The Wild Wise Woman Manifesto

A Wild Wise Woman is:

  • a woman of any age who has a passion which she wants to flaunt to the world
  • a woman who confidently engages with life, while allowing room to welcome ALL feelings
  • a woman who says what she thinks!

A Wild Wise Woman:

  • lavishes love upon herself and those whom she loves
  • knows the value of self-first versus selfishness
  • dares to drape her beautiful body in gorgeous colours, luxuriant fabrics and wacky accessories!
  • utterly loves her body with all it’s beauty and it’s challenges
  • loves to move her body (dancing, walking, hiking, running, swimming, making love)
  • can say ‘I love you’ to herself in the mirror and know it’s true
  • adopts intimacy as a playmate

A Wild Wise Woman:

  • finds solace in stillness and silence
  • is first and foremost married to herself
  • knows the source of life is who she really is
  • allows her natural sensual nature to flow through every aspect of her life, including her business
  • works in tandem with spirit, discerning no separation between them
  • dares to take risks based on her intuition
  • has creativity as her bedfellow, plays with it often and has it flowing through her business
  • plays at her work – has fun, enjoys what she does and inspires others to do the same
  • has plenty of time for naps, long weekends, creative breaks and freedom

A Wild Wise Woman also:

  • isn’t afraid to do business differently from the accepted wisdom
  • loves to learn, grow and change
  • values the light hiding in the darkness, and explores until she finds the switch
  • asks herself ‘Am I enjoying myself?’ and stops if the answer is no
  • knows when to let her own inner kid out to play and when to be an adult
  • isn’t afraid to express herself in any way she feels is full, blooming and nourishing
  • is heaven on earth made manifest
  • regularly strays from her comfort zone and finds new ways of expression

And she can complete this sentence: 

If you asked me what I came into this world to do I will tell you.

I came to….

What did I, Jane Duncan Rogers, come here to do?

To fully embrace life, love with all my heart, share it with others and basically reach out and hug everyone! Telling and sharing with them that THIS is what life is meant to be like.

I came to shout from the cliff tops:

“This!  This radiance, this brilliance!  You can have it too!  THIS is what life is – open  your heart and come and receive it now!”

Which quality of this manifesto is your favourite?

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5 ways your lack of self-worth impacts your business – are you doing any of these?

1. Believing your Limiting Thoughts

This is one that everyone does, sometimes more often than not.  It’s time to stop!  Don’t even bother to change them – just notice it’s happening, and then stop. Here’s an example of how to do just that.

Joy says, ‘Oh no, I’ll never be able to be as good as X over there’.  She’s telling a story called ‘Comparing myself with others’.  The thing is, it’s only a story, and a story is made up – made up by the mind which wants to keep you in your place. The comparing story is a very good way of doing that, because whether you are winning (ie better than your colleague) or losing (worse than your colleague) both are the opposite sides of the same coin.  So you’ll never get to the end of this particular story, as it just goes round and round.  So stop ‘reading’ that story!  Start another one, if you must, but this time make it a more positive one.  Better still, drop the stories completely and start dropping into who you really are beneath all the stories.  That’s the source of your own wild wisdom.

2. Running over time on your sessions

This can either be you being generous or valuing yourself too little, depending on where you are coming from. There’s a very fine line!  If you suspect you’re someone who runs over because you find holding boundaries difficult, then it’s your feelings of self-worth that are getting in the way. Practice holding boundaries in all kinds of situations and just notice what comes up to challenge you.  And expect to be challenged – when boundaries are newly set there will always be someone coming along to test them, so that you get the chance to hold the boundary and grow.  If you’re not being clear about boundaries, then you are doing a disservice to your clients and customers as well as yourself. It doesn’t mean they can’t be ignored sometimes – but then that is a conscious choice, not just something that ‘happened’.

3. Undercharging

Yes, this is a reflection of your self-worth too. Pay attention to all the justifications you have for charging whatever you do. They are just beliefs, can be changed or let go of, and you can start to earn more money while working less if you really get clear on this. Hint – charging what everyone else is charging is quite possibly another way of undercharging too, ‘cos how do you know if everyone else is valuing what they offer or not?   What used to amaze me when I was running my Clinic was how the hypnotherapists would be charging £60 an hour (this is back in the late 90’s) and the Alexander Technique teachers would be charging £25 an hour. Why? Who could say that one was more valuable than the other?  It’s up to you to decide  – and grow into a price that reflects the true value you give people.

