Category: Spiritual Growth

The Three Commitments to Business Success

Focus – Action – Finish

This newsletter is taken from one I wrote in January 2009.  There have been three separate trips to the USA and each trip bought deep spiritual and physical growth for me.

When I meet people in person they always tell me they love how much my stories have inspired them so I’ll share the ups and downs of the trips throughout the series.  It seems unfair that you miss out on some of these adventures simply because you weren’t there in real time.  I also share them so you can see some of what I’ve been through and I trust it helps you to see that business success doesn’t come from sitting on your duff.  It happens when you step up and make it happen.

This story was written as I was sitting at Los Angeles airport chewing my way through the snacks in the Red Carpet Lounge.  There was an eight hour layover as I patiently awaited my flight back to Melbourne later that night. YAY – 15 hours in a plane!

The adventure started with a 10 day Vipassana silent meditation retreat on an island off Seattle on the 19th of December 2007.  It was a kids summer camp in the winter and it rained A LOT!  Yes, I can confirm that I can stay silent for 10 whole days – a miracle for those of you who know me well.

That would be enough challenge for a normal person but oh no I went onto a second challenge during the first few days of 2008.  I completed an extreme experience outside Durango in the Colorado Rockies.  Each day we had no idea where we were going or what we were doing.  Each day we only knew our pick up point, what to wear & what food we needed.

It was a radical experience designed to make us understand exactly who we really were.  The majesty of those mountains sorts you out in a few short days.  One day thirteen of us hiked from 7,000 feet UP to 8,000 feet in a serious snow storm and that was one of the easier days emotionally!

Each day the experiences were different and designed to challenge us on four levels:

  1. Physical
  2. Spiritual
  3. Financial
  4. Relational

I won hands down on spiritual but the other three quite honestly challenged me because there were some serious players on the tour.

The thing you need to know about me is that I’m not an “outdoorsie” type.  My baseline is “is there a flushing toilet?”  No flushing toilet and I’m not there.  Well I got to the top of that bloody mountain and guess what – yep, not only no flushing toilet but it was this stinking horrible tin can in the ground, I can’t even describe what was on the floor and I had about 15 layers of ski gear on.  I was not happy, but somewhere in that level of discomfort, something inside you shifts at a cellular level and breaks you through to another layer of business success.

On this trip I was definitely the under dog when it came to business success.

Most of the participants were millionaires in their own right.  I’ve been told a hundred times over to hang out with people more successful than me and to push myself past my known boundaries and let me tell you it works, but it did make me VERY uncomfortable at times!

At one point crossing to get to a sacred site they made us walk over an icy track the size of a footpath with an 8,000 foot drop either side, and nothing to grab if you slipped.  It is one of the most dangerous situations I’ve ever been in and I’ve never been that close to having my actions, or lack of them, result in death.  This exercise was designed to teach us that in business there is little room for error, or lack of focus.

I can honestly tell you there was NOTHING else on my mind as I intently focused and put one tentative foot in front of the other.

It made me realise that one of the things most people building a small heart centred business lack (and I include myself here) is FOCUS.

Think about it, how many times have you focused on your business like your life truly depended on it?

We are great at the things we like to do, such as learning and studying our craft, and we are gazillionaires at sitting around talking about our respective modalities but when it comes to things like money or promoting our services we are paupers.  We become all flaky and full of excuses why we can’t have the success and we avoid the correct actions necessary to achieve the success we deserve and desire.

I’ve heard every justification under the sun from therapists excusing their lack of action.  I’ve made those same excuses myself in the past but you know what – we don’t help people while we are making excuses.  Excuses keep us out of our practice and in denial of the gifts and talents we spent all those long years learning.  In fact we thumb our noses at the higher sources that granted us those gifts so we could help others on the planet who are in pain or suffering or are stressed out to the max.

I met four amazing Native American Indians on this trip, one them is described as the last of the “old ones”.  I swear when I looked into this man’s eyes his energy would have knocked me back into the chair had he not been holding onto my hand.  To be in the presence of a healer of his magnitude brings tears to my eyes just thinking about him.  It was truly an honour to be in the presence of such greatness but his strength was held with the grace of an angel.

