If you have what I call the entrepreneurial spirit, you’ve probably thought about starting a business thousands of times, but for whatever reason, you just haven’t gone for it! Whether it’s fear, or not really knowing what to do or where to start – my goal with the article is to help you get clear on your purpose, and get you started on the planning stages with a few spiritual and practical steps. While I understand that some people are more practical, and some are more spiritual than others, a balance of the two is what will create success in starting and sticking to your soul-aligned business!
With that, let’s dig into my Step-by-Step Practical & Spiritual Guide on How to Build a Soul-aligned Business!
Step 1. Gain Clarity on Your Life Purpose/Calling
The first step to creating your soul-aligned business is to get clear on what exactly you feel called to do. I don’t mean, what is everyone else doing that you may be able to turn into a business. I’m talking about, what do you find yourself dreaming of doing for a living time and time again? That is what I refer to as your calling.
A few questions you can ask yourself to gain some additional clarity include:
1. What passion do I have that can use to help someone else?
Are you’re trained in certain techniques or have a unique take/solution on challenges people face? Maybe you’re passionate about health, if you’re skilled in healthy eating you could easily turn this into a business by teaching struggling foodies about nutrition.This is just an example of course, but digging into what your passions are and what you’d be great at teaching someone else is great start!
2. What do you feel drawn to do time & time again?
Obviously just having a skill without passion backing it up won’t work, so dig deep to find what you actually feel pulled to do. If it seems impractical don’t worry, with a little forethought and preparation you can most likely turn it into a business – and there’s nothing better than having a soul-aligned business, it means you get to do what you love and serve others! Start with what you feel really pulled to do and then write down what it would take to present it to the world!
Before asking yourself, these questions do a brief meditation to allow yourself to release any tension and move into your subconscious mind. This is where your soul speaks from & will provide the answers that truly resonate with your inner being.
Once you have taken time to gain clarity around what it is that you wish to start it’s time to move to the next step.
Step 2: Release the Shadows
The next step in creating your soul-aligned business is to address the shadows that are holding you back from starting or moving forward with parts of your business. Your shadows refer your fears, doubts, or feelings of unworthiness.
This is a very important step, because when we don’t address the fears, doubts, or feelings of unworthiness that we experience, we often allow them to hold us back.
We will always have and experience shadows, aka limiting beliefs, but true power comes from acknowledging them & releasing them. By bringing awareness to the issues holding us back they no longer determine what steps we do or don’t take.
I’ll give you an example from my own personal experience. As a very introverted person I have always struggled with visibility whether from class presentations in school to doing Facebook live videos for my business. When I acknowledged that I had this fear, I was determined to do whatever I needed to do to create my business anyway. Meaning, I was not going to allow myself to be held back from something that would normally stop me dead in my tracks. It took me almost an entire year before I felt confident in doing a Facebook live. AN ENTIRE YEAR! That’s how determined I was and am.
That’s the level you need to bring yourself to, to be able to create the business you envision.
Step 3: Allow Your Intuition to Guide You
Oooowweee, intuition is one of my all-time favorite topics (besides stepping into your calling and the mysteries of the world). This may not seem like an important step, but it very much goes hand in hand with actually doing what calls to your soul (step 1).
When you learn to follow your intuition, you don’t spend time second guessing what the right option for you is, because you already know! While it can take a little time to tune in (a few weeks to a few months), just know that allowing yourself to be guided by what feels right IS the right move.
There may be situations that come up that make you think, “Damn, that felt like the right move, but things still aren’t quite right.” That’s because you are being ‘tested’ to be sure that this is what you want or because you needed to learn a few things first.
Trust me when I say that as long as you are doing what calls to you you are always moving in the right direction. Have faith in the process, surrender your control, and learn to co-create with the Universe.
Check out Is that Your Intuition or Fear to gain a better understanding on this topic.
Step 4: Create a Business Plan
You can’t start a business without some structure. Creating a business plan by setting up your ideal business goals is a must.
Here’s a little break down on how to get started with your business plan:
1.Determine how you want to run your business (automated, passively, online, brick & mortar) & what services or products your would like to offer.
2.Start with the big idea/goal-Is this a 1 year, 5 year, or 10-year goal?
3.Break this goal down-Take your goal & break it into smaller more manageable pieces. Break it down into a 1-year plan, then what you need to do monthly, and finally what you will need to do weekly. You’ll decide what tasks to complete on a daily basis that will be most beneficial in getting you towards your goals.
4.Set up your social media accounts-It doesn’t matter what kind of business you have social media is REQUIRED. This will be one of the most effective tools for your business.
5.Learn the ins & outs of your particular business-Take time to study what others in your industry are doing to see what you may need to learn.
6.Determine your unique style- Explore your own internal ideas, because these are what will make you stand out in the long run.
Four main steps, that’s what it takes to get started in creating your soul-aligned business. With a mixture of practical steps and spiritual/inner work you will create a business that not only comes from your soul, but actually is more likely to succeed. You are more likely to put in the work for the things in life that bring you purpose and fulfillment versus just making an income.
You are meant for more. You are meant to create a business that will catalyze you and those you help.
If you are feeling the call to create your own business and would like to learn more on how to uncover your purpose Join the Society of Soul-led Purpose Seekers. By becoming a Soul-led Purpose Seeker you will receive a 3-day email course to guide you on how to move into your calling so you can create a soul-aligned business. Each day has a video to review to help you move through the stages of uncovering who you are. You will also receive a PDF summary for added clarity. In addition to receiving this course you will receive one weekly inspiration style email for continued guidance in your journey.