Energy congruency means that if you say you are all about something and that you help people with this thing, you make sure you are that person in your personal life too. And if you’re not, you do something about it.
This means you need to be serious about what you choose to promote yourself as.
There are a great many reasons to become self-employed and also a great many reasons not to. There are already many articles out there promoting the ideal of self-employment. I want to add some reality checks too to make sure being self-employed doesn’t start to sound like magic faery land.
Don’t do it if…
Full disclosure: I’m an empath. That means I am ridiculously aware of the emotions and thoughts of people I interact with – whether up close or at a distance.
It is no longer a source of overwhelm like it used to be, because I am now trained at handling this (and I train other empaths how to handle this too). Nevertheless, when someone gets nasty, it’s still a big blow and I need my tools to not just “rationally” deal with the situation, but also deal with the energy bombs that some people like throwing around.
If you’re sensitive to energy, you’ll recognise this, although you may not be able to put your finger on it exactly.
This is why the best productivity tools are the ones that force you to split up big goals into tiny doable steps.
Doable means that it’s clear what you need to do and it’s possible to do it.
Here are 2 ways to make sure your tasks are doable:
When you work (partly) online, there are lots of available tools that are both cost-efficient and effective.
Perhaps more importantly for us HSPs though, they also shouldn’t be overwhelming, right? No bright blinking buttons and thousands of options, dynamic content that moves around and confusing interfaces. Our brains have plenty of stuff going on, the last thing we need is cluttered tools that add to the noise!
So in this list I’m including some of my tried-and-true favorite tools, with a few notes on why I like them so much.
Helping everyone sounds great, right?
And I’m pretty sure that that special thing you do would help lots of different people.
How could you possibly choose a niche and narrow down?
So here are three big reasons to niche:
There are people out there who need you.
Not all of them have money.
Not all of them have time.
Not all of them are motivated.
Not all of them understand what it takes to get results.
If you’re on a secret mission to save the world, you’ll feel that especially the people with no money, no time, no motivation and no perspective NEED your help.
As a business owner, you need to invest in training and resources that allow you to have not just a service or product, but also the marketing and support and know-how around that to make money with what you do.
However, there are other important ways to invest in your work that are generally overlooked:
- physical movement
- creative practices
Why are these important?
When you look at the standard biz advice out there, it usually consists of some logical-sounding yet overwhelm-feeding premises:
- You need a detailed business plan before you start.
- You need to dominate social media
- Network, network, network
- Expect to work 80 hours weeks – especially when starting out.
Let’s take these scare tactics apart shall we?
Of course, most of the time, it can’t.
If you’re of the “let’s save the world, and let’s do it now” persuasion, you might be more than ready to ditch long-term sustainability. You just want to invest in the wellness of the world!
For sure, we need people who are willing to do things for free. Yet, we also need those people to be willing to be paid. For, if all the real do-gooders are hoping to offer their services on love and light alone, then their love and light will fizzle out before their work reaches its greatest potential (or the end of the street).