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Journal prompt for spiritual leaders
“I am in my own right.
I am in my own authority.
I am 
in my perfect divine timing.
I am growing and attracting.
I am reaching and rooting.
I am everything I’ve asked for.
I am clear and focused.
I am ready now.
And so it is.”
This is what my journal reads in the photo above. This is a journal entry from July 16th. I don’t remember what inspired me to write these statements or what I was reflecting on when I did but I come back to this because success is born from your beliefs and how much permission you give yourself.Not enough of us grant ourselves permission to radically succeed. To me, radical success means wealth, ease, reach, service, clarity, peace of mind, and vision.

Earning 6-figures is a result. It’s feedback that says, “Hey, you did something that added up to this number.” All results are feedback. There are some undeniable themes that led me to 6-figures but of them all there is one I borderline obsess about every day – a relationship with the not knowable, the universe, divine source, or the energy between energy. 

Ok — let me back up to August 2014. I had just left the business I found with my wife and dared to imagine I could embark on a totally new adventure all my own. And I was terrified. I had failed 8 other businesses at this point. Why would this be any different? I had to start this business with $0. And it had to make money or break even. This was the deal I made with myself.

I produced some pretty bad ideas in the beginning. And thank goodness I did because they taught me the most.

—> I learned that selling digital products to a massive market required a ton of energy and money to get in front of people. So this was out. 

—> I learned that my list didn’t love to buy from me. So creating sales funnels was also a waste of time and energy.

—> I learned that when I got in front of people (speaking, coffee, connection) magic would happen in my business. But I didn’t make this connect for almost a year. 

—> I learned that if I was working M-F and charging $75 for an individual coaching session I was not even making minimum wage. I made $4,000 my first year in business and $35k the next year before taxes.

—> I learned that I needed to change my approach to this work.

One year ago I stopped looking outside of myself for answers and I stopped listening to “marketing experts”, “Facebook gurus”, and “High-end coaches” and got very still. I listened to my heart by opening up a dialogue through my journal. Call it a portal, call it a channel, call it woo-woo, I don’t care. It didn’t bring life to my business – It brought my business TO life.

Privately I was practicing these incredible things like breath work, listening to my intuition, meditation, prayer, paying attention to synchronicity, communion with the unknown, listening to nature, and channeling my guides.

But when it came to my business – it was like I slammed the door and forgot everything I knew. I didn’t trust my gut. I didn’t ask for support. I looked completely outside myself for my business to succeed and I was failing, quick.

I felt like I was running out of time. Now, in perspective, one year to a profitable business is almost unheard of. I know this. But I made a deal with myself; this business was not to cost me or my partnership anything. And we were bordering on this deadline. I gave myself until the end of 2015 to bring home a paycheck or I was going job hunting.

I threw caution to the wind (it’s a real thing) and hired a coach I couldn’t afford AND asked him to charge me more money to hold me accountable to a BIG vision. And because I was now borrowing money to keep my business open I stopped paying for all marketing and did something no one was telling me to do – I brought massive amounts of faith and trust into what would unfold next. I surrendered.

And then magic happened. Things that shouldn’t be possible, happened.

Nike called.

I got hired to speak.

I intuited an article called, “Roots to Fruits” and filled my consults 3 months out.

I would fill my coaching program in less than 3 months.

I was a keynote for a beautiful event for women.

I started to hear some version of this over and over – “I have no idea how you ended up in my inbox/email/mail because I am not on your list but it feels like divine timing.” 

Magic. 

And the more I trusted and leaned into this faith the more people would show up.

Is this “woo-woo”? No.

We know that the act of how we observe something changes what we observe. Because light, thought, emotion and consciousness are things and they move, act, and honor our intentions we can predict our outcomes by observing our present thoughts, emotions, and expectations. (Translation: what you DECIDE will be and dedicate to both consciously and unconsciously, will be.)

Was I granted success for doing good in the world? No. Absolutely not.

It doesn’t work like that. There is no reward because this would assume some moral or ethical righteousness that is better than another. Meaning – who gets to judge what is good and what is bad? 

I practice and employ universal laws consistently and have faith that they’ve already succeeded. And then I act as though I’ve already succeeded and what I need TO succeed shows up. 

Which laws? I thought you’d never ask! (This is my interpretation of each law. There are many out there. Adopt what feels right for you.)

The Law of Reciprocity
What you give you receive. Want to receive more? Give a million times more.
The Law of Divine Compensation
You will be rewarded most when you head the call of your heart and answer your calling. To earn money from something that feels degrading to your soul, will be.

