Transform Your Business by Following Your Heart

Created: Thursday, March 31, 2022, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 10:00 am



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By Kat Byles, True Business School

Maddy Cooper, founder of a sustainability marketing agency, Brilliant Noise was burnt out. Bex Shindler, plant-based chef and founder of The Mindful Kitchen, was stuck by a fear of failing. They were casualties of business being conducted from the head rather than the heart. Limited beliefs, assumptions, and defaulting to what worked in the past can be the result of a business that is purely head-led. Our soul’s calling and creative expression can be ignored in pursuit of profit, and our relationships and health can deteriorate as we burn out.

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By listening to her heart, Maddy reconnected to her purpose of creating a sustainable world for her children. She fell back in love with her business, pitching and winning big global brands aligned with this purpose. And nine months after committing to following her heart, Bex was hired as the chef for the Black Eyed Peas and had a fully booked diary of Ibiza retreats fulfilling her purpose of providing compassionate food for a compassionate world.

Taking a radical leap of making the wisdom of your heart the creative engine of your business liberates your true nature and purpose: who you are and what you are here for. It is home to your natural talents and gifts, creative potential, and contribution to the wider world that brings you joy and fulfillment. You are free to bring your whole and authentic self to business.

5 Ways to Listen to Your Heart & Transform Your Business

1. Turn down the volume.

Cut out as much external noise-causing irritation, overstimulation, and stress to your mind as you possibly can.

Turn off social media, news media, newsletters from experts telling you this is the way to do it. Turn off phone notifications that constantly beep, interrupting your focus and flow, distracting, and pulling on your attention. Cut out stimulants, such as caffeine that can amplify your thoughts, exacerbating unwanted, exhausting thoughts on repeat.

This doesn’t have to be forever. For now, turn down the volume so you can hear your own heart’s wisdom speak to you.

2. Get into nature

Step away from the computer and into the forests, rivers, oceans, meadows, and trees. Breathe in the fresh air, move your body, stomp up the hill, get your feet on the earth or sandy beaches, feel silky cool ocean water on your skin. Swim, surf, walk, climb, kayak, snorkel. Let go of your busy, overactive mind and come back into your physical body – natural rhythms rebooting your nervous system.

When working on a problem, you may find solutions come to you after a walk around a lake or through a wood, or along a beach. In nature your heart’s wisdom and inspiration more easily reach you.

Burnt out, overworked, and crippled by thoughts he was failing as a father, South African filmmaker Craig Foster began to immerse himself in nature through freediving. Here he encountered an octopus, which inspired him to pick up his camera again. He went to the sea daily, chronicling the life and intelligence of the octopus and their evolving relationship. This footage became the Oscar award-winning film ‘My Octopus Teacher’, shared with millions globally on Netflix. The natural world opened Craig’s heart, restored his wellness, and began feeding him with creative inspiration bringing forth his life’s best work educating us on the beauty of the natural world.

3. Practice Meditation

The ancient practice of meditation allows us to connect deeply with the calm, wise, sacred center of our hearts – our true self.

If your instant thought is along the lines of, I can’t meditate, I don’t know how, I can’t sit still, take a moment to be the compassionate observer of your thoughts and feelings – no judgment, simply notice them. As the witness, you can step beyond your thoughts and feelings into innocence like the Rumi Poem: “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right-doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.”

Here you are curious, open, and deeply receptive. Ask to receive your heart’s wisdom and wait a while in the quiet stillness and to listen. You will hear the calm, wise, deep, direct voice of your heart. The more you practice, the more you can discern your heart from your mind.

4. Get your pen and paper out

Journaling is a powerful practice for receiving your heart’s wisdom, intuition, and creative inspiration. It can help you become aware of any limitations, doubts, and fears, allow you to clear them, and connect you back to your heart’s wisdom and creative flow.

Julia Cameron’s book, The Artists Way, introduces the morning pages: on waking, three pages or 20 minutes of writing a stream of consciousness to restore and revive your creativity. Try this. Or put pen to paper and journal around what is working in your business, focusing on what you appreciate and what you are grateful for. Soon enough, your heart’s wisdom will share your next clear step forward.

5. Just breathe

Join a group breathwork session where a trained breathwork facilitator guides you through breathing exercises and techniques focusing on your inhales and exhales, to move beyond your mind and into your heart’s clarity and wisdom. Breathwork can also help you move through experiences of anxiety, stress, trauma, pain, grief, and depression into a deep connection, love, and joy; to release stuck and stagnant energy-returning you to creative flow.

Try one or try them all. Find your preferred practice to listen to your heart. Your relationship with yourself improves as you reconnect with your values and meets your need to flourish. As your heart guides you to focus on what matters most, resources of time and money are directed efficiently and effectively with minimal waste and distraction.


Kat Byles
      
Kat Byles is the Founder of True Business School, for creatives, leaders, and changemakers who want to do business aligned with their true nature and purpose. Kat helps people find their calling and create a business that provides them with wellness, and creative and financial flourishing while making a contribution to humanity.

The views and opinions expressed in this blog post or content are those of the authors or the interviewees and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any other agency, organization, employer, or company.


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