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I’m your host, Cindy.
Here in Episode 57 I talk about why more information is keeping you stuck in your business and life.
Here we go…
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Book mentioned in episode: The Soul Sourced Entrepreneur by Christine Kane
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Episode 57 Transcript
You’re listening to the Mountain Practice Journeys podcast: a comfy, cozy place for private practice introverts, highly sensitive therapists, and solopreneurs who help and heal.
This is the place for practical, nature-based, magickal support for your business and life.
Hello there, and welcome back to the Mountain Practice Journeys podcast! I’m your host, Cindy. Here in Episode 57 I’m going to talk about why more information is keeping you stuck in your business and life.
We are consumers of information. We read book after book. Take course after course. Attend workshop after workshop. Go on retreat after retreat. And expect this consumption of content and knowledge to save us from ourselves.
What we don’t realize is that if we took only one tiny nugget of information and actually spent time with it, understanding it, connecting with it, acting on it – we would begin to see the change in our lives that we’ve been so desperately seeking through the act of consumption.
You have the tools to change your life. It’s just that you’ve been collecting them as trophies instead of actually using them and implementing them. Just because you read something and think “this is really great” doesn’t mean anything.
One paragraph from a book could change your life if only you would act upon it, and do the work. One takeaway from a workshop could change your life, if only you would take the time to practice its embodiment. One activity you attended during a retreat could change your life, if only you would remember to revisit it when you got back home.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not at all telling you not to read books, or attend workshops, or take courses, or go on retreats. I really hope you do all these things – but from a place of true desire and curiosity.
I don’t want you doing any of these things because you feel like you should, or from a panicked place of thinking that you need to do all the things and collect all the knowledge before you can be successful.
Let me share the story of how the idea for this podcast episode came about. In Forestmind, my small-group mastermind, we have a seasonal book club. And our last book pick was The Soul Sourced Entrepreneur by Christine Kane. And I highly recommend this book to any and every solopreneur.
Anyway, we were sharing our takeaways, and they were plentiful. My copy of the book is covered in highlights.
I read the book when it first came out in 2020, and reread it for our book club. I was blown away during my first reading of the book, and was surprised to see how much more I got out of the book on the second reading.
I could honestly take one passage from this book and “do work” on this idea or insight for a full year, and reap amazing results. I’m talking about one chapter, or one paragraph, or one sentence in an entire book. A few perfectly crafted words or phrases can change your life, if you only take the time to not only notice them, but act upon them.
I tell this story to bring home my point. Many of us, myself included, are collectors of information. We read book after book. And don’t get me wrong, we get some good ideas and insights.
But I’m willing to bet that we don’t fully take advantage of what each book has to offer us. We don’t integrate its wisdom. We don’t let it simmer, or percolate, or infuse, or whatever adjective you want to use.
We collect the information, say to ourselves “that was really cool, or interesting, or helpful” and then we move on to the next thing.
I’m almost imagining this process to be like collecting ingredients for recipes. You’re collecting all this information, which is like ingredients for something special. But you just keep collecting ingredients, and never make anything out of it.
If someone asks you if you have salt, you can say yes, I collected that two years ago. If someone asks you if you have flour, you can say yes, I just got some of that last week. If someone asks you if you have eggs, you can say yes, someone told me about them a couple months ago, so I got some. You get the point.
But when someone asks to try your cupcakes, you’ll not have any to offer. You’ll not have anything to show from the ingredients that you’ve been collecting for years.
Why not do something with some of the amazing things that you’ve been collecting for years?
You can read all the books, attend all the workshops, and collect all the certifications and still not truly know and understand the thing like you would if you had been integrating what you’ve learned through personal work, reflection, and contemplation.
Take a helpful business book for example. Let’s say that I ask you about it, and you proudly, say, “Yes, I’ve read that.” But would you be able to answer the following questions? What’s an idea or concept from the book that you are exploring more? As a result of this how are you planning to change things up in your own life or business?
What are some of the tangible actions that you’ve taken as a result of this book? How are you remaining accountable to continue the process of implementing these ideas as you move forward, so that these important concepts that you were so enthralled with don’t fall by the wayside? I could go on and on. And, remember, these questions could be based on a small little powerful excerpt from one book.
Don’t get stuck collecting ingredients, and go make your cupcake!
I do understand that it’s not always easy making your first cupcake. Sometimes you get the recipe wrong, or burn it, or have runny frosting. But, it’s through the act of doing, practicing, honing, and taking action that you become more skilled at your craft and are able to move forward.
Just begin. I invite you to pick one thing that you’ve learned about recently. It can be a concept, an idea, or something else that piqued your interest and made you think, “hmm, that’s a good idea, I should try that.” I invite you to just get started. Play with it. Practice it. It’s much better that you do something with it instead of letting it wither away in your dusty collection of information.
I truly hope that this episode has inspired you to stop being only a collector of information, but to muster up the courage to begin practicing and taking action on the wealth of information you already have.
ACORN (Tarot Card Pull)
Welcome to the acorn segment. With each solo episode I’ll be drawing a tarot card to help provide some magickal inspiration and insight.
The card for this episode is the Nine of Wands.
I’ll describe the card for those of you who may not be familiar. The Nine of Wands features a weary man standing with a bandage around his head grasping a wand, with eight wands standing behind him. It looks as though he has been through a tough battle, but survived.
With this card being a nine, it means that he his almost at the finish line, and just has one more challenge to go.
This card is all about persistence, courage, and resilience. It is a reminder that there will be struggles in life, and you may feel as though you are constantly being challenged. But know that you have everything that you need within you to overcome any obstacle you face.
The beautiful message from this card is that this is the final obstacle before you reach your goal. So don’t give up on yourself just before you reach your mark.
Succinctly, the Nine of Wands is saying, don’t give up now, you’re almost there.
I’ll post a picture of the card along with the message today on my instagram @mountainpracticejourneys so head on over and let me know if this message resonates with you at this time.
Thank you so much for joining me today. For episode 58 I chat with Jamey Schrier of Practice Freedom U about time management strategies for busy business owners.
If you haven’t yet listened to Episode 56, I urge you to do that. In that episode I chat with Nick Fuller of iTherapy about the SEO strategy of link building.
I’m truly grateful that you choose to join me here for practical, nature-based, magickal support for your business and life. For more inspiration and to see what I’m up to, join me over on instagram @mountainpracticejourneys If you’re enjoying yourself here, please head over to Apple Podcasts and hit those 5 stars and I’ll be over the moon. And if you’d like to work with me, join me in Forestmind, my cozy, small-group mastermind for private practice introverts, highly sensitive therapists, and solopreneurs who help and heal. May the forest be with you.
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Happy Climbing, Cindy