Have You Made the Decision?

What is the difference to your business if you can make grounded decisions that lead you to sustainable prosperity? Huge, right?

So why do we sometimes have a hard time making a decision? As I was just reminded in my own business, sometimes the decision we think we are making isn’t really the decision we need to make.

Over the past several months, I’ve been working with my mentor to create language and the physical form of the next evolution of how I am bringing my gifts and talents out to the world. On top of the work I was already doing with her, I made an investment to do a special creative session; but I found I kept putting off scheduling.

That should have been a clue to me because typically once I decide to move ahead and invest in a session like this, I’m antsy to get it done quickly. But, it took me almost a month to schedule the session.

What I thought was the decision I was having difficulty with was — what is the form of what I want to create? Do I want to bring a service, a product, individual work, group work, or something different to life? I kept going round and round in my head and gave myself the reason that I didn’t want to “waste” my time with her by not having this basic answer.

But no. This wasn’t even close to the decision that was holding me hostage.

Finally, I realized the actual decision I was having difficulty making was: Am I ready to step out in much bigger way? Am I really ready to put my ideas and myself out there in a way that requires I trust the Divine?

While I will admit it took several days of absolute fear and falling apart to realize it, I finally knew what I needed to decide.

Once I knew what I had to decide, I could finally connect deeply with my Soul, which allowed me to set the fear to one side, so I could fully and completely make the decision that, yes, I am ready to show up in a new way. Now I could show up to my creative session and allow the physical form and other decisions to easily flow.

When you are having a hard time making a decision, get still. Get connected with the Divine, with your Soul, and ask the question: what is the decision beneath the decision I’m having trouble making? This will lead you to the point, so you can make a completely grounded decision, which will lead you toward sustainable prosperity.

Jennifer Bloome is the Fertile Business Midwife. Jennifer helps people identify and heal the blocks that are keeping them from the prosperous, fertile, Soul-satisfying life and business they desire. Ready to transform? Visit JenniferBloome.com to set up your complimentary Belief Discovery Session to begin to identify and heal your personal blocks that are keeping you from your own prosperous life.

Feeling Vulnerable?

As I was in meditation last week, I talked with my Soul team about the changes I’ve been noticing within myself. I’ve been noticing I’m finding it easier and easier to put myself, and my ideas, out into the world. But, even with the greater ease, there is still a period of time of vulnerability.

As I brought the topic up, the image they gave me was that of a crab. As a crab grows, she sheds the shell that has been her home and a new, roomier shell begins to harden. While the process is relatively fast, considering all that is going on, there are still several days while the outer shell is still soft and vulnerable.

As humans, we go through the same process of growth and expansion. Instead of shedding a hard protective skeleton, we shed old thoughts, old ways of seeing the world, and allow ourselves to grow into a more expanded version of ourselves.

Nothing speeds up this growth and expansion as running a business based on our gifts and talents. In fact running a purpose based business forces the growth and expansion like nothing else I’ve experienced. You HAVE to keep expanding or your business goes nowhere.

As much as we all want expanded businesses, the personal expansion isn’t always comfortable. As much as we all say we want the personal expansion, the time between shells, between belief structures, can be scary.

After all, even if the transfer is quick, there is that space of time where our underlying “skin” is exposed. That beautifully soft pink new born, vulnerable skin of the new “us” meets the air for the first time and it’s there for all the world to see.

What my team shared with me is those who are most successful have mastered the art of growing and changing their shells because they know they are safe in that transition. They know they are safe in transition because they understand at a deep level who they are.

In other words, they know their Inner Capital™: their Truths, their purpose, the truths of the Universe, their connection with Source, their inherent safety. These truths make the process of expansion less vulnerable and therefore, they are more willing to allow the process to unfold.

I’m still working with the depth of this message from Soul; amazing what rich information comes through when you open and allow the flow. If you are ready to allow a much roomier shell and the resulting expanded business, I invite you to take some quiet time to connect with the Divine, with your Soul team, and ask, “What do I get to release to have a more complete understanding of my own Inner Capital?”

Jennifer Bloome is the Fertile Business Midwife. Jennifer helps people identify and heal the blocks that are keeping them from the prosperous, fertile, Soul-satisfying life and business they desire. Ready to transform? Visit JenniferBloome.com to set up your complimentary Belief Discovery Session to begin to identify and heal your personal blocks that are keeping you from your own prosperous life.

Do You Know Your Constant?

Are you aware of the constant that propels you forward?

When I first started my business more than 12 years ago, I thought what propelled me forward was a desire to get my gifts out to the world, a love of transformation, a burning desire to share a new way of being with the world.

But, as I have grown and developed, I can see now the constant that was my governing guide was to be safe. To create from a place I was sure wasn’t going to create judgment. To create from a place of perfectionism. Those were the “constants” that drove my decisions.

