Tag: Souls Journey

Do You Think You Are a Master?

I’ll let you into a little secret, I reckon you are already a master or are on a path to mastery because everyone on my list is already passionate about or awesome at something.

I’ve NEVER once had anyone on my list rock up to a client session or complimentary assessment session stating “I want to be crap at what I do, I want to rip people off and treat them badly and I’m happy being mediocre”.

Likes attract, so even if I’ve never met you personally, the fact you’ve joined my community and stayed on my list and put up with all my mad rantings leads me to believe you are a unique human being but just like the people I have spoken to, you want to bring about change, you want to make a difference and you want to do it to a very high standard. That’s mastery!

To me, the definition of a master is someone who has practiced their craft so well they can teach their area of expertise and inspire others to transcend their current place in the world and then consider taking another step upwards.

In the traditions, master simply means teacher.

You may not have considered what you do as mastery, because people can get bent out of shape by the word “mastery”.

I remember when I was first considering doing my Reiki Masters my brain went into warp speed thinking I had to become this “perfect” human being and I immediately began questioning “who was I to consider being a master”, after all I was just someone who left school at 15 to play in a rock and roll band.

I was ever so relieved when my teacher pointed out that wanting to be a master didn’t mean I had to become a perfectly ascended spiritual being, I simply had to teach people how to do Reiki. Truth be known at that point I’d done so much crewing that I already knew how a Reiki weekend ran from soup to nuts, so it made the decision to go ahead much easier.

Two Core Characteristics of Mastery

Anyone who is seeking or has attained mastery have two things in common.

  1. Masters only focus on being masterful at one thing. In fact they are compulsive about one thing, and everything else around them is relegated to second best slot.
  2. Masters have a constant desire to learn and raise their ambition.

Perfectionists vs Masters

Like I did, people often associate perfection with mastery. The difference is perfectionists often knock themselves out trying to make everything perfect, whereas the master just gets on with it and only focuses on the one thing that they are really good at.

4-Levels-of-Mastery-The-Happiness-GuyI found this great diagram by David Humes – “The Happiness Guy” showing his 4 levels to mastery

You can read an explanation of the diagram here

I believe everyone on the planet has come to master something, how far that mastery gets taken is up to each individual.

The first key to recognising a master is that what they do seems drop dead easy, but when it comes to replicating their gift, others can’t even get close.

The second key is, they practice A LOT.

I’ve only recently realised how many masters I’ve been blessed to be surrounded by for most of my life. It hadn’t occurred to me earlier because many are masters of unique, non-mainstream (un-sexy) gifts.

In my corporate days I frequently found myself in the company of computer nerds and accountants. They all carried a passion and an amazingly detailed understanding of their work. The computer nerds would finish work and go home and write computer games. They couldn’t stop themselves practicing their art.

I’ve noticed seven personal traits that masters carry.

  1. Practice and dedication come easily
  2. Life time learners
  3. Strong sense of self
  4. Seek and accept criticism well
  5. Resilient
  6. Love sharing their knowledge
  7. Connected to something greater than themselves

You might think you aren’t masterful at anything but I bet you either have mastered something, or are on the way to mastery.

Within the healing and coaching field I still see many masters struggling to get their business happening. Most of that struggle comes from them denying their obvious mastery. Even though their gifts are obvious, so many deny either who they should be working with or go the hard road because they perceive they can’t get recognition or make money from their gift.

How do I know? That was me!

I get close to masters really easily but haven’t thought of helping them get more masterly outside Reiki. But when I’m helping masterly people the doors just fly open and I frequently find myself sitting beside masters getting my questions answered with little or no effort, while others are queueing up for the right. I have never given it much thought. But it has been there all my life.

Masters leave clues. I am currently housesitting for a lady who is a master printmaker. She has a HUGE studio almost as big as her house at the end of the garden. She is currently travelling as an artist in residence in Europe for several months.

Is she a household name …. no.

Is she rich and famous ….. in her circle of influence yes, but she is not “mainstream” famous.

Is there a fabric or medium she hasn’t tried printing on ….. probably not!

I can tell from the walls of the house that she is prolific. She has works in the National Gallery and travels the world with her art. She has reached that stage where she is so masterful at her craft that others want to sit at her feet and learn from her.

Mastering A Masterly Mindset

The mindset of a master can be a curious thing because masters are often humble. Because they have become unconsciously competent they put no level of importance on their skills because it comes to them so easily. They forget the hours spend learning and practicing.

For a master to be fully activated, they must master not only their craft, but also master themselves in seven core areas:

  1. Knowledge
  2. Vision
  3. Voice
  4. Heart
  5. Action
  6. Commitment
  7. Energy

I’ve found masters with the right encouragement can intuitively connect to the heart, voice, vision and higher aspects of themselves.

