So I wrote a whole long article about my history in business, how and why I’ve invested more than $250,000 in my own business education and apparently it didn’t save before my computer rebooted on its own in the middle of the night. Argh.
This morning, I wrote the whole thing out for you again. And then decided to cut all of it (if you want to hear my story, let Laura know and maybe we can do an interview or something) and just get right to the point.
Bottom line …
I’ve invested nearly $250,000 in my business education over the past 6 years. I’ve leveraged that investment into revenue of more than $6,000,000.
And the best thing I learned after all that, is figure out how little you can charge and build your business from that perspective.
Now, that might sound like crazy advice in a world of $100,000 coaching/mastermind programs (which, by the way, I have invested in and would very likely NOT recommend for you), but it’s the truth. When you figure out what the least you can make is to support a lifestyle in which you can be happy, you can begin to take money and the deeply ingrained (sometimes hard to see) motivation for more, more, more (which is never fulfilled) out of the equation and off the table.
When you come into the relationship with money from a place of truth, honesty, and awareness (which very few people have, but you can), you begin to experience it the same way you experience fuel for your car. If you get low, you do not freak out, stress out, or worry; you drive to the gas station and refill the tank.
Imagine, if your relationship with money was just like that.
How would that shift the way you are in the world? How would it shift your decision-making? How would it change how and what you are doing on a day to day basis?
Feel into that now and then begin to take the steps necessary to live from that place instead of from a place of fear about running out or losing what you have.
Okay, so how do you do it?
- You get more honest and clear than you have ever been about how much money you really need to earn each revenue generating hour you work to meet your minimum level of happiness in your life. You look at the real resources you have at your disposal, taking into account that most of what you have learned about saving money, investing, retirement and using credit/debt is bunk when it comes to living a life of freedom.
- You price and package your services in such a way that you are able to earn that revenue without charging hourly again, EVER! Instead, you create packages and even multiple streams of revenue, so you are not depending on one single source of income ever again.
- You build your calendar around the life you want to have first, then around the marketing you have to do to offer the number of packages you have available based on your minimum to be happy plan, and then you build a support team (both at home and in your business) around all of that.
Now you might be saying … “yeah, but Alexis, when will I ever get to have the fancy cars, the first class travel, and the big house? I don’t want to just have the minimum I need to be happy. I want more.”
Yes, of course you do. We all want more. And more will come when you release your attachment to that and begin to put service, love and a focus on what you want to be doing and how you want to be doing it and who you want to be doing it with first.
Build your business from that place and you’ll have more abundance and prosperity than you can imagine. Put money first and it will never be enough.
So, shift your perspective – instead of asking how can I make more money, ask what’s the least I can charge. And start building a business around what you really love to do, who you really love and how you really love to show up – say no to everything else because you never need to do anything again, because you need the money.
See what happens.
And then come back and tell us.
If you’d like more of this, I had a candid conversation with Jonathan Fields (who called me a Bohemian Entrepreneur Savant) about this topic and a whole lot more last night including the Money Map program that begins next week. The Money Map to Freedom, ironically guides you step by step to take money out of the equation and really build a sustainable, profitable business model based on what you really want.
You can register to get the recording of my interview with Jonathan here and while you are there submit any questions you might have that I can answer in a future interview.
And if you are interested in the Money Map, you can check that out here.