Early in my coaching practice, I felt confident in my abilities to help people as promised. But there were still times when I felt that good kind of nerves: before talking with a new client, saying something I thought a client might not like, or trying something new. It was fear, but it wasn’t paralyzing. It was exciting, healthy, and a good indicator that I was onto something.
When these jangly feeling would come up, I would always remind myself that while it was my responsibility to show up and give everything I had, it was also my responsibility to expect the other guy to show up and give everything he had. I deal in collaborations, and when I start thinking that it’s all up to me? Danger zone.
But I did feel that there was something more I could do. More I could bring. I felt like the pump perched on top of a deep well.
What if I just asked the well to let the water rise?
I penned a little prayer, an invocation. A gentle request. I goes like this:
God, Universe, Spirit, Genius, Muse Divine -
I am here in service to do your work. It is your work, and I am here to be your loving filter.
Please help me focus and be attentive to the work at hand. Guide me, inspire me, and show me the way so that I may better help others to know your light, your wisdom, and your joy.
I am ready to gather and radiate light.
As you can see, I wasn’t too particular as to who/what got my message. Muse, Genius, God – they’re all the same to me. What mattered to me was that I asked something bigger, that deep well, to show up with me. That is the ultimate collaboration.
The result? Faith. Ease. Happy clients. Happy Laura. Surrender. Movement. The ego and mental chatter got really quiet.
And I got to be the pump, trusting that the water would rise. Call it trust, call it faith – it’s one of most powerful qualities you can bring to your business.
So my question for you is: What do you do to cultivate divine trust? To surrender, to invoke, to work with the well? Come out of the spirituality closet and let me know in the comments.