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Panic.  Anxiety.  Overwhelm.

Those are the feelings I get when my brain starts to swirl with all the possible opportunities out there.  There are classes to take, certifications to get, joint ventures to dive into.  And if you’re feeling the least bit anxious about the SUCCESS of your business it’s easy to distract yourself from the reality of it by blaming some outside thing.  

“If I had that certification, I’d definitely have more clients.”

“If I took that class and knew more about that thing, then I could definitely charge more.”

“If I read every article posted on the internet every day I’ll be the expert and my business will boom!”

I attended a networking event last night where one woman explained to the group that she felt completely overwhelmed by all of the ideas and possibilities of things she could do with her business.  “There are classes to take and certifications and new studies and information to stay up to date on.”  

I nodded in agreement, having recently experienced the same tizzy myself.    

It’s funny though… if you’ve ever felt trapped and just prayed for options, any options, to appear and save you from your desert island then it feels peculiar to be in a state of upset over having too many options.  But such is life.  As Danielle LaPorte says, “Balance is a myth.”

My own overwhelm tizzy had come on the heels of a flurry of business activity.  When the dust settled and I finally had time to think, I realized that I had so many opportunities coming my way that I didn’t know what to do with them all.  Nice problem to have, right?  Not if you let yourself get overloaded & go into freak out mode over making decisions on them all RIGHT NOW!!!

So I  followed the advice of a Reiki Master & friend and created a little ceremony over relinquishing control over what was next to come in my business.  I found a pretty little box and on slips of paper I wrote each opportunity, folded it up and with the intention that it would develop when the time was right, I placed each one in the box.  With each fold I felt stress roll off my shoulders.  It was now out of my control and in the hands of the Universe.

Over the next few days as things came up around several of these opportunities I felt a renewed sense of calm that I didn’t have to make a decision, that each would come in it’s own time and that it was no longer up to me to decide.

BUT, as you know, I AM a control freak, so that sense of calm lasted about 5 days before the “what ifs” started to creep back into my thoughts.  So I consulted a wise (young) sage… my husband, laying out all the options for his critical analysis.  He listened carefully and when I was done he said, “I don’t think you need to do any of those things.  I think you need to focus on what’s in front of you right now.”  

Damn.  I hate when he’s right.    

And in true Universal style that conversation was followed up by my Mastermind partner proclaiming to me the following day that she feels it’s time for her to focus on MASTERY and not on success.  “Rather than setting success goals,” she said, “I’m setting Mastery goals.”

Hint taken.  All signs point to Mastery.

This is an interesting and incredibly relevant concept to explore.  Any driven person is familiar

with setting goals based on where you want to be, what you want to have, even how many clients you want to see.  Then of course we break those down into the steps we need to take to get there.  “If I do 1 presentation per week and get 10 free consultations from each presentation and I convert 3 of those into paying clients, then I’ll have 12 new paying clients in 4 weeks, 36 by the end of the quarter and 144 by the end of the year.  Woo hoo!  Let’s go!”  

How about this for a change.  

Focus on mastering 1 skill, 1 talent, 1 area of your business.  Really dig deep.  Analyze every step of the process.  Get feedback from clients or colleagues.  Be the absolute best at this 1 thing.  Once that area is mastered, success will surely come, don’t you think?

If you mastered your client process… dialed it in… figured out how to give the best possible service so that each client gets the best possible results, don’t you think they would tell people how fantastic their experience was with you?  Don’t you think they would refer their friends and family?   

Don’t you think you would be providing a better service to the world by mastering your technique  than by doing a marketing blitz or getting some certificate that your clients probably don’t give a crap about anyways or trying to know a little bit about every possible thing out there in your field?

Makes sense to me.  By focusing on mastery you achieve success.  (Tweet that!)

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Here’s to your Mastery.  Go get busy with it.