The Law of Light and Shadow
The world is your mirror. There is nothing in your field of awareness that is not also inside of you. Lean into your fears for they are your gateway to freedom.

The Law of Intention
What you intend and commit to both consciously, unconsciously and in your highest plane of existence will be. But you have to be patient. For the time is not instantaneous even if thought is.

The Law of Dharma
You have a calling. You have a pilgrimage of the soul. It’s in your bones. And when it knocks on your door, answer. 

When I paired this practice with everything I’ve dedicated my time to (see last week’s article) it adds up to what I would call success. Financially, yes. But also joyfully. I am very happy to be living in a way that shines more light on my path, my calling, and my purpose.No money can quantify the power of fulfillment. I want this for you. If you want this too, Awaken Your Practice is just around the corner.

In light and love,
Andrea
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How I got to 6 figuresSome of you will read this and LOVE what I have to say. Some will never come back because of the title alone. This is dedicated to those who stay. Read. Learn. And take these lessons to your business or your life and do whatever it takes to integrate the ones that feel right for you.

I am a spiritual coach who works with business owners, entrepreneurs, innovators and thought leaders. I teach radical success through a spiritual lens. Spiritual is, for me, connecting to my higher purpose, understanding the bigger picture, doing the inner work, and seeing things in their right place.

I don’t focus on results because they are results. There is a chain of events that lead to results. I believe if you go to the source of success you get the result you want every time. This is why I don’t do strategy. It doesn’t work if it’s where you begin. And I begin with who you ARE. Your BEing. Your beliefs and your soul.

This is how I got to 6-figures. I will do my best to outline as much as I can below. I will leave things out. Not on purpose but because when you show up every day and work on your success you forget everything you’ve done. These are what stick out most to me.

In total transparency – this is not a lead into a program or a sales funnel. I just want you to have this information. Eleven years ago when I started my first business I would have given anything to be taught these principles.

I AM enrolling for my Awaken Your Practice weekend. But I don’t teach this stuff at Awaken because these are all habits. I teach how to BE the person who knows which habits to employ for success and how to show up every day for those habits. Again, at Awaken Your Practice we go to the source of success.

In 2014 I made $4,000 in my business.
In 2015 I made $35,000.
In 2016 I will make $175,000.
In 2017 I am projecting $500,000.

How did this happen? There are SO many coaches out there teaching 6-figure systems. I know some of them personally. There are a bazillion e-books, blog posts, seminars, podcasts, coaching programs, etc. teaching you HOW to make 6-figures. You can’t pay me to help you make 6-figures because it’s short sighted.

Ok — here we go.
How I got here. These are in no particular order. And there’s more where these came from. But these are ALL things I had to work very intently to be OK doing on a daily basis.
It didn’t take me one year to go from $35k to $175k – it took me SIX years. Yes, there’s technically only one year between 2015 and 2016 but it required everything I did in the past 6 years to make this leap possible.

I mastered my craft. While people were studying SEO, social media tactics, sales funnels, etc. I had my nose in the “coaching/neuroscience/psychology/business/money/spirituality books, seminars, certifications, programs, and mentorships. I mastered what it means to be a great coach.

I hired a coach and stretched what I thought I could “afford”. I paid a coach $1,500/month for a year before I charged $1,500/month for a year. I took the risk, first.

I learned everything I could about money. All of it. I mean all of it. And that awesome Tony Robbin’s book about Money that weighs 10lbs. and is 700 pages? Read it. LOVED it. I took money seminars, went to money classes, read 50+ money books, and dealt with allllllll my money baggage. And I do mean all.

I treat my business like a business. I have a biz bank account, a biz license, disability insurance, and pay myself actual paychecks.

I set goals beyond what I thought was possible. I didn’t set out to be a 6-fgure coach, I set out to be a 7-fgure company.

I quit paying for marketing and advertising. I started to MEET people. Like, talk to real people. I had over 90 in-person conversations in 90 days last year.

I had a TON of coaching conversations. Instead of being busy trying to FB market sales funnels for an email I actively booked coaching conversations. Over 1,000 of them.

I wasn’t afraid to give my absolute best service away, for free. Of those 1,000 coaching convos I had 180 this year alone, and they were 2-hours each. These calls changed my life and my business.

I modeled successful people. If they wore a watch, so did I. If they read so-and-so book, so did I. If they meditated, so did I. If they drank kale smoothies in the morning, I tried. 😉

I grew my team. I stopped DIYing everything.

I tapped into a mission I can’t possibly accomplish and it will drive me for life.

