One day someone in one of my mastermind groups told me she thought of me as the “Queen of Ease” which I absolutely loved (and may continue to use as my alter ego) since my mission in life is to help the woman entrepreneur have more time and energy for herself AND more money and success in her business – AND do this all in a way that feels effortless!
I love the sound and feel of the words effortless, ease, simple, etc. For me, they are all related and mean that there is always – ALWAYS – a way to do something that feels good and doesn’t feel like work. The key to remember is that even actual work doesn’t have to feel like work. That is what ease and effortless are all about. It’s a mindset that orients you toward looking for a better way to get things done. These can be anything from hiring someone else to do things for you, finding the simplest and most comfortable strategy for getting things done or deciding that it doesn’t even need to happen (this one is great for anything you think you “should” do. You can delegate tasks to staff, family, etc. You can also delegate tasks to technology. This is one of the ways I get so much done online – I take a little time to automate my systems and then they run themselves after that.
Ease can mean different things to different people. It doesn’t mean lazy though it can include lying around. Ease can include lots of activity so long as it feels great to you and feels effortless. All of the behaviors of ease follow naturally after you create the mindset. The ease mindset begins with your intention to live joyfully and meaningfully no matter what your current situation. Joy and meaning breed ease.
Effortless success in your business is also as much a state of mind as a set of specific actions that you need to take to experience higher income, fewer work hours, more freedom, time, energy, etc. Believe it or not, much of my business model is based on the following quotation from the Dalai Lama:
“I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the principal source of success in life. Since we are not solely material creatures, it is a mistake to place all our hopes for happiness on external development alone. The key is to develop inner peace.”
Creating an internal landscape that highlights your desire to live happily, prosperously and with ease is the first step toward manifesting an outer life that includes all of the people, places and things that you desire. Doing the inside work first allows you to effortlessly manifest the business and life of your dreams.
This quotation from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is one of my personal inspirations for my inner life:
“How we feel about ourselves, the joy we get from living, ultimately depends directly on how the mind filters and interprets everyday experiences. Whether we are happy depends on inner harmony, not on the controls we are able to exert over the great forces of the universe.”
What this means is that your mindset/attitude is what creates the internal landscape that allows you to manifest ease in your life. You absolutely get to choose what mindset you will adopt on any topic and how you view the world. Is your glass half full or half empty?
Since I’m on a quotation kick with this article, here’s one of my favorites on choice by the very wise Albus Dumbledore, Headmaster at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft & Wizardry:
“It’s our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
So, where do you begin to create the mindset of ease and joy in your own life? Start with what makes you happy. What makes you smile? What brings on a deep belly laugh? Who, when you think of them, makes you happy? What is your favorite color and do you see it every day? What is your favorite food and when was the last time you ate it? What about your favorite client makes him/her your favorite client? What tasks do you absolutely love to do in your business and how much of your day do you get to spend doing that? Are you starting to see a pattern here? You begin to create a mindset of ease and joy by thinking consistently about the people, places and things that feel joyful and effortless to you. Once you get to that amazing feeling place of ease and joy in any area of your life, you can begin to deliberately apply it to any and all areas of your life. Ask yourself what is effortless and joyful about your home, your relationships, your community, your stuff, etc. Spend more time around the joyful and effortless stuff and less (if any) time on everything else.
As you are asking yourself these questions, begin to imagine what your life will look and feel like once you are living the Zen of ease. For example, picture yourself working the hours you choose, with clients you love, while making more money than ever before and loving every minute of it. How will it be when you are experiencing more freedom, fun, financial bounty, energy and recognition in your business while doing work that helps and inspires your clients and customers? Imagine all the outrageous possibilities for your life.
As always, have fun with this!
© 2009 Ruth Hegarty
Ruth Hegarty helps women entrepreneurs create confident and effortless success. As a certified Law of Attraction Coach, Ruth teaches women to unleash their powerful creator. She hosts the popular “The Art of Joyful Living Radio Show.” Listen every Tuesday by visiting Art of Joyful Living .
To learn more about Ruth’s group or one-on-one coaching programs and to get her free Confidence Building e-book for women, please visit her website at Leap of Confidence.
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