to ‘stretch’? If you would – we’re now offering a free call how to use your business as the greatest spiritual practice in your life. To claim yours, just email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll schedule a call with you right away.
(For Big Impact University Students, you’ll get this when we cover it on an upcoming call in more detail.)
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