One of the chief reasons that many in creative or intuitive based businesses struggle, is because of the level of value they place upon themselves, in conjunction with some of the beliefs that they have about money. In this blog I am sharing four of the top reasons you may be getting in your own way, and what you can do to begin to value yourself a little more so that you can increase the chances of successfully sharing your gift with the world.
"The value of a man should be seen in what he gives, not in what he is able to receive."
- Albert Einstein
1) People in your inner circle may know very similar things to you. As a result you may create the perception that everyone knows what you know, and you place no value on it. We tend to hang out with people with similar values, awareness, likes and dislikes, so it is not a surprise that we may struggle to build a client base from our friends ( and many people don’t even like to charge their friends for services which is a whole other blog ). It is not that they don't value what you share, it is that it is a knowledge or gift that they themselves have. The people who will value your work are the ones who are looking for what you know, the gifts you possess. Value what you know, even if it seems incredibly basic to you, because there are people out there for whom that knowledge is completely new. It is valuable to them. Also, there are people who won’t value the work you do, no matter how good it is, they are on a different wavelength and have different values, that is all. Who wants to know what you know? Where are they? Allow the universe to deliver you the answers to these questions.
‘I am valued for the services I offer”
2) You might look upon your gift as something that you merely channel, nothing to do with you. Whether it is your healing gifts, intuitive insights, or creativity, it is a gift that you have been blessed with. When you can look upon money as merely one form of energy exchange representing perceived value, then it is possible to place greater value on it. A football player kicks a ball around a football field and is quite happy to ask for $1 million dollars a week. Not that I am condoning greed, but too many spiritual practitioners fall on the other side of the spectrum in that they live in poverty because they have not allowed themselves to receive. Their humility can actually be a mask for their low self esteem or self value. Maybe you can do the odd session for free, but many people with incredible gifts allow themselves to go broke because they do the majority for free. Where many of us need to look is at our issues with money. Money is never the problem, it is the consciousness that has governance over it, so determine who you want to be with money instead of looking at the world of people in power who misuse it. I would recommend “The Soul Of Money” by Lynne Twist, the name says it all. There are many different systems that you can implement when charging for your services, so you need to ask something like: “What pricing structure should I implement that will help me achieve my business vision?”.
“I am charging the prices that feel congruent with who I am and allow me to fulfill my vision.”
3) Examine what you believe about the value of creative gifts. Many artists see their gift as something to do on the sideline because they believe they cannot make money with it. There are many phrases thrown around by those of the creative nature that limit their potential: “I am a starving artist” “You have to get a real job, art doesn’t pay the bills.” If you believe that you cannot make money living your passion, then you will not. When you ask the right questions you can be drawn to new possibilities and ideas for what you can do to create money for yourself, doing what you love. As a creative person it will be much easier for you to find creative solutions that allow you to make money, but only if you believe it is possible. Ask yourself a question like: “How can I make money doing what I love?”
“I make money with my gifts.”
4) Your spiritual gifts may be valued more greatly exactly where you work now, than you may actually realize. As a result of being receptive, you may find yourself living with levels of psychic abilities and believe that you must therefore become a psychic and quit your day job. Your gifts can be used in many different fields, and your calling may be far different from what you believe it should be as a result of your gifts. Listen deeply to the intuitive guidance you receive within, you may be called to be a professional intuitive, you may not. For years I thought I was destined to work solely for myself, coaching others. When I surrendered to guidance I found myself enjoying working for a publishing company, learning much about publishing and writing, and finding my gifts valued as never before. It always surprises me when I meet people in different lines of work who are not what they at first seem to be. So, if you have these gifts, and you do value them, listen carefully to your own inner guidance as to your highest calling when it comes to work. You could be the one to demonstrate the value to others. The world at large needs you now, and each of us will be called to fulfill that need in different ways. So on one hand, I am saying that you need to value your gifts, even when the world does not. But on the other hand, I am not saying that this automatically means that you need to drop your current profession to be a psychic to the stars. Your calling may be right where you are right now.
“I am listening to divine guidance and following my calling. I have valuable gifts that the world needs.”
"Price is what you pay. Value is what you get."
- Warren Buffet
When you believe that who and what you are is valuable, you will be able to persuade others who may not have noticed you before. If you are sending out piles of marketing pages, but deep down do not value yourself, you could find yourself struggling. When you believe you are valuable, you do not need to convince or prove yourself, you are powerfully able to demonstrate that your gift is valuable, and that you are valuable for exactly who you are. It is a great joy to be paid for who you authentically are.
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