Where they struggle the most is in the root chakra of connecting with tribe and being abundantly rewarded for their gifts. They frequently deny their creativity and mastering self belief gets put on the back burner. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Now more than ever we can get our messages to masses of people without too much effort.  If you would like some help getting your mastery to the world, or perhaps you just a want muse where you can talk through your ideas with someone who will inspire you and naturally lead you to expand your ideas and mastery.

You can email me now if you require more information

The Power of The Next 90 Days

Did you know that what you’ve been doing in the past 90 days is what will shape the next six months?

I’m currently sitting in the United Lounge at Los Angeles airport – my 90 Day tourist visa is up!  Once Uncle Sam is done with you, there is nothing to do but ride that silver bird back to the wide brown land.  The jolt back to reality is going to be huge as the wheels hit the tarmac at Kingsford Smith Sydney in sixteen hours time.

P1000004The last few days I’ve been living like a rock star in Beverly Hills.

To be honest that whole Rodeo Drive things just leaves me cold.  I wandered there yesterday in search of food and was totally bemused by people in the omni-present tourist buses going up and down taking pictures of stores they couldn’t afford to shop in.  The whole celebrity things is a bit lost on me. although I did get to walk through the lobby of the “Pretty Woman” hotel and saw the balcony Julia Roberts sat on threatening to tobble over as the scared of heights Richard Gere just about had kittens.  Guess I’m as bad as the happy snappers 🙂

Also drove through Hollywood and Vine where the man walks across the road shouting “Welcome to Hollywood! What’s your dream?” 

Our dreams are funny things.  The more action we put into each set of 90 days we get gifted – the closer our dreams get to reality.  The actions we don’t take atrophy our dreams. 

During my last two days in LA, I had the pleasure to be gifted a one on one session with vocal coach Roger Love.  I’d never dreamed this little kiwi could be tutored by someone who has worked with some big names from downunder like INXS, Hanson, Missy Higgins plus all the greats from USA music and film.  As I sat in his office surrounded by his accolades and framed platinum CD’s – well it was all a bit surreal.

The only reason it happened was because I took a risk that as yet hasn’t fully paid off.  But being around people who work with people who follow their dreams takes you to a new level even before you get started. 

As you step up to the plate and you have to be prepared to hear the truth and be prepared to listen.  

I knew as I took the honest feedback about my voice and the way I speak that all those who stood in the same spot in his office had heard similar news delivered, because we rarely consider our voice.

Doesn’t matter who you are, you still have things to learn about your trade.  After taking a huge piece of feedback on an earlier teleclass with Roger, I’ve had a couple of other things added to my voice improvements list:  “the high squeaky hinge”,  “not filling the room enough”, “speaking too quietly”, “not dropping my jaw”, “tongue too high” ….. crikey it’s little wonder I have so much trouble ordering take out in the USA!  It’s not until you get out of your comfort zone or your own environment for challenges you never knew you had, to start appearing.

Roger Love & ME Lge.001Then as we stepped over to the piano Roger reminded me that anything shared is done with love – pun intended I’m sure 🙂  My response was – “let me have all the feedback, don’t meter it, just tell me where I can improve”.

That thirst for feedback has been my friend over the years.  Sure it hurts and cuts like a knife when you first hear it, but as soon as you start to work on the problem, it feels like progress is being made. 

Most never progress because they can’t take the “negative” feedback.  They want everything wrapped in cotton wool, they want it watered down, they want it so politically correct that the truth gets lost in the memory foam wrapper. 

I really encourage you to be up for feedback and up to take on new information in your own business and personal ambition.

You see the thing that is our greatest enemy is what we don’t know, we don’t know. 

The confidence and courage that comes from knowing you have at least one small part of what you need to learn is taken care of, well it automatically brings you to a new place. 

Anyone who lives from a place of higher ambition, will always be seeking new knowledge, new feedback and new ways of doing things because they are desperate to find all those things they don’t know and start to work on correcting them. 

I’ve had some wonderful conversations with the fabulous Dean Frenkel, the hormonics master, about the theory of the voice.  I knew it was important, but I didn’t realise how important our voice is until I attended World’s Greatest Speaker Training

It was amusing and alarming all at the same time to hear Brendon Burchard tell us how he met Roger Love.  After a very grueling schedule, Brendon was standing in the carpark at one of his mega events, hundreds of red cordial filled fans screaming for more, still with a couple of days left to present and NO voice.  Roger was able to give him enough exercises in the carpark to enable him to go back on stage and present. 

But as Roger warned us, its not ideal to get your voice into this type of situation.

Of course we never put the work in before hand, because we don’t know what we don’t know.  So Roger inevitably gets the emergency call, where a miracle is being asked for and what’s more expected.  In a sick sort of way, its nice to know this stuff happens at every level of someone’s career. 

