August 30, 2010
Fairy Godmother Heather Madder shares the following:
I live in Arizona where it’s been said that there are 2 seasons.
Heaven and Hell.
Well, It’s August.
So, in the nicer meaning of the word….I’m in hell.
I happen to be a big fan of the great outdoors and because it’s never truly cold here, I can ride my bike 4-5 times a week all year around. (I love my bike just a little less than my children.) There’s just something about being close the earth that makes me feel connected, happy…and totally alive. However, around 8am in August it’s already about 100 and one million degrees, which means that for a good ride, you get to be spinning and HOME by 7:00am, or you might be in trouble.
Last week it was about 6:15am when I hit the lake by my house and decided to stop for a few minutes. I love this little lake. It’s dotted by trees and a small band of ducks that always seem to be waiting for food (which I never seem to have.) I propped my bike on a bench, began to walk and think about the big turns my life had taken this year.
I’m in a place that I never thought I’d be.
Until 12 months ago, I’d been working real hard at being a real small spiritual teacher. I planned to write a bunch of books and teach as many people that would listen about life, love, God and a whole lot of other good stuff. I even used to get teased by some people that I’d never have to deal with real life because how can you get stressed when you’re “meditating in the mountains singing ‘feel good’ songs all day long.” (welI, I didn’t really see it that way, but you get the idea.)
So, how does a nice, peace-loving stay at home mama like me end up teaching a bunch of people about money and business ??
In all my flower child time in the mountains, I never saw myself here. Never. During that time, if I would have seen a spiritual teacher start talking about business and money I might have had a quick thought pass through my mind …”fall off the true path much?” Of course, I would have dismissed it right away because we all know that spiritual seekers aren’t judgmental
In that limited life picture, of course, I was missing two really important–no, essentials–parts of my own panoramic life view.
Aside from oh, let’s say, 100 healthy beliefs about money (that are God-centered), I was missing something else….the POWER TO CREATE. It was a part of me, but it had not yet awakened, which meant that I always felt ill at ease, even anxious, about my life’s work. Even though it was “good” it was terribly limited…and deep inside I knew it. So, while I was wholeheartedly dismissing all the business strategists and coaches all around me as “worldly,” I was stuck in a small, self-righteous prison reaching a mere handful of people. Kind of hard to reach the world with a moving message, when you can’t pay your bills.
Unlocking TWO things made the difference.
1. Healthy, God centered beliefs about money
2. My own CREATION CAPACITY.
Those are the things that changed the game for me. Forever.
When I was able to take what I loved (teaching spiritual principles of transformation) and build a real, true business around it (not a nice little hobby)…I came down from that lonely mountain and jumped onto a highway of forward motion.
That is what made all the difference. For me, the POWER to CREATE is a primal drive. The same drive that wants to push my body as fast as it can ride is the same fuel that drives me to build something big because of how it feels. It’s a crazy rush to propel past my own limitations. It’s exhilarating to face my fears, jump off a cliff of possibility and create something along the way for a safe landing.
Building big things is where we find our power and truly refine ourselves. It’s where raw capacity moves to meaningful action. It’s where desire finds an outlet and turns from being a dream in our heads to true reality. It’s that pivot point where we must face our blind spots and start to see or we’re going to crash. And….it’s where we do the impossible because we want to, and because, deep inside, we know we can.
This is why I love to build things. I love creating my home so it’s happy, healthy & organized. I love it when my kids learn often from Scripture and they can all find matching socks in the morning. I love to build things in my business, too. It pushes me to places I’ve never been in my life. Building a real, true business made me face every fear, every doubt, and a whole gamut of limiting beliefs I didn’t even know about. Being a small town feel good spiritual teacher was awesome. I loved it at the time. But I was kind of up there on the mountains saying great things to a few people, but not really pushing myself to grow and reach as many people as I could.
It is one thing to know something in your head….and another to put everything you know on the pavement and move forward in CREATION.
That’s why I love spirituality and business and why I teach other people about both of them.
This is the movement that I am a part of–making more out of people and more out of humanity.
Spirituality and business DO belong together. It’s like two long lost brothers who have been separated for awhile, but came from the same home. If you will open your mind just a crack you can see GOD in both places.
It’s pretty basic.
1. KNOW what you love & what you’re good at.
2. CREATE a solution out of what you love, that improves other people’s lives.
3. BUILD something BIG around it to get it to as many people as you can.
Those three simple things are the exodus from a small limited life … into your own promised land, whatever that may be for you.
Maybe it’s time for you too to be do something bigger with what you’ve got. Something that will change more people’s lives and not just the handful you’ve reached so far. Build it baby, and know that it will REQUIRE ALL the belief, knowledge, skills and gumption that you can muster… and then more.
Every person has something inside of them that will make the world a better place. EVERYONE. Even you, especially you. It lives inside of you as a dream, a book idea, a song, or a special gift or talent.
If that dream is still alive, maybe it’s time to come down from your own mountain and get to work. BUILD Something. Do it. Go for it. I say this with love, but some of you need to just stop whining about why you can’t and really get moving
You will be a better person for it…and the world will be a better place because of it.
So, in 1000 words or less that’s how I got here. (Even though it was more like 10,000 miles
That’s why I am here–and why you’ll see a whole lot more of us in the near future. Suzanne Evans, David Neagle, Steve D’Annunzio, Garrett Gunderson, are some well on their way. More are coming.
I’m one of the people acting as a bridge between what has been two separate worlds. Bringing God to the business world; and bringing business tools to a lot of spiritual people who don’t need to be so limited to follow God.
Time to hop back on my bike, get back on the trail, and drive this baby home.
If you are reading this, I have one last burning question ….
Will I see you on the path?
Heather Madder is a professional speaker, writer, and former-talkshow host turned business coach. She is the successful owner of HeatherMadder.com. In her own words, “The mission of my organization is to empower humanity to awaken to love, peace, joy, power, abundance, and freedom by offering educational and hands-on tools in the form of books, audio CD’s, articles, and live presentations.” Connect with Heather on twitter @heathermadder