By Lynn Scheurell
As a purposeful entrepreneur, it’s likely that you want to make the world a better place. And you also likely know that it all starts with you – your business depends on your ability to transform energy into value which helps make the world a better place.
Now, that sounds great but what isn’t said is that transformation is a continuous, never-ending process of completions in order to have new beginnings. Without completing things (or, in the metaphysical sense, the ‘death’ of things), the cycle of life can’t begin (as a new birth, which can mean the next level of life as well as a brand new entity).
By putting the period at the end of the sentence, you move on to the next one; if there is no punctuation to signal the end of the sentence, the thoughts are ‘run-on’ and can get jumbled. If people never died, we’d be having conversations with Leonardo daVinci, the planet would be overrun by people and it would all be very confusing. The same holds true for your business – it needs completions to function properly.
So, it’s absolutely vital that you finish what’s incomplete as of today in order to get to your next best level in business. Now is always the perfect time to create positive completions.
Here are nine secrets to creating positive completions and setting you – and your business – up to transform the world.
(By the way, there are nine secrets here because, numerologically, nine is the number of completion – think about it!) ;=)
1. Finish old business or let it go. If you haven’t gotten to something on your “to do” list for a long time, decide if it’s really something you are supposed to get done. If yes, do it. If no, get it off your list. If you want to revisit the idea later, create a “parking lot” book for those project ideas. The goal is two-fold: free up the mindspace that those projects hold hostage and release the self-punishment for not getting them done. That’s valuable energy you can use to create fresh results!
Quick tip: Make a list of what’s outstanding and cross off anything that can wait 12 months to get done. From there, cross off what can wait for six months to get done… and then cross off what can wait for three months. Now you have your list of priorities that you want to get done in the next 60 days. Make a plan to handle each one of them – you might be surprised how quickly you will move through your focus list! (Then repeat again – some of what was on your original long-term list might not make it on to your current list again!)
2. Align with what feels right for you. If it doesn’t make sense for you, it’s not yours – even if that’s “what everybody else is doing” (or maybe especially if that’s the case!). Often that’s what causes procrastination – you think you ‘should’ do it. Instead, use no one else’s measurement in determining your goals nor your progress toward them and outsource what doesn’t feel aligned with your natural skills and talents. When you are aligned with what is right for you, you have easy access to your internal power sources and THAT creates positive new beginnings in exponential ways.
3. Accept responsibility for what you have created so far. If you aren’t the cause of your outcomes, you are the effect of them, which puts you in reaction to your life and makes you a victim on some level. To be a creator of beginnings AND completions, you must own what you’ve created, even if it’s messy while in process. If you don’t know what your responsibility was in creating a given situation, track back to the last place you ‘owned’ your result (example: the airline lost your luggage – you “own” that occurrence because you chose to travel in the first place and check your bag).
4. Don’t judge yourself for what was or the decisions you made in the past. If you would have known better, you would have done better (and that goes for the rest of us too!). Generally, you are your own worst critic, and say things to yourself that you would never say out loud to another person. Show yourself the same kindness that you would show a stranger and watch the positive completions as they flow more easily and celebrate that you can see your progress from then until now.
5. Trust the bigger picture. You may not be able to see it but there is always a greater context for every situation, relationship and opportunity. By knowing that there is a bigger picture, it is easier to release what you can’t get to or don’t want to handle because it will get handled one way or another. It may not be where you see it or how you would prefer, but when you let go in trust, there is new freedom for the bigger picture to gain new momentum.
6. Upgrade your energy sources. A Gulfstream 7 airjet doesn’t run on diesel fuel… an animal doesn’t do well when drinking from a poisoned pond… and neither do your positive completions. Look around your world to see what is supporting you, and make sure it really IS supporting you! Maybe it has outlived its time, or you have different needs, or something has shifted – if this is the case, it’s time for a replacement! Upgrade your sources of energy to fuel your positive completions.
7. Forget perfection. If you are attached to being perfect before something can happen, or that something else has to be perfect before you can benefit, or that there are negative consequences when something isn’t perfect, that can severely limit your positive completions. Completing projects can be messy in the middle – it’s hard to be perfect when you’re renovating a house! Be in the flow of change, and know that the imperfect is, in all likelihood, pretty perfect.
8. Detach from the empty space. We become conditioned to filling up every spare space in our calendar, on our desks, in our lives, that empty space can actually feel destabilizing. When you are completing things, it will create empty space – get used to that! And know that your creativity will likely rush in to fill the empty space and you’ll have new projects to begin. The key is in having detachment to the empty space – it doesn’t mean you are less than, boring, not busy enough if you have some empty spaces waiting for your next flash of insightful creation!
9. Start with your environment. What’s ‘out there’ is ‘in here’ – your environment is your mirror. Pick an area on your desk or in your office to clear out and start doing what it takes to get completions done. You can use a checklist, a giant post-it on the wall, your Outlook calendar or something else to track what needs doing and then mark what’s done for a sense of satisfaction. You can even time yourself – do it in 27 minute time ‘chunks’ so it stays dynamic for you. (Why 27? Because 2 + 7 = 9 and, say it with me, nine is the number of completion!) ;=)
Through your positive completion process, you are being of the highest service in making the world a better place because you’re giving your business the gift of new beginnings. It’s about time. ;=)