It’s also sort of heartening to me (i a sick kind of way) to hear that many big names have picked up the phone and been squeaking down the line, desperate for a miracle.  It makes all the things I haven’t known needed work seem a little less “doh” on my part. 

All our “squeaky hinges” dwelling in our throat’s and “Yogi bear” sounds and “cheshire cat” voices mostly go un-noticed, until we start to put pressure on them.  We simply don’t know they are a problem nor do we understand just how much air needs to roll past the vocal chords, nor are we prepared to spend twenty minutes each day working the vocal chords, the six pack of our voice. 

Its hard to work out anything when you don’t even know it needs working out.

I trust you will at least start to investigate what the voice needs to stay strong, or at least remember this communication and know what to do when you find yourself “desperate in the carpark” at the back of your venue. 

If you are interested in working with your voice a little more and beginning to understand what you need to know to get your vocal chords up to a level where they won’t break down on you, then I recommend you make some time with Dean Frenkel if you are in Australia or Roger Love if you are in the USA. 

Our voice is our wand in everything we do and the stronger our voice and the stronger we can communicate, the more successful we are going to be. 

The next 90 Days is going to be a bit rough for me as i adjust back to life downunder and get down to some serious work. 

Throwing myself back into work is something I find works after these magical adventures “upover”.  I also know that putting some solid work into the next 90 days is going to make the first six months of 2014 look way different.  

How To Be A One-of-A-Kind Entrepreneur – 3 Ways to Break New Ground without Breaking Your Heart or Draining Your Bank Account

How To Be A One-of-A-Kind Entrepreneur – 3 Ways to Break New Ground without Breaking Your Heart or Draining Your Bank Account

There’s a lot of information available about how to be successful at a small business. The problem is, most of this information is aimed at extroverts who’re in a big hurry to make as much money as possible, and doesn’t contribute something great to the world.If that sounds as terrible to you as it does to me, here are 3 pearls of wisdom from the real-life trenches for how to build business as unusual.

 

1.  Follow the path less taken.As in fashion, being fully self-expressed is going to mean you’re in a category of one. If you find yourself in an ‘in crowd,’ whether that be at mainstream events, or among a gaggle of agreeable others, you’re likely in the thick of a fad or trend.

Legwarmers and Farrah Fawcett hair trends may feel fun to be part of in the short term, but you know that’s not going to make you proud 10 years later. Being an original takes work and one of the easiest measures is if you’re a little lonely on your path. This goes for business as well as your wardrobe or personal style.

Congratulations. If you’re feeling lonely sometimes, it’s just because you’ve chosen, every step of the way, to follow the path less taken and leave the Kool-Aid behind. Keep going.

 

2.  Allow yourself the luxury of time.One of the biggest failures in small business is the rush-job. Hurrying, adrenalizing, pushing….not only leads to poor results, but usually poorer health in the long run.Hurrying is no longer the badge of the well-coached, folks.

Great coaching helps you pick the right process, path or step, be more accurate and precise about your moves, and gives you peace along the way. Don’t expect outrageous success rapidly – it’s unlikely to happen with a newer income stream or idea. Big paydays still happen, but only when you’ve paid your dues.

Keep your expenses low – your bank account will thank you. Allow yourself breathing room to test and fail a lot. You want to win the long game, why? Because what your business offers the world is so worth being patient. Make your plans accordingly.

 

3.  Cultivate your inner scientist.If you think you’re here to build a business that follows another person’s model, may I invite you to try painting by number and faking a Mona Lisa in your mind? Give it time. No matter how many of these replicas you attempt, you’ll finally find out. You have no choice. You must find your one-of-a-kind painting to do because you’re not Leonardo da Vinci.

What is your one-of-a-kind business that only you can do? How do you start? Begin by proving the worth of your work by testing with any clients who’ll let you. Do the best job you possibly can so you can start collecting proof (something you can show) of what only you can do.

When you’re building something one-of-a-kind, you’re on uncharted ground, so you’ll need to measure as you go, and course correct along the way. Soon, you’ll have lots of data – an ecosystem of data that will guide you to what you seek.

Especially for independent thinkers, sensitive souls, and people on the leading edge, the above 3 things are doorways into new paradigm success as a small business. None of them requires you to rush, pressure you to maximize profits immediately, and each step allows you to contribute as much value as is humanly possible.

 

4.  The final word…Anyone who tries to tell you they know a color-by-number method to sustainable business success and tries to teach you this en masse, is candidly, deluded, or worse, in my opinion, being less than truthful. In the final analysis, experimentation is the only holy ground, and successful entrepreneurs – the ones that last decades in the market – are all scientists at heart.