The thing that amazed me the most was that as soon as we met these amazing medicine men, they just started to talk and they talked and they talked about their craft, about their people about their wonderful medicine techniques, about their family, their children, about the people they have helped. They tell riveting stories of their ancestors and of the rituals they go through every year to thank Mother Earth and Father Sky who nourish and protect them.

The wisdom of these people oozes out of every cell in their body and they are fiercely proud of what they know.  They cherish the amount of time they have taken to learn this knowledge, in all instances that wisdom has been acquired over many lifetimes.  They are constantly learning and improving but what struck me most is that they are not shy or reserved in any way about telling a captive audience how much they know or how good they are at what they do.  They certainly aren’t full of themselves, or they certainly aren’t skiting or hard selling anything.  In fact their humility is overwhelming.

They are merely telling stories and sharing their knowledge and they do it with pride & perfect commitment to the people they heal.

So why then do we shy away from sharing what we do with people.  Why are we programmed to not shine our light when the people who invented this stuff are not shy or backwards in telling people who want to know about what they do?  Why do we continue to hide from our greatness?

To be able to share your message with others like these wonderful medicine men is really important.  To share your greatness is a gift and the ability to share can be learned.

They aren’t pushy and salesy

They simply weave their greatness into stories so compelling you can’t but help want to listen.  This is a massive clue for you as you go out to promote yourself and your business.  Stories will keep people involved way more than sales.  After all you’re still here reading this story!

Greatness means different things to different people.  It doesn’t matter  if you want to help 10 or 10,000 people every year.  What matters is that you achieve your targets and actually help as many people as you are meant to.  The only way you can do that is if you can adequately describe what you can do for people.

As I sit here understanding that my business is now truly international particularly as I’m writing to you from LAX – it makes me understand how far I have come and what I had to go through to get the courage to speak out.  As I realise I have been able to do it, that makes me even more committed this year to help you do much better in your practices.

As those who have encountered me know I am pretty darn serious about what I do but on this trip I realised I had been playing a small game.   Colorado transformed me from a person who was really only trudging around a hill to someone who could literally soar up a massive new mountain.

A few months earlier, I nearly missed out on being part of this trip because I went into FEAR.  The trip cost an arm and a leg and a couple of torsos too but I knew I needed help and after years of procrastination & listening to sensible advice from myself and others not to go, I finally got the guts to just get on the plane. I am so pleased I found the courage and strength to eventually join the tour because words cannot adequately describe the beauty and the sacred energy of the mountains and people that constantly surrounded me.

You can get these experiences at home too – all you need to do is to get really committed.

The magic and adventure will occur when you commit.

There is no excuse for not being all the best you can be this year, all you have to do is step up and get focused on helping as many people as you can.  Because that is the bottom line here, the more you overcome your fears, the more people you will help…….. and isn’t that why you trained to be a natural therapist?

I nearly didn’t go on that walk up the mountain that day because I believed my lack of “outdoorsiness” would see me cross the line last AGAIN!  At school the teacher used to shout in front of the class as I ALWAYS ran across the finish line – “AND HERE COME BEATLE-BOMB”.

Something within me chose to take a risk and go.  I finished fourth!  Not because I was fast, but because I just kept going.  When everyone else stopped for a break I just kept going.  My body hurt so much that I knew if I stopped I wouldn’t get back up again and would have to be carried off the mountain.  So I just kept going.

My new mantra after that climb up the mountainside is ***FOCUS, ACTION, FINISH***

The one thing I learnt trudging up that mountain in minus three degrees, as snow piles formed on my head and shoulders, was that success comes with focus.

I believe we all have a finisher within.  We can chose to sit on the sidelines and watch everyone else run over the finish line without us.  We can keep our dreams small, we can continue telling ourselves we are not good enough, don’t have enough experience, and who would want to listen to us anyway.  We can keep saying those things, or you can chose to believe positive things about your abilities.

