There’s a cycle of creation I recently learned about from one of my mentors, Mellissa Seaman. It goes: REST ---> VISION ---> ACTION. We must REST in order to receive the VISION for our next step. When we receive it, it’s time to put it into ACTION. After that, we must REST again to prepare for the next VISION, and the cycle continues.
Regular readers will know that I’ve written plenty of blog posts about the power of rest and moving slowly.
This is not one of those posts.
Today I’m writing in praise of being in ACTION, and I’m seeking to answer three main questions:
The answer to the first two questions is pretty much the same.
How do you know when it’s time to take action? When you have a vision.
What do you take action on? Your vision, of course!
I like to use the birth analogy here. After all, my business is entirely women, and one of the things that makes us - and Mama Earth - so powerful, is our fertility. Whether you choose to bear a human child or not, the fact that we women mirror the earth in our potential to create and sustain new life is truly amazing.
When you are given a vision, that means it’s yours to bring to life. Did you get that? This is a really important point. The fact that the vision is in your head means it’s yours to give birth to. You are the right person to create it, and I don’t care how many college degrees or years of experience you do or don’t have. You’re here. You have a vision. That’s enough. Case closed.
The right time to take action on a vision is when you have one.
Let me say a brief word about rest here. I am the biggest fan of rest and self care there is. I make hefty room for restorative services in my schedule and budget, and I make a self-care plan an absolutely non-negotiable part of all coaching programs for my clients.
But you and I both know that there are times when you’re “pregnant” with a vision and it’s been more than the necessary gestation period and now you’re just using “rest” as a code word for “procrastination.” I see you.
And what do we know about procrastination’s mother? It’s perfectionism. You don’t take action on your vision because you want it to be perfectly, fully formed in your head before you even take the first step.
***NEWSFLASH: That’s never going to happen!***
That’s just not how it works. The way it really works is more like this:
Hmmm, I have a little seed of an idea, let me write/think about it a bit. ---> Ok it’s still a little half-baked, but I want to talk it over with someone. ---> Wow that felt scary but really good to get it out into the open. ---> What do you know, that person I told got so excited that they told their friend, who now wants to go in on this idea with me. ---> Turns out that friend is connected to an organization that wants me to come pitch the idea to them. ---> And on and on.
Your idea will never have a life of its own and get a chance to walk and talk and laugh and breathe if you don’t let it out of your proverbial womb!
Ok, now let’s talk about the third question:
How do you get yourself moving?
Well if my little boot camp tirade above wasn’t enough to motivate you, here’s a really inspiring example:
One of my clients who is a yoga teacher and massage therapist - we’ll call her Shannon - had a session with me about three weeks ago. Shannon and I were exploring the next best step in her business that would help her grow her practice and make more money with more joy. I asked her, “What would you do if you didn’t have to work?” She said, “Exercise every day!” So I said, “Great! Do that and invite others along for the ride. And charge for it.”
From this session grew an idea for a 21-day course to get her massage and yoga clients moving their bodies with joy every day. She left my office and took action on it immediately - telling her class of yoga students that afternoon. Three days later, she had eight people enrolled in a program that she hadn’t even yet created! One week after that, those three people had multiplied into 12, and when the course began just a few days later, she had 18 enthusiastic participants enrolled.
And guess how much of it she had created before she started? The first day. That’s it! She’s been courageously creating it day by day as she goes, sometimes pushing through lots of fear, sometimes jumping with joy. But no matter what, she’s doing it. And now she has 18 very happy clients in love with her work and hungry for more, so we’re designing what her next, higher-priced, bigger-results offering will be. And she has a repeatable course to offer again and again, with less preparation each time.
None of this would have happened if she had left my office and just continued thinking about it. She set the wheels into motion by taking action immediately.
So the short answer to “How do you get yourself moving?” is the age old one, that never goes out of style:
Just do it.
Afraid? Do it right alongside the fear. Unsure whether it’s a good idea? Be unsure and do it anyway. Don’t yet know what will come next? Take the first step and create the rest as you go, like Shannon. Just do it. Do something, anything.
A great place to start is with a conversation, because inviting someone else into your process has the dual benefit of inspiring action and holding you accountable. Even better? Have a conversation with several people, all of whom are also taking courageous first steps on their embryonic visions. In other words, join us at the next Wild Woman Summit!!
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But get off your gorgeous bootie and do it today because the code only lasts through September 30th. Dates and details and all that good stuff can be found on the website - I’m not going to take the time to talk about it here. And y’all know how to reach me if you want to talk more.
Ok now stop reading this blog post and go take inspired action already! Happy actioning!
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Hello! I'm Melanie Munir, founder of Professional Wild Woman - a women's empowerment business dedicated to helping women who are tired of feeling either "too much" or "not enough" to connect to their inner wildness so they can create work that allows them the fullest expression of their unique voice. Welcome!