Unconsious? Yes. Sustainable? No.

Recent conversations with clients have highlighted for me my own shift over the last several years from a set of very external constants to an internal constant. This internal constant is my connection with Soul.

With this internal constant, all the old programming drops away. (Or, at least I can see that it IS old programming and then I get to make the choice about whether to continue believing it or not. Sounds like a simple decision, but not always.) With this internal constant, I have a connection that helps me see the bigger picture and allows me to more completely fulfill the mission I came to complete here on planet Earth. And of course, being in alignment with this constant provides me a much more reliable, sustainable, juicy, and joyful way to create prosperity in my life.

As I was thinking about this, I came across this writing from Lao Tzu:

Holding to the Constant

Lao Tzu

Break into the peace within,
Hold attention in stillness
And in the world outside
You will ably master the ten thousand things.

All things rise and flourish
Then go back to their roots.
Seeing this return brings true rest,
Where you discover who you really are.
Knowing who you are, you will find the constant.
Those who lack harmony with the constant court danger,
But those who have it gain new vision.

They act with compassion; within themselves they can find room for everything
Having room, they rule themselves and lead others wisely.
Being wise, they live in accordance with the nature of things.

How about you? Are you creating from an external or internal set of constants? Are you ready to shift to that internal constant that will show you who you really are? That will bring you a sustainable and joyful flow of prosperity.

Jennifer Bloome is the Fertile Business Midwife. Jennifer helps people identify and heal the blocks that are keeping them from the prosperous, fertile, Soul-satisfying life and business they desire. Ready to transform? Visit JenniferBloome.com to set up your complimentary Belief Discovery Session to begin to identify and heal your personal blocks that are keeping you from your own prosperous life.

Do You Trust the Process?

A key component to creating a Fertile Business is starting with the end in mind: what do you really want? What do you want your life to look like? How do you want to feel while you are serving your clients? What are the key values that need to be present?

When you stay in vibrational alignment with your vision of what you want, you receive inspired actions that will lead to your vision unfolding.

One small factor that can throw you completely out of the process: Time.

Sometimes what you want to create takes time. Knowing this intellectually is one thing; being able to continue to have faith in the unfolding when physical evidence piles up around you that seems to say, “this isn’t working,” is another.

When that physical evidence isn’t changing, the natural reaction is to say, “This isn’t working. Time to push a little harder, time to work a little harder, time to give a little more effort.” As soon as you do this, you start cutting yourself off from your connection to your inner wisdom and your focus on what you really want to create goes away.

“In your action, you lose sight of the vision. You lose sight of your trust in the process and you just bang around in a sense of futility. Hold the vision and trust that the Universe will acclimate to your vision. Hold the vision and trust the process.”

—Abraham-Hicks

If you find yourself having difficulty trusting the process, here are some questions to ask yourself, so you can gain clarity about what you can heal within yourself to be able to step more fully into trust:

  • Does the Universe really “have my back”?
  • Am I completely safe in this world?
  • Is life really about living in joy?
  • Am I good enough, valuable enough, right now, in this moment, to deserve my wants?
  • Are we all really supposed to have what we want?

The closer you can get to answering a full and complete YES to these questions, the easier it will become to trust the process, hold your vision, and come into vibrational alignment with your Fertile Business (and life).

What are you ready to shift and/or heal today to step more fully into trust?

Jennifer Bloome is the Fertile Business Midwife. Jennifer helps people identify and heal the blocks that are keeping them from the prosperous, fertile, Soul-satisfying life and business they desire. Ready to transform? Visit JenniferBloome.com to set up your complimentary Belief Discovery Session to begin to identify and heal your personal blocks that are keeping you from your own prosperous life.

Action Gets All the Glory

It’s like in soccer: the person who scores the goal gets to do the victory slide on their knees and tends to receive the glory. However, if you know anything about the game, you know everyone on the team, from the defense on forward, was integral in putting the ball in position to be scored. To be sure, the last player needs to know how to “finish,” a skill in and of itself, but a goal takes the whole team.

Taking action in your business or life is the same way; action is the final step, the step when we finally get to see results. However, if you want results that match all your values, action is only the final step.

Too often, when we want different results in our business, we jump into a new project, a new activity. In this case, we make action the first step, not the last. Usually, in these kinds of action steps, action is being driven by fear (fear that we won’t have enough). Action out of fear never ends well; I’ve put in enough personal experience in this one to be definite about that statement.

My invitation to you today is to tune into the part of you that wants to take immediate action. What is the motivation? What underlying belief or emotion are you trying to satisfy with action?

Next, I invite you to step out of thinking about physical action, to step out of using your mind to figure out “what’s next” and instead, tap into your deeper intuition with the following imagery exercise.

Close your eyes and take several deep breaths. Imagine for a moment you are standing on a topographical map of your ideal business, a business that fulfills you in all ways.

