If You’re A Healer You Don’t Have To Go Hungry!

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If you are in the business of practicing alternative healing, you may find yourself struggling with a common problem. You feel guilty about charging high fees, you constantly undercut your prices then feel you have undersold yourself, and you feel compelled to offer free services but then find yourself being used and drained by toxic people and chronic takers. 

Why Healers Find It Hard To Value Themselves

Money is an exchange of energy. In the past, a healer would be compensated through bartering. This means that whatever the individual has is potential compensation for your services. If they are a baker, they may offer you bread. If they raise chickens, they may give you eggs. But whatever it is, they will provide an exchange of their time and efforts for your time and efforts.

In our modern world, money has replaced that system. For better or worse, we now exchange our time and energy for money and then exchange our money for another person’s time and energy. This simple concept has seen some corruption where people start to blame money itself as being “the root of all evil.”

This is a powerful psychological factor for many people that prevents them from asking for more money and makes them feel guilty if they have too much. But at its core, money is an exchange of energy. Asking for money is equivalent to saying your time and energy are valuable to others.

Asking For Fair Payment Is A Form Of Self-Respect

If you have decided to become a healer, it is probably because you have realized you can change people lives for the better with your gifts. This is a service that is very valuable. If you are struggling and feel under valued, you may be undercutting your prices or frequently offering them for free. That is sending the message that you do not think they are worth that much.

When you have care taking and nurturing personality type, you may feel compelled to help others who need it. This can be a noble pursuit and is the foundation of charity work but tends to be under valued in the business world. But you need to ask yourself if you want your work to be a charity or a business. Depending on the answer, you need to take a very different direction.

Small Business Owners Struggles

Small business owners have no shortage of struggles. If your healing business is your source of income and livelihood, then you need to make sure you have the appropriate funds to keep sustaining yourself and your time is not under valued. If you decide to work with people who know how much your services are worth, then you are going to be choosing a path that helps you thrive as a human being and as a healer.

Many small business owners who are in the healing business may struggle with embracing the technical side of their business. Your own marketing plan and sales process may be under valued. This can be a difficult transition and may feel counter intuitive to your usual perspectives as a healer or energy worker. But if you can learn to embrace the requirements of owning a business and re-frame your perspectives on competitiveness, payment, and marketing, then you can create a business that is in harmony with your practice.

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Competitiveness

Competition is a powerful want to improve yourself. Looking at your successful competitors can help generate inspiration and show you what you can do to improve your business. Often in the business world, harsh and abrasive language is used. Things like “crushing the competition” create the idea that competing has to be negative and warlike. This can easily turn off most healers to the idea of embracing competitiveness.

A better way for struggling small business owners to view competition is as the runner beside you who makes you go faster. Look at how much effort they are putting in, the skills they’ve developed, and use that to improve yourself. This can be powerful to keep you moving forward with your business.

You can also make yourself stand out from the competition by consistently increasing and expanding your skill set. You can use the revenue to reinvest in your business and in your self. This can pay off by setting you apart and helping you to create your own unique approaches. Use your time to refine your mission and continue to increase your ability to express that statement.

Consistently Promote Yourself

Small business owners must promote themselves if they want to find success through their business. If you are struggling financially, you will find yourself struggling to be fully present in your business. This may translate to feeling under valued, having more unhappy moods, worrying excessively, and having higher levels of stress.

There are many easy ways to promote yourself that are under valued. The main aspect of marketing and advertising is so that you can build an audience who can benefit from your services. One awesome way is through sending out emails that provide valuable information or offering a “freebie” digital product in exchange for joining your mailing list. This means people who need your help are beginning to get the help that they need while increasing your number of potential clients.

The Take-Away

Never use work that is helping others as an excuse to neglect your own need for financial compensation. The path of running a charity is worlds away from the necessary steps small business owners must take if they are struggling. If you feel under valued, treating yourself fairly is an important part of self-care for struggling small business owners. 

Instead, find ways to provide helpful resources for free that can also serve the purpose of marketing. Then reserve your most time-consuming work that you pour your heart into for customers who know how valuable you are. You will find yourself being happier, more satisfied with your work, and less burnt out.

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Mentor Madness:Why you need one!

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In most professional fields of business, having mentors is a plus. Finding one is another story. In this article we look at everything you need to know about getting your mentoring relationship off to a great start. 

