Do the Hustle! No, no not the disco hit from 1975, lol, although I must admit I’ve done my share of the steps.
What I’m talking about in my blog today is hustling. Not in the negative definition of “obtain by forceful action or persuasion”; no what I’m talking about is hustling as in “busy movement or activity” or also as urban dictionary defines it “anything you need to do to make money”.
In my case though it’s realizing and fully accepting that, that is not the right path for me when it comes to helping people the way I want to. If there’s one thing I’ve observed and experienced in the last few years is that no alternative practitioner I personally know or know of has one stream of income, is only doing one thing (i.e seeing clients one on one), or is using only one type of social media. In order to build a full time career as an alternative practitioner (especially for the less recognized modalities) you must hustle! You must being doing many of the above mentioned methods all of the time in order to achieve any degree of regularity and sustainability. I’ve also noticed that many alternative practitioners are doing other jobs (still as independent business people) totally unrelated to their particular modality.
What has been clarified for me is that I’m not a hustler; and thank the Gods as the world needs all kinds to make it work. Some people are great at it and thrive on the challenge and the go-go-go, I do not! I am a person who thrives on routine, stability, and life work balance. I love to help people by being me and helping them wherever we may be when we meet. It could be on the bus, in the park, at an event, walking down the street, OR in an office. I can help best by one on one sharing of my knowledge, intuition and caring, as well as in a group presentation, at which point I’m doing it because I want to, not because I have to.
Having that stability and routine of a “regular” job (still working in the wellness field) where I get to feel I’m connecting and helping others then allows me the freedom and security to do workshops, presentations to small or large groups, talk to people one on one, group hypnosis sessions and private hypnosis, when I want, as often as I want and how I want. WOW, that’s pretty cool in my estimation!
I must admit I’m pretty grateful for all the learning, growing and change I’ve gone through in the last 4 years or so even though a lot of it (most of it) has been challenging and difficult. That’s how we grow though, through those difficult times. I’ve been so blessed to have friends, family and fantastic mentors and guides to be there and help me through it all.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of “it must be done this way”, or, “you are only successful if you do things that way”, when really success is a very personal and individual definition. Don’t be afraid to find out what is your way, what is your definition of success. Find success through what makes you happy. As I’ve said many times on my blogs, figuring it out may be the most demanding work you ever do, but it will be so worth it! I promise. 🙂