Your map may be full of images, words, or symbols. Simply allow whatever image speaks to you, to come to mind. You don’t even have to know what that image means to you right now, just allow it to form.

First, notice where you are on your map. What’s around you? What’s pulling you? What do you hear? What do you see? What do you feel like needs to be done?

Now you notice you are beginning to be lifted up until you find yourself gently floating over the top of your map. From this view, what do you notice? What draws your attention? What paths are highlighted?

Finally, ask, “What is the next action I should take?” Perhaps it’s a specific activity. Perhaps it’s more time for reflection and connection. Trust what comes and then set an intention to follow these steps.

As you allow your intuition, your connection with the wise part of you, to inform your physical action steps, your final outcome will thrill you, and you will have all the evidence you need to see the real story behind the glory of action.

Jennifer Bloome is the Fertile Business Midwife. Jennifer helps people identify and heal the blocks that are keeping them from the prosperous, fertile, Soul-satisfying life and business they desire. Ready to transform? Visit JenniferBloome.com to set up your complimentary Belief Discovery Session to begin to identify and heal your personal blocks that are keeping you from your own prosperous life.

What is Growing From The Seeds You Are Planting?

In this time of renewal, of laying seeds that will nurture you for years to come, in this spring energy, I have to ask: in what kind of soil are you planting your seeds of connection with your potential clients?

Are your seeds planted in a bed of soil nourished by your deep connection to your own Source, by your focus on your purpose, by love, by expectancy?

Or, are the seeds planted in a bed of soil depleted by yearning, need, and fear? Clearly, over time, we’ve seen that fear in marketing works. People do buy.

However, what I’m learning, seeing, and feeling is this is no longer sustainable. It takes you far away from joy in your own life, away from your deeper purpose here on the planet, away from true prosperity. Plus, the world is changing.

So how do you make the shift away from using fear within your own marketing? Heal your own fears, so you yourself can step into a deeper connection with Source. The deeper trust you need and want will always be provided, a deeper love of yourself and your value.

When you stand in a place of love for yourself and your gifts, in a place of truly trusting the Universe to work with you, the business that unfolds for you will be Soul-satisfying, engaging, overflowing, and prosperity in all areas of your life will be magnificent.

Jennifer Bloome is the Fertile Business Midwife. Jennifer helps people identify and heal the blocks that are keeping them from the prosperous, fertile, Soul-satisfying life and business they desire. Ready to transform? Visit JenniferBloome.com to set up your complimentary Belief Discovery Session to begin to identify and heal your personal blocks that are keeping you from your own prosperous life.

Tired of Spinning Your Wheels?

There’s no sugar coating the Truth: it’s your vibration in the moment that matters to your prosperity.

That Truth actually carries both sweet and bitter. When you look around, you know you’ve created what’s here. Yup, I know, that awareness brings a certain amount of frustration. Of sadness. Of fear that you’ll never be ‘good enough’ or vibrate ‘well enough’ to make any changes. Yes, I feel it too in certain areas of my life.

At the same time, this Truth holds so much power. And promise. And hope.

The trick, if there is such a thing, is to be aware of your vibration in the moment — not every moment of every day. That would be overwhelming.

Check in throughout the day. Ask yourself, where is my vibration?

If you, “Created from my thoughts in this moment…what would I be creating more of?”

Joy or fear?
Faith or doubt?
Abundance or lack?
Busyness or centeredness?
Service or servitude?

Where are you — right now in this very moment? This is the only moment that counts.

If you find yourself creating out of an emotion that you know you don’t want more of, that’s the time to shift. Do whatever you need to do, right then, in that moment, no excuses, to shift.

What happens when you can’t shift the vibration simply by wanting to shift? You use a tool, you use a coach, you release the old beliefs that keep that vibration in place, you go out in nature, you dance, you sing loudly, you clean up the gunk from your chakras… So many options, really.

So often, we wait until we can “do it right.” Or we think that because we’re feeling so low, so sad, so hopeless, that it isn’t possible to shift. Those are the times that you MUST shift. Otherwise, life will stay the same.

There’s no perfect way to do this.

There’s only the perfect moment: now.

Jennifer Bloome is the Fertile Business Midwife. Jennifer helps people identify and heal the blocks that are keeping them from the prosperous, fertile, Soul-satisfying life and business they desire. Ready to transform? Visit JenniferBloome.com to set up your complimentary Belief Discovery Session to begin to identify and heal your personal blocks that are keeping you from your own prosperous life.

Enhance Your Intentions

No matter what your intentions are for 2012, I have one suggestion to add to your list, so you may step more fully into a Fertile Business (which includes a joyful day to day life too).

Make 2012 the year of moving from what you know in your mind, what you know intellectually, to drawing that knowledge deep within you and living from it, rather than just thinking about it.