 

About The Author

Andrea J. Lee is an Entrepreneurial Futurist with her finger on the pulse of the entrepreneurial spirit and how it can shows up to change the world. Throughout her life, Andrea has done one thing – help those she loves make money. Not once, but twice, she has helped reinvent the coaching industry and knows just one thing for sure: the entrepreneurial spirit is everywhere, looking for a place to make a difference.

Are you ready to get rid of your gnawing feeling?

What’s the one common denominator within your clients?


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It’s not a trick question. But it is one we all need to understand, if we are to find the true greatness within what we do.

I used to be a forensic business analyst in the corporate world. I was constantly digging around in things that were causing great angst for my clients. I worked in many different industries and rarely worked on the same problem twice. Money was hemorrhaging everywhere for the client. In most cases many better qualified people than me, had tried and failed to get a result. It was a seriously negative environment because these people generally only wanted the problem to appear “fixed”. My job was to find the source of the problem, report it and move on and repeat in the next contract.

These days my work is vastly different and I have solved my own problem because back then I hated the negativity surrounding my work and longed to work positively with people.

Now I love what I do. But, ironically I am still constantly digging around in things that are causing my clients angst. In fact the similarities to what I used to do and do now are amazing.

I work in many different modalities and rarely work on the same problem twice. Money issues are generally high on the agenda for the client and in most cases my clients, who are invariably always better qualified than me, have tried and failed to figure out their own problem.

What’s different now is I work in a seriously positive environment and my clients are unwittingly seeking to create something that will create a legacy and live on well after they have gone. My job is to find the source of their current problem and identify it so they can move from feeling stuck, into their potential.

But wait you say – aren’t the two jobs specs exactly the same? Yep, dead right! I just shifted the polarity or energy of the work from negative to positive. Same as in corporate, I was frequently journalling stuff from one side of the balance sheet to another.

So my inquisitive problem solving nature started to reason that there had to be a commonality between my corporate clients and my current clients. As people they are chalk and cheese, dark suits vs bright groovy outfits. But when you look at why they hired me, whammo, there in lies the answer.

The strange commonality between these two polar opposites is they hire me to fix a gnawing problem.

The gnawing problem in corporate was based in negativity and fear. The people who caused the problem generally lacked duty of care, control and integrity in they way they worked.

My current work is highly positive and based in love. My people are highly gifted and responsible in their work. When their problem gets solved, new and innovative healing systems are manifesting, their message becomes concise and clear and results in many more people experiencing their message and healing gifts.

As I work more with people I have come to understand humans come to the planet to figure themselves out. The more they figure out about themselves, the more they grow and the more potential opens up to them.

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For some, their potential is too confronting and its easier to stay “in the gnaw”.

Some however get so uncomfortable with the gnawing feeling within, that they put their hand up for help. Not as they initially show up to do, to grow their business, but at source, to get rid of the gnawing feeling.

My gnawers are incredibly humble but carry distinct commonalities:

  • Gnawers carry a strong sense there is so much more for them
  • Clairvoyants have inevitably told them they have a gift that will help many
  • They “know” huge crowds are waiting to hear their message
  • They carry extraordinarily high standards within self and their work
  • If left to their own devices they can be self destructive in their desire for perfection
  • In the past, they have found themselves in battles with authority figures to defend their honour, opinions or ways of doing things
  • The way others do things is not for them
  • They instinctively know the gnawing is their need to create their own way or path

The gnaw is their deep connection to spirit, to the yearning in their soul to be who they really are.

The gnaw is the uncomfortable message that churns everyday, so as to encourage them to stop playing small and meet their full potential.

Because the gnaw is so connected to their soul, they know what to do innately once we start to identify and then unravel their problems. Just like when I was in corporate I am only there in a support role. It’s never my problem but innately I know how to help others pull the puzzle pieces from within, to bring something highly complex to a simple solution.

What’s weird is, the source of the gnawing feeling inevitably gets exposed at my speaking intensive called Sore to SOAR. It is because that workshop gets people to go into their own rock bottom story. So many therapists discount or hide their story because it’s just too painful or negative. But our humanness puts us in that story so we could learn from it. When the positive gets identified, it balances or heals the negative, releasing the anchors and allowing the person to soar.

What most fascinates me and will be of great help to you is the fact that when you know what gnaws you, you automatically find the common denominator in your clients. From there you will be able to figure out what naturally draws people to want to work with you.

Just as the patterns or bread trails that helped me solve the gnawing problems within a corporate balance sheet, the connection between the rock bottom stories and everything else people have been through so far in their life, allows me to identify and solve the gnawing sense that there is more for my clients.

Rock bottom stories are life changing. So is Sore to SOAR …… it will help turn your gnaw into soar!

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