My last post was Saturday January 2, five days ago. Two days ago (Tuesday the 5th) I launched the two new blogs to 1300 people. The response was deafening… deafening-ly quiet, that is. No subscribes and no social media engagement, in my quixotic attempt to become a professional witer. I mean: Zero. I have been kind of in-limbo ever since. Living on coffee and chocolate, trying to get my head out of my ass, and convinced that I ought to be doing something different than what I am actually doing.
This come-down from 3+ weeks of hypomanic activity was so predictable it’s embarrassing. I had a number of good ideas today however:
“Two steps forward, one step back”
Because there is really no problem.
What I realized is that the writing and new branding is opening up many doors. It’s just not immediately apparent.
And could it be that bipolarity is simply an addiction to excitement? A type of amplification, as it were, of our American addiction to success? Which includes by the way, what I consider the ultimate human addiction that drives everything: our addiction to love.
I want to give my three golden rules for success as a heart-centered entrepreneur
(I am still learning these, in case it’s not obvious)
- Quit Taking It Personally (aka “QTIP”). It means absolutely nothing that I didn’t get engagement in my very first email. Immediate engagement wasn’t the goal, really. The goal was to create a starting place for me to reach out to people (see #2)
- Actively reach out to people and communities of affinity. And do it every day.
- Cultivate your energy first. Strategy comes second. I learned this from Christine Kane (note to self: check out her new branding). The idea here is that the key predictor of success for any entrepreneur (and especially a heart-centered entrepreneur in any creative endeavor) is going to be reaching out. When we are in a state of confidence and flow, we are infinitely more attractive. As creative entrepreneurs we are essentially selling ourselves. Cultivating our energy first, is how we sustain the quality of the product.
Be that as it may, I am contemplating a “success fast” (or “success detox”)
This idea may just be reactionary (“if nobody cares, then I will just do nothing“). But it’s an idea worth considering. The timing is actually perfect because Kelly Brogan is offering a 50% discount to her Vital Mind Reset program for two months. It’s important to point out here that active self-care is very, very different from “doing nothing”. Only a twisted, bipolar mind could conflate those two things.
It may be time to adjust the entrepreneur yin / yang balance. Energy-out (active creation and reaching out) versus energy-in (listening to the body, supporting others endeavors, and consuming other’s content).