Follow your bliss and help more clients

April 20th, 2011

I have a friend who has a million dollar therapy practice. Yup- a million dollar practice. Take a minute and soak that in and listen to what comes up for you. Just check-inside and take a minute on what beliefs and thoughts that statement may have triggered for you. Allow yourself to sit with that without any self-judgment, just pure awareness.

Now let me tell you some things about this friend- she is very humble and very giving. She doesn’t work more hours than a therapist making six-figure (maybe even less). She does not market- she never needed to. She is extraordinarily gifted at what she does and helps people heal. She’s likely no different than you or I, but she does one thing wholeheartedly, and that is she follows her bliss and every step was shown to her so she could help support her clients and create income flowing into her life.

What does it mean to follow your bliss? Here’s an excerpt from The Power of Myth:

“BILL MOYERS: Do you ever have the sense of… being helped by hidden hands?

JOSEPH CAMPBELL: “All the time. It is miraculous. I even have a superstition that has grown on me as a result of invisible hands coming all the time – namely, that if you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss, and they open doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”

So how can you follow your bliss and help more clients?

Here are a few tips to help you connect to the flow of bliss and start to tune into those invisible helping hands, so you can help more clients.

  1. Find out which of clients you work with leaves you feeling in alignment with bliss. Check-in with your energy after sessions and see which clients you feel a sense of uplifting connection with. These are the ones that you get excited about seeing when they are on your schedule. Start to see if there are similar qualities with those people whom you are seeing. For example, you notice that when you work with women who are healing from divorce and reclaiming their lives you feel a greater sense of fulfillment. This is an invisible hand pointing the way towards your bliss.
  2. If there are certain clients you enjoy supporting, then start to let others know. You may be a bit hesitant to claim a “specialization or niche” with a specific population, however, you can let people know you have a growing specialization with a specific population. For instance, “I help adults cope with change and anxiety, and I have a growing specialization with women who are recently divorced”. Follow your bliss and let others know whom you work with and how you can support them.
  3. Be curious and explore what expands your energy and contracts your energy, this will be the best barometer to help guide you on your blissful path.  If speaking to groups feels expansive, get the word out to your friends, network, and community groups that you’d like to speak. If it feels constrictive then explore what’s right for you- perhaps 1:1 lunch with a referral resource.
  4. If what you are doing is “sucking your joy”, then it’s time to do something different. We had some interesting conversations during one of the programs I was hosting about filing insurance claims.  The participants explored the costs of time and emotional energy involved; and they explored ways to let go of this task and move back into the blissful work they so enjoyed. Remember the solution focused tenant “once you know what works, do more of it: if it doesn’t work, do something different”. Where can you apply this in your business to help more clients?

Yet it is important to note that following one’s bliss, as Campbell saw it, isn’t merely a matter of doing whatever you like, and certainly not doing simply as you are told. It is a matter of identifying that pursuit which you are truly passionate about and attempting to give yourself absolutely to it. In so doing, you will find your fullest potential and serve your community to the greatest possible extent.

JOSEPH CAMPBELL: “If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are — if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time.”(Joseph Campbell Foundation)

Ready to follow your creative bliss and get back in touch with your inner guidance (in your work and in your life)? Join me live at the 2-day Creative Alchemy Retreat where you’ll discover:

  • What your soul longs to express in your life and in your work, and how you can honor yourself by deeply listening to your intuition
  • How you currently sabotage yourself and stay in a state of confusion, exhaustion, and overwhelm, and how you can reclaim peace, joy and compassion in your life
  • How to discern your choices and decide if it’s your wants and desires, or someone else’s ‘shoulds’ or expectations
  • How to access the knowledge you hold within to guide you on your journey of becoming more of who you are
  • A process to map out exactly how you desire to show up fully in your life and express yourself and use as a reference guide when life hands you some obstacles
  • How to maintain your retreat knowing and yummy vibe, when you return back to your daily life

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