I’ve been a little quiet on the blog front, so I hope you didn’t miss me too much :). Thank you for being patient. More regular posts to come! Lots of projects marinating, with new endeavors taking root, and moving ahead. When I set my own intentions, one area of focus was to expand my business and offerings. In my next blog post, I will elaborate more on what’s brewing on my end. Stay tuned!
Contemplating my own expansion emerged a new intention theme of Expansion and Growth. This theme was inspired by, and created for the Business Intention and Goals’ Group (BIGG) I facilitate. Expansion is…opening UP to possibilities. Opening TO possibilities. Possibilities lead to expansion; not just for your business, but for yourself on a personal spiritual development level.
What does expansion mean to you personally? On a business/ career front? Or applied to other areas? Here’s what comes to mind for me. Maybe some will resonate with you.
Opening up to possibilities
Tapping into your full potential
Stepping up/ Stepping out
Expanding beyond the horse blinders
Surrendering to the unknown, but also to the excitement of what’s to come
More options for what’s possible
Casting a wider net
Reaching more people
Having a greater impact
Being seen/ heard
Living without limits
Freedom to explore more of yourself
Part of Merriam-Webster’s dictionary definition of expansion includes: economic expansion, and expansion of the universe.
Dictionary.com’s definition: expansion occurs “usually due to heating” – for our purposes, we could think in terms of “passion” or “fire under our asses” and “what are you cooking up?” or “what are you fired up to do?”
Expansion Synonyms – grow, expand, swell, outgrow, mature, double. From the Latin name that means “spreading out.”
When you think of things that are expansive, what comes to mind? For me, it’s nature; the sky, water, trees, and spaciousness; space (outer space), the horizon, and consciousness.
EXPANSION also means risk; being willing to risk more, being more vulnerable to fully embody who you are, and who you are becoming. Being willing to explore more of you, more skills/talents, and open up to new experiences and opportunities – as you are ready and willing to do so.
When you’re expanding you are…
Stretching beyond where you were before
Out of comfort zone, stretching and expanding your comfort zone
Out of box (self-placed)
Moving through obstacles, blocks, fears, hurdles, limits – beyond what is possible – dreaming in an expansive way.
There are lots of catalysts and tools for expansion and growth. Mind Maps are one way of showing potential possibilities. Read my previous blog post on Mind Maps: https://intentiongroups.com/2015/07/01/mind-mapping-intentions/
When you are in this expansive and growth mindset, share out loud or write down your excitement for the ways in which you desire to expand personally, professionally, and spiritually. Let your imagination and possibilities extend beyond your comfort zone, current reality, and perceived limits. This is a helpful tool to feel energized and embody the feelings you desire to create from bringing in an element of fun, and excitement for what’s to come. Approaching your intentions from an expansion and growth launching zone is empowering and helpful to broaden your perspective.
Exercise #1: Verbally share outloud to yourself, or to a trusted friend/partner, or write down your responses
My business is…
My dreams are expanding in ways I hadn’t imagined…
Growth is apparent by what I am experiencing…I love how…It is remarkable how…
I am attracting perfect clients…
My financial health is flourishing, and increasing…
My intention surrounding this area is growing, and positively expanding in these ways…
Exercise #2: What are a few ways you can expand your business and/or yourself from a personal development or personal improvement, and wellness approach? Where can you step your toe into the greater pond of possibilities? Where can you go deeper, broader, and bigger?
Are you allowing yourself, and your business to expand beyond its current borders? If so, are you experiencing growing pains from stretching yourself? Many of us have “stretch marks” from these growing pains :). Is there an area where you feel timid, uneasy, hesitant, fearful, or stuck? Observe, spend some time working through the belief, or feeling that may be limiting you, and steer through with ease, honesty, and gentleness.
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