Do you struggle with addictions and attachments? Are you dependent on things outside yourself for your sanity? If so, you may need to consider recovery from that before it becomes more entrenched.
12 Step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, can help support you with this. In this video, Russell Brand shares the first two steps.
As someone who struggled with drug addiction for 7 years in early adulthood, and is now 22 years clean, I didn't really know about these programs at the time and tried to do everything on my own. It worked, but I put myself in a fair amount of danger by doing it that way (I went cold turkey off benzodiazepines. A VERY bad idea). It would have made way more sense to use a 12 step program.
There is no shame in being honest with yourself if any dependency or addiction has reached the point where it is harming your life or future health.
Do you struggle with addictions and attachments? Here are...
We've all seen Positive Vibes Only people. In some cases, it's that they've been through so much that they just cannot handle anything but positive vibes. If that's you, I'm sorry you've been through that. If you've done the work, and integrated your shadow self, do what works for you.
Some people have lived as their shadow selves (a term Jung termed for the darker side of the personality) through addiction or aggression, and have so thoroughly explored it that they are ready to live fully in the brightest aspects of themselves. That is a hard path, and one few can walk. But, again, if you've done the work to integrate the parts of yourself, and you've got therapy to work through the deep trauma, have at it.
For everyone else, the work of integrating the shadow self is vital. No, you are not just the fluffy bunny. You are also the wolf/cougar/tiger. You are not just the bright and shiny light. You are also the shadow that is cast when that light shines...
Over the next few months, I will share 'meaningwave' type music with you, and break down the meanings in these songs.
That means these blog posts will be article length, not the snappy little soundbite info that you scroll through daily.
For that reason, only people commited to growth will read and digest them.
Those with absolute focus on the highest levels of success will take notes.
The rest might just listen to the music. All good. But challenge yourself to be present for longer form content. Your brain is being destroyed by fast content.
Spend time with me here.
Listen to the music.
Read the posts.
Be here, now.
This is a chill academy, but it IS an academy. You're here to learn. Stay long enough to do so.
It's something that Akira The Don began in 2017 that combines music and personal/spiritual...
Money Twitter is a corner of Twitter where indiepreneurs (solo entrepreneurs, and others with an independent, entrepreneurial mindset) meet and trade.
People often ask what Money Twitter is, so bookmark this or throw the link into your notes so you don't spend your whole life explaining it.
As with anywhere online, that's largely shaped by who you follow. However, there is a dominant culture on Money Twitter and it's male focused. That may be an understatement. Few of the large accounts there are run by women, and the atmosphere is frequently pretty intimidating or even unsafe for women. I've received everything from threats for suggesting women are sexual beings who actually enjoy sex (we are and we do) to d*** pics. I'm leading with the bad stuff, because there is SO much good stuff, but if being treated with respect as a woman or as any person who doesn't live in a gym is a non-negotiable for you, this isn't going to be your...
Today is St George's Day in England. The legend of St George is fascinating, not least because George is presented as the epitome of Englishness, but wasn't actually English.
However, I'd like to focus on the idea of dragons for this post. Not cute dragons like in Shrek, but scary dragons. The dragons of the dark cave you fear to enter, inside yourself.
Heavy stuff? Maybe. But it's a journey worth taking, because dragons protect treasure. So the dragons inside are wrapped around your greatest treasure of all, and it's time to take it back.
What is hidden at the core of your being that could help not only you but also others if you'd just let it see the light of day?
The dragon of rage wakes up when you try to look at what it protects. Why? What's so precious?
Often, it's vulnerability. It's our inner bunny or fawn. It's our frailty or imperfection. It's the times we failed to do our best. It's humiliation. It's the secret suspicion that we...
The alarm goes off.
You reach for your phone.
You switch off the alarm.
You see something trending, or a viral thread.
You get pulled into a hall of mirrors, showing you every possible reading of the news event or disagreement about marketing, or whatever it is.
You look at the time. 2 hours have passed.
Was it really urgent? Was it important?
Something's urgent if it's time sensitive and significant. A news event that affects you directly is urgent. For instance, if your area goes into lockdown due to COVID-19, that's urgent. It's also important.
A sale could also be urgent, but it isn't necessarily important. It only becomes both urgent AND important if you already know the thing or service is of value to you, and you're being offered a deal you can't refuse.
Things are important if they're substantially significant to your purpose or life. Time with your family is important....
Many people are effective marketers, and may even be good at sales, but come unstuck when they reach the close.
There are many ways to close a prospect. I coach extensively on this with my clients, and in Indiepreneur Academy Membership, since it's such a crucial skill. However, if you want a 'quick and dirty' way to do it, I've used this approach to convert high ticket.
A client of mine was a large and prestigious affiliate marketing company. They sold a product at the $1,997 level, and they needed a team of people to upsell their affiliates and prospects into that level.
I knew I could sell the product, as I'd been the top affiliate in the company before, but I listened as they told me the framework that had worked for them. I can't find where this came from initially, but it works. Fear, Dream, Quantify, Close. I used this to close up to 3 $1,997 sales a day.
BE ETHICAL WITH THIS.
People act as they do because they are...
While it's true that the quality of the cabins on the boat differ, with some running out of food and some containing abusers, for instance, we are all in the same boat. It's currently sinking, and it requires the work of all of us to make it sea-worthy again. No matter how swanky the most majestic cabin, if The Titanic hits the bottom of the ocean, the extra gilding does nothing to save the occupants.
Pretty grim. Also, kinda enlightening. COVID-19 has taught us how interconnected we all are, and how dependent we all are on each other for survival. The biggest heroes and heroines of the moment are not the yacht owners, but the nurses and the shelf stackers. The people we most rely upon to keep this ship afloat right now are the delivery drivers, the people who collect our rubbish, and the people who pick and pack vegetables. And the ones who most protect those vital workers are those of us who social distance, and stay home for all but urgent...
“As I was walking with a friend through a beautiful nature reserve near Malibu in California, we came upon the ruins of what had been once a country house, destroyed by a fire several decades ago. As we approached the property, long overgrown with trees and all kinds of magnificent plants, there was a sign by the side of the trail put there by the park authorities. It read: danger. all structures are unstable. I said to my friend, “That’s a profound sutra [sacred scripture].” And we stood there in awe. Once you realize and accept that all structures (forms) are unstable, even the seemingly solid material ones, peace arises within you. This is because the recognition of the impermanence of all forms awakens you to the dimension of the formless within yourself, that which is beyond death. Jesus called it “eternal life.”
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