Characteristics of a great mentor

There are certain important qualities that great mentors will have. He or she should have expertise, knowledge, and a willingness to share such success and skills. The person must be willing to teach what he or she has learned in the business and to accept you for where you are in your profession. A key to this kind of person is someone who remembers what it was like to be just getting started in the business. 

Remember that good mentors showcase the traits for success. They are willing to demonstrate the qualities of productivity, including actions and behaviours necessary to achieve success in their specific field. Good mentors will never take such a responsibility lightly. They personally invest in the mentee’s success.

Such a person needs to be either a good trainer or teacher. This person also needs top notch skills at communicating. These mentors are dedicated to assisting their mentees to obtain success in their specialty or profession. They empower the mentees to improve their beliefs, strengths, and personal abilities.

Why you need one for success

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First you need to understand why it is so important to have a good mentoring relationship. These professionals demonstrate enthusiasm for their field. This is contagious, helping a newer employee to feel the meaning and possibilities in their new position. These mentors place a high value on growth and continuing education in the field or business, which can only help you the mentee. Such professionals will show you how the field is changing and expanding so that you realise there are always more things to learn.

Seeing your mentor’s success will help you to understand that the energy and time you invest in learning the profession will be rewarding and will include satisfaction in the role. These mentors will demonstrate the value of continuous experimentation and learning new things in the field or business. Their excitement to share the knowledge with those new to the field and to show how seriously they take teaching this knowledge is contagious and exciting. They will encourage you to go to professional conferences and workshops in professional associations to expand and grow in the profession.

Good mentors offer helpful feedback and useful guidance as well. This is the best opportunity for growth in learning their present weaknesses and strengths and how to improve on them to become successful in the role. They do this through fantastic communication skills that enable them to challenge you to push the limits of your professional abilities and development so that you attain a sense of accomplishment in the field. 

How to approach prospective mentors

It is critical to approach your choice of mentors in the right manner. You should never simply walk up to the person and ask them to be your mentor straight away. That is too much for the initial approach. Instead, you should ask for a first meeting in an informal setting, like getting a coffee. It should not take up more than an hour. 

At this meeting, you should be prepared to ask questions of the mentor but allow the conversation to go back and forth as in a relationship. When you have doubts about asking for the mentor relationship, you should just go ahead, especially if the meeting has gone well. 

There is time to evaluate your initial meeting and decide if spending more time with the individual will aid in your professional development. Ask yourself if he or she made suggestions or gave encouragement for what you should do next. Did the person ask any questions in return, or answer the ones you asked? If you left this meeting feeling more confident in yourself and a connection happened naturally, then you should pursue asking them take on the mentoring relationship. 

Following up on the initial meeting is critical, and doing it immediately is key. You can frame this in a thank you for their time, via passive communication, like email or a text message. In the end, you can state that you would like to get together again. If the person reciprocates these wishes, then schedule something that works mutually proactively.

How to get the most out of your mentor

Mentor and Mentee

By realising that mentoring is organic, you will be prepared to allow it to naturally progress and grow as with other types of relationships. This means that it requires time to develop and is based on a mutually shared trust and respect. In your enthusiasm, you should be careful not to force the mentoring relationship. It can kill it quickly. Allow it time to grow.

This brings up another crucial point— you should not give up just because it becomes challenging. Good mentors will challenge their mentees at some point. This is almost a given. You will reach a relational point where he or she is confident enough to call you out on something. This is the point where you do not run. You signed up for tough love and growth. This is the stage when the truly useful exchange occurs.

How to show your mentor you mean business

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It is incredibly important to show your choice of mentors that you are serious about this commitment and relationship. You do not have to always wait for him or her to initiate things either. Cordially ask your mentor for the help you are seeking. There is a difference between being persistent and a pest though. It is an honor to your mentor that you ask for more of his or her help nicely and respectfully. It proves your sincerity and commitment. Strengthening this relationship proves you mean business. 

You should also have the courage to request feedback from your mentoring partner. This can be difficult to accept, but it proves that you are interested in this best way to grow. A good mentoring partner will approach such moments with sensitivity and careful thoughtfulness. 

Committing to the process is the most important way you demonstrate your sincerity. It takes longer than a summer internship period to be effectively mentored. It requires serious work and a true time investment. You must commit to the relationship for it to be true mentorship. Then you will start to learn what it means to be a disciple or budding protege.