I have had a few quiet weeks due to school break and holidays, not mine, everyone else’s. This has forced me to hang out in my office and catch up on paperwork, writing, creative developing and planning and whilst this sounds therapeutic and needed, if I am honest, at many moments I have wanted to run away!
Now I know many of you will be thinking why? This sounds perfect? And for many of you it is, but for me too much time alone, contemplating and planning without people contact is a recipe for total meltdown.
This is because I understand my flow. Flow is what we do naturally, the stuff we are brilliant at, were born to do and is so ingrained in our personality when we opt NOT to do it, we falter or become stressed. So for me, flow is about shining my light outwards to help other people find their passion and their flow; it’s about inspiring and supporting others to find their greatness; it’s about connecting people and organisations to my brand and creating momentum; it’s about selling and promoting and talking! And all of this does not happen with me sitting alone in my office, however hard I focus!
My creativity is so linked to other people I am likely to come up with my best ideas in conversation, as opposed to looking at a blank sheet of paper or a computer screen.
And over the past few weeks I know I have stepped out of my natural flow because work has felt hard and my innate rhythm has been disturbed. Never was this more apparent to me than after spending a day in flow; speaking at a network, followed by lunch with one of my Girls Out Loud Ambassadors, finishing with a meeting with five women in a large corporate, looking to engage with my cause. By the time I arrived home I was buzzing and recognised my flow all over again.
It is so important to understand this. If you run a business this is your core value to your business and is how you should spend most of your time. If you work for someone else, then again, flow is your best contribution to your team and the business’ bottomline, but in reality, for most of us, flow eludes us and we end up a round peg in a square hole.
So why? Most organisations from school onwards encourage us to be compliant and obedient. So we learn how to survive and succeed based on other people’s rules and definitions. Organisations are hierarchical and advancement is about delivering to a set criteria even if this means we need to step outside of our natural flow to do this. By the time we hit our stride in our thirties very few of us are in flow, we have just learnt how to get along doing what is asked.
Six years ago I discovered a profiling tool called Wealth Dynamics(WD). WD was developed to help entrepreneurs identify their flow and their fastest route to wealth. The basic premise of WD is that wealth follows flow and that learning and earning is a game. When you know the specific game that matches who you are, and then play your game according to its rules, you find your flow. This sounds simple but generally most entrepreneurs have no idea what their natural flow is either, as they have spent so long in the corporate system, learning the behaviours of progression, their natural flow is almost invisible. Recognising your value is fundamental to growth.
WD is one of the tools that has helped me truly understand my flow and my value to others. But a word of warning. Be careful not to confuse flow with passion. The two are NOT the same. I am lucky as I operate businesses focussed on my passion: to help women and teenage girls recognise their inner star and step up and shine. My flow is about HOW I do that. An individual could be in flow leading a sales team for an international bank but not necessarily be passionate about banking. Flow is about your natural skills, personality and value. Passion is about purpose. The goal is to get both in harmony at some point in your life. So how is it looking for you because believe me you WILL know when this happens?
If you would like to find out more about flow and your wealth profile, drop me a line. I am one of the few experts in the UK working with WD and would love to help you identify, get leverage and create wealth from your flow. It is a pretty liberating process believe me!
Jane Kenyon is a regular contributor to the3rdimagazine. Contact Jane at: firstname.lastname@example.org