by Valerie Jones | Featured Contributor
‘Being an entrepreneur simply means being someone who wants to make a difference to other people’s lives.’ -Richard Branson
Are you a spiritual entrepreneur? This has become a bit of a buzz word lately and has many definitions. However, in a nutshell, you are a spiritual entrepreneur if you are in business to make a difference in the world. Therefore, we could call Mother Theresa a spiritual entrepreneur, or, by his own words, Richard Branson. If you are making a living out of improving the lives of others, then you, my dear, are a spiritual entrepreneur.
Here are some other characteristics of a spiritual entrepreneur:
- You are heart centered and incorporate your emotions into your work.
- You have a strong spiritual belief, and it drives your purpose.
- You are in the business of helping others. Maybe you’re a coach, a therapist, a healer, or someone who sends love and positive energy with each shipment you send out.
- Self growth is a priority for you. You actively seek ways to better yourself and your life.
- You are motivated by money. You are also motivated by seeing people’s lives change and improve because of the work that you do.
These are just a few hallmarks of a spiritual entrepreneur. I call myself one. As a Coach, I work with people on a daily basis who are being brave and showing up for themselves and going after their healing so that they can live a free, fulfilled and passionate life. My work is my calling, my vocation, and my passion. There is nothing I love more than to witness the transformation of a client. It’s what excites me, motivates me, and gets me out of bed in the morning.
Gabrielle Bernstein has made huge inroads into giving others permission to build a career around their passions. The author of ‘May Cause Miracles,’ she has become a huge success simply by being authentic and sharing her spiritual practices and principles with others. She is a big believer that it’s not only okay to charge for your services, as a spiritual entrepreneur, it’s essential. Why? Because when you can make a living doing what you feel called to do, it changes everything. It energizes you, excites you, and motivates you. It makes you happy. She even has her own course for spiritual entrepreneurs, Spirit Junkie Masterclass, where you can learn how to do this for yourself.
So, if you know you’re a spiritual entrepreneur, or you think you might be one, I have a few things for you to consider. It’s not always a cake walk out there when you are creating a business around you and your authentic self. It can be scary and vulnerable and uncertain. Here are a few things that might help you on your sacred journey:
- Own It. That’s right, my friends. You must own who you are, what you believe, and why you’re doing what you do. If you don’t, nobody else will. People sense when someone is standing in their power and will innately trust them. People also sense when someone is unsure and that energy will pass to them and they will not hire you. So, do the work to stand in your power. Take a course. Hire a coach. Do the work you need to do, on you, so that you can be confident and strong in your message.
- Know your Why. People don’t buy a service or product because of what it gives them; they buy because of why you’re offering it. They want to know what you believe, and why you do what you do. Then they will believe it too. This might require some digging on your part, to really get to the nitty gritty of why you want to do your work. Once you get in touch with your Why, it becomes much easier to talk about the What.
- Know Your Message. Get super clear on who your ideal client is, what they are struggling with, and how you can help them. Once you have that nailed down, you will know who to market to. Your message, as a spiritual entrepreneur, is YOU. It’s all about your story, your journey, and what you can offer to others.
- Own Your Pricing. This is a tough one for many of you. I see it all the time; women who have a valuable service to offer, and yet are nervous to ask for money, or insecure about what they are charging. Get over it! I’m telling you right now, what you’re doing is valuable and the world needs you. You have every right to charge for what you do. Decide on a price that doesn’t feel too easy, and doesn’t make you want to throw up. It should feel like a stretch but also doable. Then practice telling people what you charge, without justifying or trying to explain it. Just stand in your power!
- Find Your Tribe. You need support, and you need a tribe of others who are on the same path as you. It makes a world of difference! Join a Facebook group, or another online group of women who are also putting themselves out there. It’s amazing how many of us are out there, and we all need each other. I have been surprised at the number of real, solid friendships I’ve built online. Get involved and reach out.
Being a spiritual entrepreneur is a calling. It’s a gift. It’s who you were created to be, and, as I said before, the world needs you. We need you to be brave, to own who you are, and to do the work so that you can share your gifts with us. Be consistent and persistent, stay positive, and don’t ever give up. There is more than enough out there for all of us. Enough money, enough clients, enough opportunities. Stand up and claim what’s rightfully yours.
If you are looking for a place to find your tribe, check out my brand new Facebook group! It’s created for women just like you,and I think you’ll find it a great source of support and encouragement. Just click on the link below to sign up. xo