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Who do you listen to?

This is going to be a short post this week with just one focal point: who do you listen to? I mean, what teachers, mentors, guides really resonate with you?

I want to share with you those who have been instrumental in shaping my view of spiritual matters as well as business ones. Maybe you’ll see some familiar faces, maybe you’ll see some new ones.

The very first person I listened to in-depth was Dr. Wayne Dyer. Goodness, I inhaled all his material early on. I even went to see him speak and marveled at how he could just talk about these complicated topics off the top of his head. The most important bit of advice I got from Dr. Dyer? “Detach from the outcome.” (hard to do, let me tell you!)

Myss Practically IntuitiveThat led me to a woman I consider the Mother Superior of the Woo and that’s Caroline Myss. Her seminal book “Anatomy of the Spirit” showing the connectedness of the Hindu chakra system, the seven sacraments of the Christian faith and the Tree of Life from the Kabbalah was light years ahead of its time when it came out in 1997.

She was like every nun I had in Catholic school (but in a good way, not in a ‘throw chalk at you for talking in class” way). It’s one of my bucket list items to work with her personally but I’m not sure my overly sensitive self could handle it. I adore her. Every single thing I know about the energy system, I learned from Caroline Myss.

My good friend Joy Phillips has studied the archetype system showcased in the book “Sacred Contracts” (interesting and hella dense material!) and has been certified by Myss herself. So if you’d like to know more about how these archetypes show up in your life (without spending 700 years reading that book!), go check out Joy’s site. (I was not at all surprised to see the Detective archetype active in my energy – I’m always wondering what’s going on with stuff!)

And more recently, I’ve been drawn to a few people in the online business world. These are people who get my dollars and my attention.

I’ve mentioned him before but the quirky dude named James Altucher is on my must-follow list for good. He’s just amazing to me – done so many things, failed, done different things, written about them and he thinks in ways that keep me guessing. James Altucher Practically IntuitiveI’ve bought all his books, listened (for a while) to his podcast (not a fan of his odd co-host) and find him to be a truly on-the-edge mind. I don’t always agree with him but he helps keep my mind sharp. Do yourself a favor and follow him.

Tad Hargrave, from Marketing for Hippies knows how to sift down complicated marketing concepts into plain language. His recent article (a rant written nicely) shows what it’s like when you tell someone you’re going to show up to their event and then blow it off. it feels sucky and he tells you why and what to do about it if you’re the event presenter. (I’ve bought almost every product he has for sale – one of my best investments!)

So, that’s who I listen to and who have helped me get to where I am today (wherever that is!). Who are your g0-to peeps? Share in the comments, if you’d like.


So, how’s your business going?

If you’re not sure what’s going on or need new eyes on a project, I can help.  I’ve got a free no-pitch 15 minute call to troubleshoot what’s going on and it’s all yours.  ♥ 

Just click here >>>this special link<<< and you’re on your way to the next step!

It’s all about alignment!

Alignment, baybee! That’s where it’s at!

If you’re a member of my free Facebook group “The Business of Intuition“, you’ll know what I’m talking about. If you’re not (horrors!), here’s the scoop. Beth Grant, of Truth and Consciousness has created a brilliant way to work in your business. It’s called the “Archetype Alignment” grid and focuses on using your natural style rather than trying to force yourself into a way that feels uncomfortable to you.

Some of us are lucky to intuitively know which archetype is our natural one and that’s really when marketing gets easy and a lot more fun. Some of us follow the big names and are instructed to do it their way and then feel frustrated when our business just dies on the vine.And some of us have no clue at all and wander around in a dark closet, feeling for the doorway.

Wouldn’t it be nice to know which marketing style works with your own personality so that there’s a lot more ease and joy in putting yourself out there? 

Beth’s grid makes it easy and she offers a lot of support on how to use this information (for free) so if you’re curious about whether you’ve been working in a soulfully-aligned way, check out her site at Truth and Consciousness.

I’m telling you all this why?

