January 29, 2013

Risk Getting Excited About How Rocking You Can Be.

Don’t get me started about praise.

There’s a thing some Accidental entrepreneurs do that makes me a teeny weeny bit crazy.

They dodge praise.

Or they take it in for a moment and then set it aside as an anomaly.

You’d think there was a law against liking yourself, at least publicly.

You may have noticed that it’s pretty darn hard to market and sell your work if you believe that it’s not nice to like yourself.

But it goes much deeper than marketing and sales. When we contract away from praise, we narrow the conduit through which we take in all kinds of positive energy.

That constrains the amount of energy we have to serve others. We limit the amount of fuel that can fill the tank. But, because we’re good people, we serve anyway.

And when the tank runs dry, we burn out.

And then it seems very, very hard to be self-employed.

I’m not suggesting you depend on outside praise as your source of positive energy. That would be just as nuts as pushing it away.

I’m just saying it’s important to keep the conduit open, whether to the flow of human praise or love.

I am suggesting that you open your heart and risk getting excited about how rocking you can be.

I believe down to my toenails that you have something precious to offer. And I believe down to my toenails that it is possible for you to thrive through offering it.

So open the conduit, okay?

Notice where the praise is accurate, and let yourself be nourished by that. Let go for the moment of whether or not you’ll be rocking tomorrow.

Let rocking now be enough.

Because now is all we have anyway. And it’s in this very moment that the world needs you, exactly the way you are.




PS: In case you’re wondering, I know both sides of this story firsthand. I know what it’s like to let the good stuff flow, and what it’ like to clog the flow with innocent and maddening self-absorption.

Letting it flow is better. Do it whenever you can.


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Ed: Brianna Bemel

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Molly Gordon

Molly Gordon is a business sage and trickster for the spiritually and psychologically savvy. Her lifetime project is to wake up. A Master Certified Coach and a Certified Facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie, she’s passionate about using and teaching the opportunities for personal transformation in everyday life and work. / Molly and her husband, Miles live in Suquamish, Washington, with Bolivia the wonder cat and three hens: Viola Swamp, Sophie, and Feathergrain. When not hanging out with their astonishingly talented grandchildren, she gardens, reads, cycles, and tools around Puget Sound on a bright yellow paddleboard. / You can subscribe to Molly’s weekly ezine, Authentic Promotion, and read her blog at shaboominc.com. You can also find her on Facebook at facebook.com/shaboominc and on Twitter at twitter.com/shaboom.