No matter what unkind things people have said to you in past, you don’t have to be that person now.  The past doesn’t equal the future.  Maybe I’ll never run a minute mile, but I know if I just put one foot in front of the other, I can beat anything that’s put in front of me.

I Was The Only One Who Heard The Mountain Sing

That day as I trudged up the mountain on my own, the mountain started to sing to.  It was the most amazing sound I’ve ever heard.

When we got to the top I excitedly asked the others if they’d heard it.  They looked at me weird and kept on talking.  I just smiled because deep within I knew they hadn’t heard because they were too busy crapping on about nothing all the way up the mountain.

The mountain man who led us on the journey up the mountain took me aside later in the day and told me that I’d heard the voices of his ancestors.  He said they don’t speak to many.

I felt very happy I’d spilt from the crowd and given myself the opportunity to experience something very special AND for the first time ever to be the unlikely finisher.

Are you an unlikely finisher?

I’d like to bet you are.  All you need to do is to believe in yourself and just keep going.

If you focus on what you want to achieve, take the correct action, get the correct resources and then don’t stop until you finish, you will succeed.

The only way to keep getting better is to push yourself past your limits and to learn from others who have walked the path before you.  Just like that famous slogan says “Just Do It” and then FOCUS – ACTION – FINISH!

Three Dead Mice, See How They Float!

RIPx3Yesterday morning I found three dead mice in the pool!

I could be heard all over the neighbourhood screaming “three dead mice in the pool ……. not in the contract, not in the contract”.

It was very funny and luckily the owner, who thought I’d fallen IN the pool because there was so much noise, was still here so he could scoop the soggy, perfectly lined up nursery rhyme characters, out of the pool and unceremoniously dump them in the paddock.

He kept saying, we’ve never had that before, so the message was obviously for me!

On the same day I learned about gecko poop and the perfect little white dot that appears on every deposit left on top of the outdoor dining table.

Most certainly the animal spirits were on my case!

This morning I did a bit Google-ing about the spiritual meaning of geckos and mice and it seems there is no “co-incidence” that I decided to listen to my Tony Robbins tapes about goal setting on my recent three day road trip.

Goal setting is very spiritual

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Since re-listening to the tapes again over the weekend I began to tap further into the fact that goal setting is very spiritual.

I’ve never considered that before.

Basically our goals reflect our deepest desires.

The word desire comes from the latin root “of the father”.

If we look at the word in it’s higher context, then the desire for what we want must be seeded, channelled or fathered by our higher source, whatever that is for each individual.

It became easier for me to understand when I split the word into De-SIRE – like “to sire”, the way a male horse is described in racing circles.

If our creativity, ideas etc are all “fathered” or “sired” from that higher part of us that is divine pure love, then it transpires that our goals and desires must be “de-sired” from the same source and are very sacred.

It is also very masculine energy so it is very important that we find ways within the divine feminine to balance the high levels of yang within the goal setting process.

The higher meaning in the word was enough to shift my whole way of thinking about goal setting.

It isn’t always about stuff

The traditional goal setting of just getting “more and more stuff” doesn’t really appeal to someone who can fit all her possessions in a 3 x 3 x 3 container and would still have room to park her car in there …. if she was allowed!

Goals about contribution and giving make sense

It makes much more sense to me to be creating a life and world where we are giving and encouraging people to “be more” rather than “get more”. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t stop wanting to have more physical abundance, because with more money you can do a whole lot more contributing than you can without it.

There has to be balance

When you are poor you are so focused on everyday survival, you have very little left in the tank to give generously to others. Therefore it is important to have some “get” goals or you can’t “give”.

There can be guilt associated with goal setting

I can remember a good friend accusing me of “being greedy” for evoking the parking angel and “wishing up” car parks where ever I wanted one. When you view the spiritual link to goal setting, we will automatically have the best available to us, so why would wanting the best be wrong?