Mastermind group practically intuitiveBecause I’m currently working my way through the Certified Ambassador program and will soon be using this with my clients in our one-to-one work.

The fun is in putting together marketing programs that feel good, are aligned and help you create the consistent income you want.

I wish that I had something like this when I started. I spent so much money on programs that were way out of alignment with who I am and since they felt so crappy, I abandoned them, tossing tons of money out the window. UGH.

The good news is that I had some pieces of it right (I’m a conversational truth guide – there’s power in my voice) and I was already using that in my podcasts and free training. What I didn’t know, however, was how to make this work in all areas of my business.

Now I do! And you can, too. (It’s not complicated once you know your archetype!) Look for more information coming about how we can get your business truly aligned with your natural strengths in the very near future!

So, how’s your business going?

If you’re not sure what’s going on or need new eyes on a project, I can help.  I’ve got a free no-pitch 15 minute call to troubleshoot what’s going on and it’s all yours.  ♥ 

Just click here >>>this special link<<< and you’re on your way to the next step!

If only it was this easy!

A couple weeks ago, I saw someone in an entrepreneurial group talking about how, as a new coach, she made something like $15,000 in the first three months. Good for her, I thought. It’s always nice to see people do well.

Then she launched a program to teach others how to do exactly that. And that’s where I furrowed my brow a bit. She posted in this group about how it was a myth that it takes a while to build a solid business because she did it in under six months. And had everyone high-fiving her and congratulating her.

Hmmm. Here’s the thing: each person’s success depends on about 800 different factors. And to promise to show someone the way you did it presupposes that they are just like you. Which is not the case, unless you’re an alien of some sort and then maybe, right? Who knows?

Someone could have zero clue about anything but have the right energetics and BOOM! $15,000 in a few months. Someone could be doing every single thing the “experts” tells them to do and month after month goes by with zero business because there’s some underlying stuff getting in the way.

But saying that doesn’t get you clients, right?

It’s so much sexier to say “I made this much money in a short time with little training and you can, too” because we all want to BELIEVE. We want to believe that it’s possible for us. And that building a business doesn’t have to be difficult.

It bothers me when programs or courses are put out there telling you how easy it is to build a “six figure business”. The truth of the matter is that anyone can follow all the “right” marketing steps – it’s no secret. You can find all that information online if you want to look for it.

You can have all your marketing down pat but if you’re busy jacking things up because you’ve got some inner yuck going on, ain’t no $15,000 gonna drop in your lap. It won’t. Your energy won’t allow it.

You can take course after course after course and if you’re hell-bent on being invisible, then all that information is just that. Information sitting on a shelf while you’re busy hiding. (And $15,000 doesn’t show up for invisible folk, you know!)

The real work and the part that cannot be quantified is how willing someone is to face their fears, fight through their resistance, get out of their own way and deal with whatever comes up.

If you want easy, this isn’t it no matter what the big names tell you. If you want money to fall in your lap, you better do the work to BE the energy that can receive that (which means clearing and releasing all the things that are blocking the way). magic fairy

I’m not here to bash anyone or any program. I’m saying that there is no magic bullet to success. I would even bet that this nice coach has done a buttload of inner work to get to the place where it all just came together as if by magic. Maybe she doesn’t realize it (or does and doesn’t mention that part) but no one escapes this requirement.

As you build the foundation of your business, know that your inner work MUST be part of that. No program can do it for you, no matter how sexy they make it sound.

So, how’s your business going?

If you’re not sure what’s going on or need new eyes on a project, I can help.  I’ve got a free no-pitch 15 minute call to troubleshoot what’s going on and it’s all yours.  ♥ 

Just click here >>>this special link<<< and you’re on your way to the next step!

What to write about if you’re not a writer

I have always been one to communicate (a lot, according to my family) and when blogs were first getting started (way back in the dark ages circa 2002), I took to them like the proverbial duck to you-know-what.blogging

Making the transition from that personal blog to blogging for Practically Intuitive was easy for me because my writing voice is exactly the same as my speaking voice. I just changed up what I talked about, mostly.

