Service business self-sabotage is sometimes caused by fairy tale ideas
Fairy Tales are, by definition, not real. Sure, they may hold a lesson taught through allegory or archetypes, but they are not ‘true’ in the sense of things like your bank account or your phone bill.
Like Cinderella, the 7 Dwarves or Prince Charming, if you are running a business based on a fairy tale, you might as well be living in a book.
Sadly, there’s been some profound confusion and outright lies about what it takes to be a “good person” in the world. Thanks to a long history of domination by the few over the many, misrepresentations of certain spiritual principles, and plain old co-opting of ideas, we’ve got an epidemic of broke and broken healers who are absolutely incapable of accomplishing the purpose they intended to fulfill: moving humanity into a new, more whole, healthy and conscious age.
Dispelling Fairy Tales that keep you broke & tired
Important Question: how can someone in our modern (and pretty expensive) western world really serve effectively if a large percentage of their energy is still locked in “survival mode”? Does this make any sense to you?
The below “Fairy Tale” is one of several I’ll be sharing in the weeks ahead. I’ve seen friends, colleagues and broke service providers use this utterly unsustainable model as a way to run their business. These are people with tremendous gifts to offer, yet absolutely no ability to make a difference because of the stress, struggle and lack of energy they cope with daily. It’s a loss to all of us.
Fairy Tale #1 – the ‘Love’ Offering Business Model
“I Run my Business on Love-Offerings”
Really? How’s that working out for you?
Let’s get one thing straight: there’s absolutely NO LOVE in material struggle. If you can’t make a clear statement of the value of the service you offer, then you are behaving from a mindset that is the antithesis of love.
You are not running a business, you are dabbling in a hobby.
Now please don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that love offerings, in-and-of-themselves, are a bad thing. But they are not a business model.
When you have a successful business and want to offer a workshop, introduce a new modality, have a customer appreciation day or other occasional event, love donations are a terrific idea! But when was the last time you went to a mechanic, a dentist or even a donut shop and paid a “love offering”?
If you can’t charge a price for your service that keeps a roof over your head and food in your belly, then the word ‘Love’ does not belong in your vocabulary.
Are “Love-Offerings” part of your business model? What’s your reason for this and how is it working for you? If you agree or disagree with what I’ve written, please share your thoughts in the comments below!