I fell in love with this awesome and very handy resource called money.

I put blinders up to “competition”.

I invested more than $30,000 in continued education.

I practiced hearing the word no by getting over 150 of them this year alone.

I asked for criticism and honest feedback.

I did a s*#t ton of inner work.

I quit quitting when it got hard.

I gave away more than I expected to be paid for.

I read over 200 books.

I took total responsibility for my lack of success in the past.

I started a morning routine that I am dedicated to no matter the day of the week.

I cleaned up my diet. And I healed my body.

I worked less but did more that mattered.

I cut out more than 25 hours of TV per week.

I only started enrolling 10/10 clients and risked leaving money on the table.

I filled my office with affirming messages.

I cleared out toxic relationships.

I created a compelling future I can’t stop thinking about.

I realized I LOVE people.

I created a life philosophy.

Of the people I meet, have a drink with, or meet for coffee every week I make sure the majority are smarter, wealthier, and more successful than me.

I deleted social media and email from my phone and check FB 5 minutes per week.

I keep examining my life – my dreams, my fears, my triggers, what I am grateful for, what I want, who I want to be, and what I want to create. Without this, none of the above is possible. 
I should be exhausted just reading this list but this is the true cost of a 6-figure business. You can’t just sponsor a post and count your followers. I had to actively cultivate a business that was worth investing IN.

I am not exhausted. I am happy. Beyond measure. Not because of the money. I am grateful for the money. I am happy with the service I get to give because I don’t have to worry about money.

In light and love,
Andrea
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I am not your guru“I am not your guru” is the title of a documentary circling Netflix right now. It is a behind-the-scenes film of an Anthony Robbins event called Date with Destiny. You can Google it or search Netflix and if you haven’t already seen the film I urge you to.

There’s some controversy over his teaching methods. Is it just shock and awe? Is his power what creates change and are people just submitting without integrating the work? You will have to decide for yourself.

Here’s why I am spending this space to write about this – because I can’t stop thinking about this movie. Because I have watched it 3 times. Because I am one of the few who TOTALLY agree with what happens here. And I realize this puts me a bit on the fringe…so obviously I had to write about it. 🙂

Tony Robbins uses NLP. NLP is a method that uses language to interrupt patterns we have embedded in our subconscious. Language is very powerful. Words and labels are how we story information or memories about what happens to us. Those stories become our filters. Those filters tell us what to tune into and what not to. This is how we can stay stuck in the same pattern (like no money, fear of failure, poor relationships, etc.) ongoing for years.

NLP is just a tool. Really, he uses love and his commitment to his mission to help end or alter the path suffering has put someone one. And he will stop at nothing to see this mission through.

Two things fascinated me about this event and the film:

ONE – We are so numb, stuck, apathetic, and lost that 2,500 people spend $5,000 every year to sit in a room for 72 hours to WAKE UP.

TWO – Our typical model for change isn’t working. According to Dr. Brene Brown, we are the most “overweight, over-medicated, in debt adult cohort in U.S. history.” –> Ok. This flat out pisses me off.

We have the most resources, money in circulation, and awareness today about how to effectively change our lives and still we aren’t doing the work. Why?

Why are so many people sleep walking?

Why are we treating depression and trauma as illnesses?

Why are we medicating our problems which are the greatest gifts we have?

Why are we so angry, lost, confused, apathetic, and anxious?

As Tony Robbins says in the film, “We think low-level problems are THE problem because we don’t want to deal with the root of our suffering.”

So I come away from watching this movie (three times) and what is one to do? Well, sit down and have an entire conversation over breakfast with my wife about change and the art of transformation, obviously. (These are the moments I KNOW I married the right person, thanks babe for getting me.) #wearenerds

The question I asked her was this – What compels one person to shift on a dime and another to die with resentment in their bones? 

You know. Small question. And the conversation that unfolded blew me away. I took notes and want to share them here. I don’t have THE answer. I can’t. It’s all part of the human experience. But this I DO know – we are out of time. If we don’t start LOVING one another and our home planet….well, I think you can fill in the blank.

So here you have it. Unfiltered notes on the art of transformation…

The difference between interest in change and commitment is taking 100% responsibilityfor your life. And the decision to do so happens in an instant. Yes, even the things that happen TO you. Can you be a victim? Yes, of course. But when you HOLD ON to your experience you are self-victimizing.

The more willing you are to go into the darkness the more light you let in.

Suffering is human. You will never not suffer. Suffering isn’t the problem. Unintegrated and rejected suffering is the problem. And as Tony Robbins says, “Your problem is you think you shouldn’t have problems.”

