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. Â Iâ€™ve Â really Â come Â to Â appreciate Â her Â objectivity. What seems like a month when Iâ€™ve been stuck in a mud hole to spin my wheels has instead been very productive. The results, however, canâ€™t be measured in any tangible means, but isnâ€™t that often the case with inner growth?
My Â house Â repairs Â are Â not Â yet Â complete. ThoughÂ theyâ€™ve made many steps in that direction and it is coming together, itâ€™s just not done. As for the transition to a new job, Iâ€™m still in the old Â one. Iâ€™m at fiscal yearend when things are roughest and I havenâ€™t been Â able to do much toward moving into a new position or a new line of business thatâ€™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 Â as Â opposedÂ to expanding. Â So progress isnâ€™t just about expansion.
Thereâ€™s a concept.
Itâ€™s also about pulling inward and propelling forward. Iâ€™ve Â been Â able Â to Â fine Â tune Â and Â trust Â my Â intuition more. Among other things Iâ€™ve also been able to trust whatâ€™s right for Â me enough so that people who used to wield a lot of influence over me no longer have any effectiveness. Â Itâ€™s Â more Â a Â matter Â of Â taking Â my Â power Â this month and thatâ€™s something that usually canâ€™t be measured in the physical.
Iâ€™ve reined in my business interests so that theyâ€™re focused more narrowly, and that leads to an interesting dialogue on how small Â businesses mature and an acknowledgement of the 80/20 rule that says oh-so-well Â that al- most all of my revenue comes through the people Â who are absolutely never any trouble at all and yet the projects that Â are Â the Â biggest Â money-losers Â by Â far Â are Â the Â ones where I have the most trouble with the people.
How do I reduce the wearying ones and repeat the successes? Â Itâ€™s a matter of saying that time, money, and resources are limited, so letâ€™s hone this and realign it with my own life purpose so I can follow my bliss Â and have my dreams.