I’m currently housesitting in an beautiful home in a tropical paradise with a pool, spa and staff who keep it all good. All I have to do is scoop the leaves off the top of the pool each morning and deal with anything unforeseen that drops in the pool overnight!

Someone was always going to be here. Why wouldn’t it be me?

It is probably the same for you if you are of service to the world, why shouldn’t you de-serve to have the best of every situation?

It’s all about respect

When our goals and desires are treated in a very respectful way and really tap into what we truly want, then we are at one with the universe.

Makes sense if we are tapping that universal flow, then our goals will become much easier to achieve.

Walk In Courageous TrustIt’s all about trust

In the crazy up and down world of trust I live in now, I’ve come to understand that now more than ever our thoughts and words are simply the parking angel of life. We can chose the best or worst situation for ourselves. It just takes a bit of guts to take the leaps of faith and deal with the aftermath of the decision, so you can align up to what you truly desire.

It’s about finding the right goals for YOU and no one else

If you are interested in working on your goals, getting your planning done and catching your dreams and putting them into action, then my Planning For YOUR Success program may be just what you need.  You can check it out here

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Are you working on something that needs to get implemented …. but it’s not happening

When you shine white light through a prism, you get a rainbow …… right?

Imagine how taking on the energy of a prism could help you find your rainbow’s pot of gold.

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I believe your rainbow needs to contain Seven Core Essential Refractionary Success Elements: Pink Floyd were most definitely carrying the Seven Core Essential Elements when Dark Side of the Moon became their first #1 album in the USA.  They are:

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Even if you aren’t old enough to remember the iconic 70’s Pink Floyd album, the iconic image of the prism will be familiar.  I recently read an interesting blog post that stated it took the band 3 minutes to decide on that cover.

The band knew the power of the image and the designer the late Storm Thorgerson stated:

“No amount of cajoling would get them to consider any other contender,
nor endure further explanation of the prism, or how exactly it might look.
‘That’s it,’ they said in unison, ‘we’ve got to get back to real work,’
and returned forthwith to the studio upstairs.”

The success of the album lay in those final eight words – “we’ve got to get back to the real work”.

The band were so clear and so immersed in their work, that they could make the exact right design decision in 3 minutes and then get back to what was most important ….. the music.

They were implementing their craft.

So often we get drawn off focus by noise while what we really do takes a back seat.  

Without a body of work standing behind a well crafted design, well you’ve just got a pretty picture.  Images become iconic when the artistry behind the message connects with the heart and soul of an audience.

Highly focused mission centric individuals need to become so clear and strong in their belief of self and the mastery of their craft that they can’t be pulled off track when the noise rolls in.

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But how do you get that level of clarity and drive?

I believe you need seven streams, just like the rainbow rolling out in equal proportion from the prism.

You Are The Prism 
However, to become a master at anything you must also be strongly connected to that stream of white light because YOU are the prism that creates the rainbow!

I’m sure you are canny enough to have noticed that the Seven Core Essential Refractionary Success Elements have exact correlation to the chakras of the body:

  1. Vision –Third Eye
  2. Voice – Throat
  3. Commitment – Sacral
  4. Knowledge – Crown
  5. Action – Solar Plexus
  6. Heart – Heart
  7. Energy – Base

Like a body we need to keep feeding and nurturing each area to keep it in tip top shape.

The Power of Immersion

Since I dropped the constraints of my mortgage, I’ve had the luxury of being able to travel, get out of my normal routines and just sit back and do some extreme immersion.  As I start to pull out of my recluse phase with more clarity than I’ve ever had before, stuff is just starting to pour out of me.

I had someone say to me recently “you’ve got so much going on …. I get confused”.

But that’s the point!

I’m an implementor and after so much time in this industry it would be wrong if I hadn’t created a bit of confusion as I’ve implemented all I’ve been taught.

Confusion Is Your Friend!

Now it’s time to present the information in a more orderly fashion, but I couldn’t do that until I got a little confused first.

