Spirit in Business IV

Healers, Take Heart and Take Action!

Elizabeth Tobin
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Liz Tobin

As a successful holistic healer with a full-time practice, I was recently asked, “What would you say to a holistic practitioner who is experiencing hopelessness and struggle right now regarding growing their business?”

I would say, Take Heart and Take Action!

If you’re telling yourself that what you do is too “woo woo” or that people aren’t ready for it, here’s something that may help you change your inner narrative.  The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) cites data that projects a very bright picture for practitioners of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).  Indicators show that you are at the forefront of a growing field and that people are looking for your services.

Take heart from these numbers: Approximately one third of all American adults use some form of CAM for health and wellness or to treat a variety of diseases and conditions.  Conservative estimates point out that, collectively  people spend about $9 billion per year on CAM services.  And that’s just in the USA, alone!

Many people are struggling in these times of transition and you have an important and unique service that can help guide people through.  Right now, more and more people are awakening to the possibilities of energy healing and they are looking for alternatives to help them navigate through this crumbling status quo.

People are more open, receptive and ready for your work than they’ve ever been before. This is a great time to be building your practice because the energy is supporting new models and new ways of doing business.  It’s exciting to be at the forefront of the new consciousness and the new economy!

Here’s a great quote from Abraham-Hicks that I wrote on my dry erase board:

I expect that I will prosper even more during these economic times.  These are boom times for me!

Get ON board for this.  The world needs you and you can create the kind of practice that supports you on every level, and to help you get inspired here are…

5 Tips to Help You Build Your Practice

1.  Make the commitment to building your practice

When I decided to get certified in Resonance Repatterning® and make it my profession, I had a job with an Internet company where I could have worked 12+ hours a day, seven days a week, without end.  But after I made that decision to get certified, I made a commitment to myself to work only forty hours a week so I would have the time and energy to complete my certification and build my practice.

I still went to my job 5 days a week and I gave them the best of my talent and skill, but I disengaged emotionally from that job and I stopped putting in 10-12 hour days and working weekends.  I made sure that I kept enough of myself available for my true passion.

Once I made that commitment, my priorities became clear.  From then on, when faced with conflicting demands on my time, I asked myself, “Will doing this further me toward my goal of being a Certified Resonance Repatterning Practitioner?”  This made the choice clear; if it weren’t in alignment with my goal, I declined.

I had to make some tough decisions, but as I honored my commitment, synchronicities happened that accelerated my process.  When the Internet company folded six months later, I was glad that I honored my commitment to myself because I was pretty far along in my practitioner certification process.

Had my “day job” been my top priority I would have still been unemployed but no closer to being a full-time practitioner.  It was the biggest blessing to get laid off from that job!

2.  Write a mission statement and vision for your practice

Write down why you are doing this work and what you want your practice to look like.  Whether it’s to support you and your family or help people make a smooth transition into their higher consciousness.  Whatever it is, write it down.  Get clear on why you are doing this work and what is unique about what you have to offer.

Staying connected to your vision and purpose in why you are doing this work will help you stay motivated.

3.  Set Goals and write them down

Set goals about what you want your practice to look like.  Who is your ideal client?  How many hours a week you want to work.  What is your ideal working environment?  How much money do you want to make.  Make your goals measurable and realistic, and do something every day that will bring you closer to achieving your goals.

Putting things in writing helps you to clarify them and it is also a powerful first step in manifesting.  It takes your vision from the mental and emotional levels and anchors it into the physical level.  Remember: Success is rarely due to one big positive action; it’s the accumulation of many small steps taken over time, on a consistent basis. 

4.  Take a Leap of Faith

Don’t wait until you feel confident.  Don’t wait for that quantum leap to catapult you to the next level of skill, confidence or security.  Sometimes it’s a leap of faith, not a quantum leap that’s needed.  Get used to the fact that you are going to have to act in spite of your doubts and fears.  You gain confidence by doing.  You learn by doing the very thing that you are afraid of.  Act in spite of your fear. 

When I started my practice I had the luxury of being unemployed.  Why do I say it was a luxury?   Because I had to succeed at building my practice.  I had nothing to fall back on.  Failure was not an option.  I chose not to look for another job to tide me over because I knew that every minute I spent job hunting was time that I could be using to build my practice.

Not everyone is in a position to do what I did, but once you make the commitment and you take a leap of faith, the Universe moves to support you.  If you’re waiting for the support to show up first, it may never happen.  I have learned that things don’t usually work that way.

Along these same lines, don’t be afraid to experiment and try different approaches.  Let go of perfectionism.  If you get an idea, try it and see what happens, you can adjust and correct as you go along.

5.  Get Yourself Out There

Make a list of all of the places where you can give a demonstration of your work.  Possibilities include healing centers, yoga centers, the YMCA, the local library, the Rotary Club, etc.

If want to create an on-line practice like I have, look for online opportunities to expand your visibility.  Start contacting people to book your demonstrations.  Do expos, fairs, webinars, and teleconferences.  Collaborate with other healers whose work complements your own.

Getting out in front of people sends a big I’M READY! message to the Universe. You will build your confidence in talking about your services and it will build your practice.

If you truly want to develop a professional practice, first and foremost, make the commitment and don’t give up.  Take heart and take action!