You can’t have a breakthrough without being triggered. Your “trigger” is the moment your fear comes true. THIS is prime time for a breakthrough.

A breakthrough requires a pattern interrupt. Change requires a commitment to cultivating the new pattern.

We are collectively numb. Don’t look to the status quo to teach you about the possibility. They can’t.

You have to be hungry to make this change. You have to find what is BIGGER than you.

I want to help everyone, I really do. And I can’t. I won’t. Not just because of the sheer amount of people on the planet but because not everyone is here to change.

You can’t let go of your fears. You have to integrate them.

Problems sculpt our soul. You “problems” are your best teacher. As long as you aren’t learning you have a problem.

Events are irrelevant. It’s what you DO with that event that matters. And I mean literally, events can create the matter of your life.

YOU are your own guru. YOU are your own change agent. I am a guide. I facilitate an environment where change is possible but I can’t change you for you.

Here is what I decided in an instant: I am done muting my beliefs about this work.Because, as I said, we are out of time.

I am not a practitioner. I am not a therapist. I am not a strategist. I am not just a coach. I am a change agent who BELIEVES in her soul that transformation, joy, love, and happiness is your God given right. Period.

And this is what I believe…

This is NOT Strategy and planning

This is not something you can think your way through. Your stories are not calculated, they are created from the need for love and safety. And when they stop serving you and you decide to face them or untangle them it’s the time to come out of your head and into your heart. We go in with radical acceptance and self-discovery. You will take action, but first, you have to meet you where you are.

This is NOT Just coaching

Coaching is a powerful tool and one that I love. Coaching is a way of showing up with someone and using powerful, open-ended questions to inspire new action in them. I use a coaching container but I fully understand that I can’t help you move forward and get you where you want to go without giving space to where you come from, first.

This is NOT Just therapy

I am not a diagnostician because you are not sick or broken. Therapy is an intimate experience of uncovering and healing. I use therapeutic energy to create safety so you can open up and reveal to yourself the shadows that plague your life. But I fully understand that sitting or stewing in your trauma doesn’t release it or integrate it. Your stories need to see the light of day and be heard. They have so much to teach you and we’ll use them to help return you to a state of wholeness.

THIS WORK IS

An exploration of YOU

This may be the first time in your life you really meet yourself. This may be the first time you connect the dots or see your stories as energy meant to heal, teach, and guide you and not something designed to trap, harm, or keep you stuck. All humans struggle and hold on to their stories unnecessarily. How freeing will it feel when your stories and limiting beliefs are no longer gripping you or when you are not longer gripping them?

Healing occurs when you create a new relationship to the things that happened to you and when you let yourself learn from them without harming yourself or shaming you for them any longer.

Unearthing why you’re here

It’s our soul’s purpose to become complete and we incarnate to learn what we need to create wholeness. Your calling is your gateway to doing this. Your purpose will ignite a kind of passion that is immeasurable and will bring your entire life into immediate alignment and understanding.

Suddenly the things you thought happened to you really happened for you and you are left with a profound amount of self-love and self-acceptance. For most, once integrated, this calling will lead you to teach, give, and serve others in some way.

Radical action

You cannot get someplace new until you create new, inspired action – action born out of your most authentic self. Movement is what creates the tangible results in your life. But I want you making the right movements inspired by your aligned self. Most of my clients come to me because they want something like money, health, purposeful work, to feel seen, success, etc. They also want joy, excitement, confidence, inspiration, and clarity. These experiences are inevitable with the right action. The things you want are not actually outside of yourself. They are an extension of your beliefs and how you see and experience the world.

Self-love, self-acceptance, and self-worth

All of life is an extension of how you see yourself and how you show up in the world. Imagine what is possible when everywhere you go all you see are more ways to LOVE and accept yourself?

Breakthroughs and NEW roots

Your entire life and the results you’re here to create are grown from your roots. Your beliefs, desires, choices, stories, attachments, and habits are your roots. The results you want to accomplish are your fruits. We focus on planting new roots so you can grow new fruits. This isn’t about doing more but being the person you need to be to accomplish the goal’s you have.

Growth and Confidence

Both within who you are and the things you’re dedicated to is a desire to grow and expand. There is no one plan because everyone’s purpose is a path only they can walk. This is a kind if growth that brings new business, perfect clients, purposeful work, and new opportunities effortlessly to your doorstep. My role in this is to help you recognize it and help you say yes to everything you’ve ever wanted and asked for.

What will you decide in an instant?

In light and love,
Andrea

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