Nearly two years on and the clarity is finally coming through.  The clarity fits with the one thing I’ve done exceptionally well all my life – implementation.

I’d go off to learn something and I’d go home and type up my notes and get practicing and within a couple of weeks I’d be offering the modality for sale.  I was always surprised that others hadn’t found implementation that easy.

I have NEVER given that gift any credence, yet in the corporate world, problem solving and implementing complex projects was my greatest strength.

Have you got something you haven’t been giving full credit to?


The Power of Chat

The clarity has become possible because I’ve had people I can talk my stuff through with.

The power of “chat” has been amazing and it has allowed me to see how I can be helping people in the future.

So you may be asking “how can The Implementor help me”?

  • Have you had brilliant ideas that are still not implemented?
  • Have you found yourself at a cross roads not really sure which way to move forward?
  • Have you ever attended an event or spiritual retreat and all you wanted to do was talk about what you experienced, that weird co-incidence or the epiphany that friends and family don’t want to know about?
  • Have you returned from an event fully fired up but life got in the way and your notes are still sitting on a shelf gathering dust while that dream atrophies in a corner of your mind?

Nothing in this new energy is straightforward or linear and these deep experiences can be challenging to see where all the messages and gifts fit together.

Talking it out is the only way to find the hidden gold, but you have to do that with someone who can listen across all seven refractionary levels.

I believe we have three stages which encompass our journey:

1.  The Light = Vision, Voice, Knowledge – all the top chakras

2.  The Prism = The Heart – the pivot point

3.  The Rainbow = Energy, Commitment, Action – all the base chakras

The Seven Core Essential Refractionary Success Elements tease out like this:

You Are The Prism

 

When we are the prism, we need firstly to generate the light, we need to find our voice, find our vision and bring together everything we know, so our mission becomes clear.

Once that light hits the pivotal heart point or the prism, we then need energy, commitment and action to allow the rainbow to flow out in a strong and balanced manner.

That’s the difference between the guys in Pink Floyd and all other mission centric individuals who changed the world through their work or passion.  They had vision, they had a strong voice or sound, they made it their business to master their craft.  Enormous amounts of heart goes into their work and most importantly, despite all the myriad of distractions, they had the energy, commitment and passion to action their dreams.

Our industry has a tendency to focus on the heart and the light, the lack of action is why we can end up feeling like there is a lot of rain and not much rainbow!

But if you focus on each stage equally and allow all decisions and implementation to be carried out at the heart level, then you’re going to have a recipe for success.

My Implement Your Heart Out program focuses on the heart part of your prism.  If you need more rainbow, you would need the Higher Ambition Coaching Program.  If you are interested you can see which of my programs help each part of your rainbow below.

Hopefully the grid below will diffuse some of the confusion around my new MargaretGill.com products.  Abundant Private Practices has its own set of unique products.

Stages  Giving You The Ability to Product Giving You The Power of
 The
Light 
 7 Shine Ignite Your Divine Fuse Potential
 6 See Diamond Quadrant Program Insight
 5 Speak Courageous Speaking
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 Heart   4 Hear Implement Your Heart Out Healing
 The Rainbow  3 Accept Higher Ambition Coaching Belief
 2 Execute Unearth Your Sacred Potential Commitment
 1 Create Burst Through BluePrint Discomfo


Brendon Burchard
taught us to create these Integrated Product Suites at 10XEMPIRE in New York.

I like to call this a Logical Product Flow.  The clarity comes from my Diamond Quadrant Program.

You can see how all my programs lead to your ultimate mastery in the following diagram.

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My new work is not just limited to business or to therapists. 

So whether you have a business or not, it doesn’t matter, you could be implementing what you learned on a cooking tour of Italy or understand what that elephant was trying to tell you on safari in Africa.  Maybe you have trained to teach something but you are still not teaching it yet.  

I am able to help both the business and the spiritual side come to balance so you can implement.

Are you up for it?

Shot me an email if you are interested in a one on one spot on the Implement Your Heart Out or Diamond Quadrant Program or any of the programs below.

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