It can be difficult to know what to write about when you first start your online business, especially if writing doesn’t come easily to you. Where do you even start?

And, what if you don’t even think anyone is reading it? It’s like blogging into the abyss! What’s the damn point, right?

This super article by CoSchedule gives you a great framework for where to start and how to build your content over time. It’s a good read with lots of helpful info for newbies.

Lisa’s blogging tips for new intuitives, soul-preneurs and anyone else who wants them

1. Don’t be bummed out if no one comments. I used to get so hung up on that! Do I love them? Yes. Will I die if I don’t have any? No, probably not. Neither will you. Write, share the word about what you’re working on and keep moving.

2. Go visit other blogs and leave good comments there. Not for spamming purposes but to create some energy around you and your business. You’ll get known in places that you might not ordinarily get seen. One of my friends and good clients found me on a Problogger site years ago. I support her work and she reaches out when she needs some intuitive help.

3. Use a cool nickname for yourself to stand out. I always use “Lisa | High Priestess of the Woo” when I comment and I get a LOT of visitors that way because who doesn’t want to know what a HPotW is, right?

4. Participate in blogging events – Two years in a row I did a 30-Day Blogging Challenge and while not every entry was stellar, it helped create sixty posts that I was able to share again in other places and it helped me gain a new audience for my work.

5. You don’t have to be a writer to do blog posts! There are tons of ways to get your word out! You can create an audio or start a podcast or do a video (better known as a ‘vlog’).  I’m a writer so that’s how I best communicate. If you’re not, don’t let that stop you from sharing your unique point of view.

The important thing is just start. Use whatever makes it easiest for you and jump in. You’ll find your own style, your own rhythm and soon it will be easier than you thought possible.

So, how’s your business going?

If you’re not sure what’s going on or need new eyes on a project, I can help.  I’ve got a free no-pitch 15 minute call to troubleshoot what’s going on and it’s all yours.  ♥ 

Just click here >>>this special link<<< and you’re on your way to the next step!

It’s better to give than receive. Really??

I’ll start this post out by saying that I have a very difficult time receiving. I much prefer giving because, well, it’s easier and more fun for me. Picking out just the right card and gift is an art and it’s one I’m quite good at doing, thankyouverymuch.

give and take
Still, if you’re always giving and not often receiving (gifts, compliments, help, etc.) then the balance is way off. You aren’t being re-fueled in a way that supports you. Before you know it, you’re depleted and resentful.

This was me, several weeks ago. I was all grumbly and sad because it felt like I was giving a lot and no one was giving back.I asked a few trusted friends if I put off the energy of not needing anything and I got a pretty unequivocal YES.

It was kind of humbling to realize that I was the one shutting myself off from getting what I most wanted. I was so afraid that I’d come across as a whiny 5-year old, begging someone to pay attention to me, that I managed to go in the opposite direction and act like I needed nothing.Then I ran around feeling hurt because no one paid attention to me.

Geez, Lisa.

Ah! But there’s a silver lining!

Since I’m the one blocking the way, I’m also the one that can move. The shift is mine to make. I’m not sitting around waiting on someone else to change so I can be happy and get what I need. It’s all in my hands.

What about you?

Are you a perpetual giver but a craptastic receiver?

Why might that balance be off?

What payoff are you getting for never allowing anything in?

(There’s always a payoff! Mine was a desperate fear of looking needy so the payoff wasno one could judge me for looking needy if I refused to show what I need. As if I had any control over what others thought about me anyway!)

How can you allow the Universe to give you more?

What else is possible if you open up and say “yes, please”? 

Will the Universe lose faith in you?

If you don’t quit your day job and go all in, Spirit will know you’re not serious about doing your soul’s work and you’ll lose your skills.

Have you heard that one before? Maybe not couched in such a woo way but the message is the same: if you don’t do something now, you’ll lose the opportunity forever.

fainting_couchThe horror! I shall now proceed to my fainting couch. (Actual picture of me just this morning!)