We all carry so much knowledge within our heads. Yet, when we want something different in our lives, we seek out new knowledge instead of deepening into what we already know.

In order to do this, there may be a little ‘clean-up’ work to do:

  • Releasing old beliefs that have kept you from stepping fully into what you know in your heart and soul to be true.
  • Committing to making a choice about how you want to feel over and over again.
  • Being willing to write a new story for yourself — past and present.
  • Committing to being gentle with yourself.
  • Trusting in your own divinity.

What is one piece of knowledge, one piece of Truth, you know intellectually that you are ready to step into fully and completely, right now?

Jennifer Bloome is the Fertile Business Midwife. Jennifer helps people identify and heal the blocks that are keeping them from the prosperous, fertile, Soul-satisfying life and business they desire. Ready to transform? Visit JenniferBloome.com to set up your complimentary Belief Discovery Session to begin to identify and heal your personal blocks that are keeping you from your own prosperous life.

Is Your Windshield in Your Floorboard?

Are you someone who loves driving? I do. Okay, to be more honest, I love being a passenger on a road trip — especially at night. There is something about being cocooned in darkness, feeling the absolute freedom of speed and movement.

Perhaps this is why the latest analogy from Abraham-Hicks spoke so strongly to me (and I paraphrase):

“The next time you get a new car, make sure to tell them to rip the windshield out from the front of your car. Instead, ask them to put it in the floorboard. After all, you spend more time in your life paying attention to where you are than where you are going.”

Where is the “windshield” focused in your day-to-day life and business?

Are you more caught up in the details of today or expectation of what is coming? Your ‘story’ or your dreams? Your commitment to your vision or trying to live to other people’s standards and visions for you?

What I love about this analogy is that it creates an immediate picture of where you are in relationship to what you want to manifest.

Since I heard this analogy, when negative or difficult emotions come up, I simply ask myself, “where’s your windshield” and almost immediately I am able to change my focus, my emotions shift, and so does my vibration.

How about you? Where’s your windshield pointing right now?

Jennifer Bloome is the Fertile Business Midwife. Jennifer helps people identify and heal the blocks that are keeping them from the prosperous, fertile, Soul-satisfying life and business they desire. Ready to transform? Visit JenniferBloome.com to set up your complimentary Belief Discovery Session to begin to identify and heal your personal blocks that are keeping you from your own prosperous life.

A Consistent Mistake Heart Based Business Owners Make

For me, the definition of a successful business is one that satisfies you heart, mind, and soul. The work brings you joy. You impact the world with your gifts and your gifts are acknowledged. You are rewarded in many ways, not the least of which is financially. You have all the time you need. You continue to grow as a person and as a spiritual being, and you elevate your work and ability to bring your gifts to the world each time this happens.

Sound good?

In order to allow this kind of business and personal life to unfold, there is one central tenet you must follow: you must fully and completely allow yourself to be YOU. You must fully value the gifts you have to offer and how you wish to bring them to the world.

The Trap

What I see consistently with heart and spirit based business owners, however, is that they are very uncomfortable claiming full acceptance of their gifts and abilities. They seem to be constantly waiting for something external to prove the internal.

Waiting for the high paying clients. The unending flow of money. The big list. The big endorsement from a respected member of their community.

Energetically speaking, this is completely backwards.

How can you be magnetic to a flow of your perfect customers when you are waiting to claim the right to those perfect customers until they show up?

The Mistaken Belief

The mistaken belief that we heart based business owners continue to create from is that there is something wrong with claiming our divine gifts; that something bad will happen if you completely claim your gifts.

I believe this stems from a fear that stepping in and claiming these gifts will somehow turn you into an egotistical megalomaniac who cares about nothing but your own success. That by simply stepping fully into your light, you will cast a huge shadow that will end up hurting those you intended to help.

This mistaken belief is accidently imprinted into our unconscious in many different ways: religious traditions, judgment from people who see our brilliance as threatening (because it shows them where they have work to do), wanting to be liked, and many more.

The Truth

When you operate from full acceptance of your divine gifts, you are operating from your divine spark. In this place, it simply isn’t possible to turn into that egotistical megalomaniac.

When you are operating from your divine essence, you are not only holding yourself as sacred, but all whom you touch. In this sacred space, you only have connection. In this space, you are nothing but authentic and your clients can sense this immediately.

The Invitation

What can you release to allow yourself to more fully step into full acceptance of who you are? What can you release, right now to fully and completely love yourself?

The more you are able to step into this divine place, the more your ideal business will unfold around you.

Jennifer Bloome is the Fertile Business Midwife. Jennifer helps people identify and heal the blocks that are keeping them from the prosperous, fertile, Soul-satisfying life and business they desire. Ready to transform? Visit JenniferBloome.com to set up your complimentary Belief Discovery Session to begin to identify and heal your personal blocks that are keeping you from your own prosperous life.