There’s clearly a difference:
—A workerbee is focused on the day to day tasks without thinking about whether the task is necessary to achieve the greater goal. The problem with that is the workerbee never has time to consider greater goals because he or she is constantly caught up in the day-to-day grind.
—A workerbee tends to adhere to self-imposed barriers. For example, he may think he can only make so much money.Or she may believe she must work an eight-hour day to be effective. The problem with that thinking is that it attracts situations that make the limited thinking a reality.
—A workerbee works harder not smarter, thinking the harder you work the more successful you’ll be. The lightworker entrepreneur knows that success is a mixture of persistence, belief and expectation that circumstances will end up in his or her favor.
If you’re caught up in workerbee thinking, you’re not alone. But here are some ways to shift your mindset. And lightworkers know that a minor shift can move a mountain.
–-Examine the success rate of your efforts. Is your Reiki business growing? Are you getting new massage customers? Are clients attending your intuitive coaching sessions? Designate a period of time, such as a month, to analyze the fruits of your efforts. Are you seeing positive results? If not, make a change. Drop one of your daily tasks in favor of another. Then use the next month to analyze that process. Have fun and play with this until you find the set of processes and procedures that will truly grow your business. Workerbees do work for the sake of working. Successful lightworker business owners do work because it’s purposeful and bringing growth to the business.
—Question your assumptions. What do you believe about success? What do you think it takes to have a thriving lightworker business? Be honest with yourself. Do you think it will take several years to build up the practice you’d like to have? Do you think you’ll have to struggle financially to bring your dreams into fruition? Do you believe you must put in more hours than you did when you were working your day job doing those daily tasks that you hated to do? If so, you need an attitude adjustment. Two books that can help you get there are Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill and The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated) by Timothy Ferriss. Read them, and re-think your way to a growing lightworker business.
–Cut your work time. I’m not promoting laziness here, but I’m challenging you to find one way to lighten your load this month. You might automate your tweets using a program like HootSuite, or outsource a task such as updating your monthly newsletter. See how lightening your load impacts your business, as well as your own productivity. When we work too hard, we often become less effective. We definitely become less creative, and creativity is the spark that makes entrepreneurs stand out from the workerbees out there.
If these strategies don’t work, you can always go back to your workerbee ways. But it’s doubtful that you’ll want to.