What crap! Seriously. Just fear-mongering crap.

Your soul level gifts and skills are yours. Forever. You can use them if you want. You can toss them out the window as you zoom around Ventura Highway.

You can do whatever you want. They won’t be snatched away because you didn’t quit your day job to be intuitive reader extraordinaire immediately.

I built my business while working a full-time often demanding job. The Universe didn’t declare that I had to quit the moment I went pro or else they’d forever block my ability to hear Guides and Teachers.

Don’t let anyone tell you that. Not a coach who’s waiting on you to commit to working with her. Not your friends who want you to do it first in case you fail, not your inner voice that likes to beat you up.

Your soul’s work always comes around in another way if you choose not to take the exit ramp that’s in front of you. It has to. It’s the reason your soul came here. How could you miss it?

(Granted, if you keep zooming by an important exit, your team is going to “help” you get there some other, often less fun, way. Still, it’s always your choice and you’ll always get there, one way or another.)

Ditch the fear and just get started. If you have to work a day job to create a business that is profitable and sustainable, DO THAT! And do it knowing that you’ll know when the time is right to take a bigger step.

Trust yourself. And if you can’t move past the fear, ask for help.

Ask from an empowered place where you know all you have to do is take one step for the other possibilities to open up. (Wasn’t this the subject of last week’s newsletter? Apparently, we’re not quite finished with that lesson, eh?)

I know. It all sounds like TInkerbell will wave her wand and sprinkle fairy dust on you, right? But this is plain, down-to-earth, grounded advice (that coincidentally lines right up with the fairy dust!).

Creating a business from your skills IS a big damn deal. And not to be taken lightly.

If you decide to do that, do it when you’re ready and not out of any fear that you’ll lose your abilities.

They’re yours for life.

And know that the Universe supports you in whatever you choose to do with them.

Connect with those who said YES to you!

One of the most important parts of creating a business is having a connection with those who want to hear from you.
I’ve been writing a newsletter since I started Practically Intuitive in 2010 and I credit much of my success to keeping in touch with my newsletter subscribers on a pretty consistent basis.

I’ve heard it said that when someone opts-in to your list, they’re saying “Yes, I’d like to hear more from you”. So, let them hear more from you! :)

If you’re an intuitive, healer, soul-preneur, share your knowledge with those who have given you the gift of their email address.

Stuck on what to write about for your newsletters? Well, this article from Zapier has lots of good ideas such as sharing new content, strengthening loyalty with early access and keeping your community engaged.

Don’t just email people when you want to sell them something – that’s a sure way to get unsubscribes!

And don’t be the person who emails something once a year because if my first words are “Who is this and when did I subscribe?” you’re not doing it right!

Just be yourself!

Find a way to talk to your subscribers and let them know how you can help them by sharing your area of expertise. That may be through a personal letter you write (much like I do each week), or by sharing a story from your own life to illustrate a concept you are talking about.

Have fun with the process and let others get to know you. The more they know you, the more you create a space of trust and that’s so important, especially as a soul-preneur, working with others at that deeper level.

If you’ve neglected your list for a long time, take this as a nudge to re-connect and let them know you’re around – do it in a way that’s uniquely you. Practice shining through your words and see what happens.

(That’s your mission, should you choose to accept it!)

How NOT to work with your Guide team

Once upon a time in a land far away (better known as 2010) I created something called“Email Coaching with your Guide Team”.

Here’s how it worked: each Sunday, I channeled a message from my client’s Guide Team for them to take action on during the week. They’d correspond with me and let me know what happened as a result of that action.

mail-146645_1280Sounded good to me in theory. In practice, not so much.

What happened was I started getting emails from my clients asking “what do the guides think I should do about this?” or “what do my guides say I need to do now?”

Hmmm.  That wasn’t how I envisioned it.

What happened was that I created a space (unintentionally) that fostered a dependence on whatever edict was handed down from the Guide team.  Shoot. Once I saw that, I ended that program quickly because that is so NOT the way to work with these high vibrational beings.

