By Kristen Elyse
You are a healer: you are in the business of helping others. You do work that makes your heart sing and you feel amazing when you are working with clients. But when it comes to managing the business aspect you are completely overwhelmed.
You want freedom in your life and in your work. The idea of being anything like a corporate employee makes your skin crawl. But you’re also filled with fear about how to get clients, making sure all of your expenses are covered, and you have an endless to-do list.
I hear you, gentle soul. I get you and I’m here to help you embrace your freedom but also implement structure so that you don’t operate in a fear mindset. When you conduct your soulful work with a fear mindset, you trap yourself. You do things out of fear of lack and act out of alignment.
Think about how a large business operates: how many departments and roles does it take to run it efficiently? Now how many people do you have helping manage your healing practice? You, and maybe another person or two most likely. No wonder you’re so overwhelmed!
If you’re anything like me, you probably shunned structure as you began your healing work. You probably thought that you needed to be completely a free spirit in order to nurture your clients. But the truth is that you are still operating a business- whether you are working on your own or with a studio, you are in the business of healing others.
Some structure will ensure that your to-do’s are complete, clients are walking through the door, and your bills are paid. Embracing structure will help you operate from a state of gratitude over a state of lack. When you are operating from the lack and fear mindset, can you really be giving your healing gift fully? No, your mindset will permeate throughout your work even if you don’t mean for it to.
So how does a healer embrace structure in a way that nurtures you?
Start by breaking down your work into the various hats you wear: healer, marketer, accountant, idea generator, networker, report writer, etc. Break down each role you play into the tasks that need to be completed on a regular basis (daily, weekly, monthly).
Now examine how you function best throughout the day. Are you more creative during the morning? When do you tend to see clients? When do you tend to feel low energy?
Embrace the idea of matching the type of task/hat your wear to your energy. Some days you’ll be full of energy and feeling high with creativity. These days you should get as much creation done as possible. For example, say you have a goal to write 5 blog posts a month. Use this creative high to crank them out so they are written with a matching mindset.
Some days you’ll feel low energy and not sure what to do with yourself. These days/moments are for your general operations or organizing tasks. Clean up your email, run through your expenses on your accounting software, etc. You’ll feel productive but you can rest your mind until it’s ready to create again.
The point is to have your list of things that you want to accomplish and match those tasks to the energy of the minute, hour, or even day. Some days you’ll crank things out, while some days you’ll do less. This is okay. We may not be in “traditional” jobs but we still fall victim to the idea that if we are not constantly working that we are not doing enough. When our list is done for the day, or week, we can then truly enjoy our freedom. We can embrace the flexible lifestyle that we are building around our healing work.