In the ever-expanding adventure that is my life, a 92 year old ex-horse breeder and his trainer have started teaching me to ride a horse. Brave move on their part - the last time I was on a horse was 25 years ago, and I’ve pretty much fallen off every horse I’ve ever been on!
On my fourth lesson they had forgotten to get Blaze (the gorgeous horse above) up from the paddock. Bright-eyed and ever-enthusiastic, I volunteered to go get him. They agreed, although I figured from the looks on their faces they did not expect me to come back with him any time soon.
Ten minutes later I emerged from the far paddock with Blaze - bridled up and walking happily beside me. And no, it wasn’t a fluke - I managed to repeat this stellar performance the following day too! I have to admit I receive a lot of pleasure from confounding people’s expectations!!
So what has this got to do with business? The adorable Blaze and your business have way more in common than you imagine. If you know what questions to ask, when to sweet-talk, how to listen when it’s giving you information, when to feed it carrots and when a firm hand is required, you can create your business exactly the way you would like it to be!
One of the capacities I work on expanding daily is that extra-sensory awareness that allows me to know exactly what is required and when in a business. I was able to get Blaze to do exactly what I required by using the same tools I use in business... asking questions and following the energy and my awareness of what’s possible.
Because I asked him to, in language he knows, Blaze trotted up to me and put his head down so I could slip the bridle on...total flow and absolutely no swearing involved! He doesn’t do that for his trainer, and given his size and my height, there would have been no bridling up without his contribution! YES!! My unconventional strategy worked! (***happy dance***)
What unconventional capacities do you have in business that you don’t use or recognize? Most of us have things we do naturally, that are easy and fun, that we totally forget to apply in business, because we are so busy doing business how you ‘should’ do business. What if the rules don’t apply anymore? Could you do business your way with a lot more ease, joy and abundance?
If you would like to know more about how this magic could be possible for you in business and beyond, there’s lots to discover at Creativity Lab LIVE! (16-18 November) and the ‘5 Days of Change’ live-stream program which I am hosting on the Sunshine Coast (8 - 12 November).
And if you aren’t sure, I have been playing with a new question for making choices lately: “If I choose this, will my life be more expansive or less expansive in 5 years?” When I get the energy of the future, making choices becomes simple and fast! (And it stops me making it about the money or the time – excuses be gone!)
What are your unconventional business strategies? I would love to know!