They do not wish to foster dependence on their words for they are not the ones taking action here in the physical. You are. You must always be the one to make those choices and when you wait with bated breath for their next utterance, you are giving away your self-authority.

If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know I’m big on self-authority. Here’s what I wrote about it back in 2011:

Self-authority (as I understand it) means having the ability to discern what is for your highest good and acting on it.

For example, society’s mores say that you won’t get a good job without a college degree. Your parents think it, your friends think it but what if you don’t? What if you feel like it’s not something you want to pursue and decide to go your own way? To stand up to those who believe otherwise is using your own self-authority.

Self authority means making decisions and accepting the consequences of those decisions without blaming it on another. It means knowing that everything that comes your way, good, bad or neutral, is a result of decisions you’ve made. It means stepping out of the victim shoes and into your own powerful ones.

Spirit Guides are amazing beings of light but they are not there to tell you what to do. Whether that’s in your business, in your love life, in your inner thoughts, it all comes back to you.

Don’t outsource your authority to them – they won’t take it (and will always turn the question back to you) and you are putting yourself in a position of powerlessness. And that position will not serve you in the long run.

Co-Create with your Guides – that’s what they’re there for. Be in charge of your life and ask your trusted advisors (both in spirit and in human form!) for their input and suggestions. But it all comes down to YOU.

Does one size fit your all?

one_size_fits_allHave you seen those dresses in the store labeled “One size fits all” and you just laugh and laugh because that one size? It ain’t fitting your all! (Just me? Okay then.)

(Wait! Not just me! Check out this article called “This is what One Size Fits All looks like on all” and thanks to Lindsay for sending it to me!)

I find the world of coaching (business, life, etc.) is like that, too. What’s perfect for one person may be all wrong for another. In my Business of Intuition Facebook group we were discussing the merits of Marie Forleo’s B-School program.

One of the group members mentioned that she was a B-School alumni and found herself overwhelmed by all the information but not a lot of specific guidance on how to put it into practice.

What she’s found “to be the most helpful in my business is having a strong connection to your intuition. And having a personal business mentor that’s connected to their intuition and guidance.”

YES and yes and oh gosh, YES!

My first real business coach flat out told me she really didn’t trust her intuition much. Red flags aloft! My business went south quickly because she was guiding me to ignore my own intuition (which was screaming loudly at this point). I trusted her over my own intuition and got a good and very costly lesson.

I didn’t make that mistake the next time I hired a coach and have worked well with her because she listens to her inner guidance AND knows the strategic pieces to put into place.  Finding her felt like Goldilocks sitting in the exact right chair and being able to exhale.

My point to you is this: whether it’s in business, a relationship, or something else entirely, find what fits FOR YOU.

It doesn’t matter that all the cool kids do it or if every single person you know does it this one specific way.  You MUST find *your way* and someone to support you in the way you need that support.

If you’re an info hog and just want to do it all yourself, an informational based program is likely a fit for you. If you love info but get tripped up on the implementation, then a hands-on coach will work better than a large group program.

It’s all in what works for you and you won’t know that until you try something on for size. I’ve taken enough DIY courses to fill a small library and the best money I’ve spent is working with someone directly to help me get stuff done in my own business.

What about you? Do you find one size fits your all?

And speaking of that, have you checked out my new “Work With Me” page? I’ve created a program that lets you get what you need when you need it because there really IS no “one size fits all” in the coaching world! Let me help you get moving in the right direction with lots of support, strategy and fun!


Interview with Flora Luck

FloraLast December as part of the Magick, Miracles and Mojo Telesummit, I had the opportunity to speak with the lovely Flora Luck.

I met Flora in a Facebook group and love the work she’s doing in the world.  You can find her at The Good Luck Lady.

She’s sweet and sparkly – magical, really! :)

We had a nice chat about what I do here at Practically Intuitive and what life as a professional intuitive is like.

Love to hear your comments on the interview – what was the piece that most resonated with you?