4. Ignoring Your Money

This really is an action of disrespect – to yourself, your business and money itself.  And only someone who doesn’t value themselves very highly does disrespectful things. (OK, this is not about being perfect, just about doing the best you can!) If you’re ignoring either your expenses or your income, then stop that and start to get interested in what is coming in and going out, while feeling OK about it. You don’t need to feel good to start with,  just appreciate what you do have coming in, and appreciate that fact that you can pay what you can when it’s going out. Money is meant to flow remember, and your attention as to where it flows is a mark of respect for yourself and the money.  Plus as you monitor things more and more you’ll see in advance what needs to be done when, to take you where you are going, or to help you make the most of an opportunity. Very handy!

5. Tolerating anything!

What are you currently just tolerating in your life?  What are you just putting up with because you think it‘s necessary.  When I first asked myself this question it was really clear I was tolerating a slightly dirty house because I don’t like cleaning it myself and so I just didn’t do it!  Which meant I was tolerating more dust than I like, more bits on the carpet, more mess than works for me.  So I got someone to come and clean fortnightly, despite the thoughts of ‘not enough money, not OK to have someone to do this just for me, I have plenty of time to do it myself’ and so on.  And what happened was that on their first day, I realized that while they were cleaning, I was creating a programme that would ultimately be bringing in much more money than I would pay out on the cleaning. A lesson, or what!  But I had to value myself enough to make that move. So ask yourself where you are just being tolerant of a situation – it’s not that bad, but it’s not that good either, and see where you can increase your self-worth – and ultimately your bank balance.

Why Spiritual Seekers Are Still Doing Have-Do-Be, and How It Just Doesn’t Work!

‘I’ve just got to get some more clients!’

‘I wish things were a bit easier financially’

‘All I need is another hour in the day then everything would be better…’

Recognise any of these?  I’ve certainly thought them all in my time.

The actions as a result of these thoughts seem obvious, don’t they?

SAM_0577Do whatever you need to do to get more clients.

Advertising, fliers, blogging, FB messages, networking, setting up more sales conversations, offering a new programme or product – whatever is your favourite way.  Nothing wrong with this, and it’ll probably take care of that second sentence too, about money.

And while you might not be able to create more time in terms of the hours in the day, you can certainly employ some better time- management techniques and get another hour in your day that way.

There’s nothing at all wrong with these actions. Lots of them may very well work for you, or at least have done in the past.

But.  But, but, but.

Do you actually DO them, or do you just get overwhelmed with the thought of taking yet more of the same old actions to try to get yet more clients, more time or more money?

Which results in doing nothing, or doing it half-heartedly?

Are you even feeling a bit fed up with whatever kind of manifestation techniques you might be using? Or perhaps you’ve given up on those too?

If any of this resonates with you, then it’s no wonder you are a bit jaded and tired of it all 🙂

Here’s what’s really going on.  Even in a spiritual context, where actions can take on much more meaning and therefore become easier to do, you can still be operating out of the ‘have-do-be’ mentality.

Really?  Yes, really.

Let’s look at this in much more detail.

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Slow Business: A Manifesto for Reclaiming Our Lives

Business as usual is destroying our lives and the environment.

An Article by Jerry Stifelman, Mother Nature Network

The business world was thrown into a tizzy in 2009 when Gmail and Google’s news site were reported as “sluggish” for “about an hour.”  The BBC swiftly cited pundits proclaiming that the temporarily slow Google was “bad news for Google’s efforts to build up Apps, and to a less extent, Gmail, as critical business tools. If the mighty Google can stumble, then who can be trusted?” Erm — since when did an hour’s outage of anything, except maybe oxygen, become a major issue? It’s time we slow the heck down, people. (Read entire article..)

How Modesty Can Be a Plus in Your Business

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“Are you awake?” I heard my husband say quietly. It was 4am.

“Yes,” I replied. “Are you worrying?”

“Yes.”

“Let’s throw the I Ching then,” I said.  This is the ancient and highly respected Chinese method of divination, one of my middle of the night survival tools, which never fails to calm me down if I am worrying, no matter what about.  This time, the hexagram received was number 15, Modesty, and although I hadn’t consulted it with business in mind, later that day I began to reflect on the presence (or not) of modesty in business.

What is modesty, and can there be a place for it at all in business? Continue reading