LIFESTYLE & BUSINESS
01 October 2019
I woke up feeling really grateful this morning. April was a really hard month for me (and I know MANY of you) for a lot of reasons. I was pushing hard and completely focused on reaching the goal I’d set for myself. And almost completely checked out emotionally. I realized on my run yesterday morning that the pace of this business is unlike any other I’ve ever been a part of. It’s completely self-paced . . . stay with me here.
I’ve spent the last few years doing nothing but trying to be mindful and conscientious about what my body is telling me. My whole goal when I started out on this journey was to learn how to trust myself and my intuition; how to live in the flow, so to speak. And so yesterday, once again, I was able to see the parallel in my running journey with the journey I’m on with doTERRA. When I run, as I’ve shared with a lot of you, my intention is not to hit a particular pace or to reach a certain goal. I don’t run with music or a watch or a phone (yes, Steve, I know that’s dangerous) because I want to EXPERIENCE every step of the journey. I want to hear the birds and feel my heart beat and listen to my breath and feel the sun (or rain or snow). It’s been a practice of listening to my body. And I crave it. I crave the endorphins and serotonin that courses through my brain, I love to sweat and push and feel my muscles and joints wake up and do what they were made to do. I crave the solitude and the confidence I feel in recognizing my own truth. And I love the fact that through running, I’ve learned how to walk when I feel too winded. There are some times I keep running when I feel like that. And those times serve a purpose too. They oftentimes show me that I have more in me than I thought I did. But the moments when I just know: “I need to walk” and I do, I know I’m honoring my inner wisdom. Like I’m listening to my body and respecting it. And that, my friends, is exactly what the beginning of May has been for me.
I’ve been listening to my body. I’ve been resting and recouping and reflecting on what I thought I wanted, and how I thought I was going to get there.
And I woke up this morning feeling refreshed and reinvigorated and grateful to be on this journey with you all. Grateful I can share this realization with a group of people who will get it. And who may also be relieved to hear that we are in a business that allows us to take time to breathe and rest when we need to. We CAN trust the process and know that just because we might be feeling discouraged or uncertain of how we’re going to continue growing our business or even a little defeated, that if we give ourselves love and time to rest, the next steps will be revealed. And that it’s okay. And even normal to go through periods like this. It’s part of the process.
And then after talking with Eli this morning on the way to school about what makes him light up, I was reminded of something else: this opportunity with doTERRA has given me – and continues to – the opportunity to tell my story. AND rewrite the ending. And THAT, my friends, is MY WHY.
I remember being asked the first time to think about MY WHY – why it is that I’m doing this business, what it is that drives me – and kind of scoffing. Seriously. I did. But just for a second. And then I started really thinking about what it was that I wanted. What was it that was going to keep me working towards the goals I’d set for myself with doTERRA. And I can say this with absolute certainty today. MY WHY is what I hold onto during those days (and sometimes weeks) when I’m not too certain what it is that I’m doing or how I’m going to keep doing it. It is the rock, the foundation, of my business. What DRIVES me on, what motivates and inspires me to keep putting one foot in front of the other and try something different when that doesn’t work. Remembering my why is how I get back to what I feel like my life’s mission is at this point and connecting it to the work I’m doing with doTERRA.
So I’d encourage you all to take a fresh look at YOUR why. Especially if you’ve been doing this for a while as we know our WHY changes, shifts and morphs as we grow in this business. So if you haven’t looked at it in a while, or if no one’s ever asked you to consider WHY you are doing doTERRA, or if it would just help to put it out there to the Universe or share it with your fellows who are cheering you on as you grow in your business, please share it with us! I’d love to hear what drives and motivates you, what you hold on to when things are kinda tricky in the ol’ doTERRA biz. It’s an important part of this process to me . . . as is pacing and being gentle and trusting the process.
I hope you all are in a sweet, heart-centered place today or can at least feel my love and gratitude for each of you on this journey with me this morning.
I’m off for my morning run . . . we’ll see what the pace feels like today.
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