How do you tune in? Do you have a feeling in your gut, your chest, your head? Do you hear words or sounds or see color?
These things are your road map for a better life. If you don’t follow the signs, you can end up depressed, frustrated, and deeply unhappy. If you do follow them, you’re on the road to life that’s more fulfilling and happier and exciting.
I’ve been talking about marketing yourself, your business, and your books and I firmly believe that writers need to do that. We have to let people know about what we do. But I’m a terrible follower in this case. I’m much more in the camp of telling, not showing. So I resolved to do something about it and I contacted a marketing coach and had a conversation. She asked about me and my business and what kinds of marketing I’ve used and I gave ridiculously brief answers. It was painful to talk about me. I just wanted her to solve the problem and tell me what to do. Through her patience and questioning she finally got enough information and told me that I needed to find my “why”—what’s driving me to want more customers? What will I do with the increase in money? What happens after I pay the bills and have some money left over. In other words, what do I want?
I couldn’t answer her. I blanked. We ended the call with her telling me about her programs and she suggested I think it over and get back to her in a few days.
The whole conversation felt like moving through sludge. I wasn’t at all excited. I figured she could help me if I was willing to do the work, but was I any more willing now than before?
Shortly after that call I tuned into a webinar about financial freedom from a spiritual perspective, using the elements to help you create and maintain balance in your life. From the beginning, I was captivated with the tone of the speaker and the information that was shared. My being lit up, and that warm, bubbly feeling flowed through me. I was excited! And before the webinar ended I signed up for the program.
What a difference in those two calls.
The sludgy feeling I had in the marketing call was my intuition telling me this wasn’t right. There was nothing wrong with the marketing coach or her program. I know she’s wonderful. Other people have used her and find her amazing. But she’s not for me. And the warm, bubbly feeling of joy and lightness I had with the financial freedom program was a clear sign that it was a fit.
We’re meant to have fun, to be filled with joy, to do what we love. Work can be play if it excites you and makes you feel good. So, are you tuning in? What are you feeling or hearing? Your intuition is there for you, pointing the way. Take its advice.