Here is a question I hear time and again in my work with women, and it’s one that I myself have had to wrestle with:
Q: Lindsay, I’m a conscious, value driven entrepreneur. I believe that the work I do truly helps people, is of service, and is important. But I’m not making the kind of money that will give me the freedom to grow my work, to take it to an even more powerful, effective level that provides even more benefit to the world. What does this mean?
I’ve been exploring this topic closely over the last year, looking at the ways in which my own businesses make money (and the ways they don’t!) and posing the question to the women in my mastermind groups and beyond.
Because our work is not just about MAKING money, or being of service, or fulfilling an important need…
- It’s also about FEELING good while you make money
- It’s about having FUN while you make money
- It’s about knowing it can be EASY to make money
The problem is that we have a bit of a chicken and egg conundrum: if you aren’t feeling good about what you do (or how you do it), if you aren’t having fun (in full heart alignment with your life’s passion and purpose), if you think it’s fundamentally hard to make money (because past performance has proven that’s the case), then you aren’t making the money you’d like or the money you are making isn’t resulting in your feeling successful or fulfilled. Likewise, if you aren’t feeling successful or fulfilled, then you aren’t having fun or feeling good about what you do.
The gift here is that trouble MAKING money is often a sign of some misalignment with your purpose. It means that with diligence, with deep honesty, with hard work, and yes with some tears and discomfort, you have a transformative opportunity still in front of you to truly bring your gifts to the world. It means that if you can do the work, then you have so much to look forward to.