The Progress of Not Expanding
Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Third Degree Curves.
My mentor looks at the past month and sees what I cannot. I’ve really come to appreciate her objectivity. What seems like a month when I’ve been stuck in a mud hole to spin my wheels has instead been very productive. The results, however, can’t be measured in any tangible means, but isn’t that often the case with inner growth?
My house repairs are not yet complete. Though they’ve made many steps in that direction and it is coming together, it’s just not done. As for the transition to a new job, I’m still in the old one. I’m at fiscal yearend when things are roughest and I haven’t been able to do much toward moving into a new position or a new line of business that’s portable. Nothing where I can point to the physical evidence, at least.
As we discover through about two hours of convers tion, so much of what I have done has been fine-tuning and focusing, contracting as opposed to expanding. So progress isn’t just about expansion.
There’s a concept.
It’s also about pulling inward and propelling forward. I’ve been able to fine tune and trust my intuition more. Among other things I’ve also been able to trust what’s right for me enough so that people who used to wield a lot of influence over me no longer have any effectiveness. It’s more a matter of taking my power this month and that’s something that usually can’t be measured in the physical.
I’ve reined in my business interests so that they’re focused more narrowly, and that leads to an interesting dialogue on how small businesses mature and an acknowledgement of the 80/20 rule that says oh-so-well that al- most all of my revenue comes through the people who are absolutely never any trouble at all and yet the projects that are the biggest money-losers by far are the ones where I have the most trouble with the people.
How do I reduce the wearying ones and repeat the successes? It’s a matter of saying that time, money, and resources are limited, so let’s hone this and realign it with my own life purpose so I can follow my bliss and have my dreams.