Announcement: The Start Where You Are “Clean Sweep” 5 Day Challenge Starts on Monday 3/3

The Start Where You Are "Clean Sweep" 5 Day ChallengeIt’s time to Clean Sweep our homes and our hearts! To celebrate our upcoming FREE Clean Sweep tele-course on 3/9/14 we will be celebrating with a Start Where Your Are 5 Day “Clean Sweep” Challenge contest on Facebook.  The winner will receive a one hour professional organizing or Feng Shui session with holistic organizer Melody LeBaron, to help you turn your home or workspace into a goal-oriented streamlined, serene sanctuary.  The winner will also receive a gift bag that includes two of Melody’s favorite essential oil blends: Oola Grow (which increases focus in ways that help you reach your mental, emotional and spiritual potential) and Valor (which enhances balance, courage, strength, and self mastery). It all begins on 3/3/14 and together we’ll Start Where You Are.

Taking Your Business to the Next Level in 2012?

After celebrating how far you’ve come this year, your next step is deciding how you want to grow your business for the coming year:

  1. Do you want to increase the number of times you work with clients next year?
  2. Do you want to up-level the value of the work you do with your clients, and thus your income?
  3. Do you want to expand the circle of those you are marketing your work to?

If you are interested in growing in all or any of these ways, you need an improved “container” for the growth.  What do I mean by “container”? In order to grow your business, there are three containers that must be attended to and aligned with each other:

  1. your consciousness (your beliefs and feelings)
  2. your office, the physical space that contains your work
  3. your relationships with your current and prospective clients

Each of these 3 effects the other 2, but your physical office space is usually the easiest way to up-level the other 2. Your beliefs and feelings about your business are reflected in your space, and reinforced by it. And even if your clients never see your office, their relationship with you is affected by how your office is affecting you.

So, here’s how to spend your time and energy MOST EFFECTIVELY if you want to grow your Business in 2012

  • Prioritize Purging. Schedule the time to edit out EVERYTHING that no longer serves you. If a book, or file, or item reflects your past but can’t be used to move your work forward, it’s clutter and out it goes! (OK, keep a minimal number of items that celebrate the past, but the rest needs to go!)

Why is this important? If we want something new in our experience, we first have to create the SPACE for it! That feeling of spaciousness in your physical environment will help you release impeding beliefs, habits and emotions (and it can help you shed unwanted pounds!). Your office must be de-cluttered in order for you to move your work to your next level.

  • Organize for Success. After clearing clutter, look at your workspace with new eyes. Envision how you want to grow your business. What are the tasks you’ll need to do this year in order to create that growth?  Writing copy? Connecting by phone or online? Your desk is your Command Center. Decide how to organize your workspace in a way that prioritizes your priorities.

How? By giving your prime real estate (the space you can reach from your office chair) to the containers (file folders, notebooks, bins) that hold priority tasks.

  • Anchor your Intentions. Superimpose the Feng Shui bagua (here is my Business Bagua, as my gift to you!) over the room you work in; get to know which areas of your work space correspond to which areas of your business.  Your workspace wants to partner with you, so write down a list of intentions for your business for 2012, and a list of tasks to compete in the month of January, and place those in the Abundance corner.

When is the best time to do this? There is never a bad time to honor your space and request its help, but the best way is to clear the clutter first, then organize, and then do a ritual to partner with your space. Light a candle with gratitude, allow yourself to envision your intentions creating, and place your list (along with an image–a photo, or statue, or vision board) in the Abundance area. I do this, in my home and my office, on the New Moon each month.

Just like caring for our physical bodies is an on-going process, so is caring for the physical container of our business, our work space. It’s never going to be “done.” And it’s a process that we can either endure or enjoy.  So…

I recommend we enjoy the process!  If your workspace isn’t as you wish it was, know that’s a sign you’re growing–and release your judgment. If you don’t care for the colors and furnishings, but you don’t have the time or money to change that right now, include that on your list of intentions for 2012. Do all you can, when you can, knowing that even 15 minutes of de-cluttering and organizing twice a week will make a difference over a year’s time!

The most important part of this process is to realize that your work space is alive, intelligent, and wants to partner with you to make 2012 a year of growth and abundance for your business!

Invite $$ Opportunity by Upleveling Your Entry

Did you know that the front door (of both your home and your workplace)
represents how opportunity comes to you?   

Yes, that front entry is more than the place where you receive packages  from the UPS man. In Feng Shui, the entry is called “The Mouth of Chi”   because it is the place where life-force enters.

In order to welcome opportunity (in the form of income, friendships,
advancements), check your Entry to make sure:

1. IT IS EASY TO FIND

I’ve been to some homes and workplaces that have a confusing or hard-to-find entry. If a person who is looking for your home or business has difficulty finding it, so will the Chi energy that brings opportunity with it!

We can make our Entries easy for opportunity to find us by creating an easy walking path from the street to our door. Curving paths are considered better Feng Shui than straight ones, as there are no straight lines in nature. If your sidewalk is straight, you can create the sense of curving, flowing movement with landscaping that has a curved border or a few round pots with plants near the walk.  We can also make our Entry easy to find by painting the door a contrasting color.  

2. IT HAS A SPACIOUS PLACE IN FRONT OF THE DOOR FOR CHI TO GATHER

It’s best to have an area right in front of the entry for the Chi to gather, like a porch or grassy area. Like people who are all arriving at the same time to a party, the Chi needs a place to gather before it enters your space. This entry provides an easy-to-find entrance with a space for gathering right outside the door, and steps and rails that provide guidance on how to enter. If you have trees or shrubs right outside your door, blocking your view as you look out and that gathering space as you face the door, please trim them back!  

3. IT REVEALS THE TRANSITION FROM PUBLIC SPACE TO PRIVATE SPACE

People have a lot on their minds, and so as they walk toward your entrance, you want them to experience subliminal cues that they are leaving public space and about to enter private space. Steps leading up to a porch will do that, as will columns or rails. Potted plants, outdoor furniture, and a front door mat (it needs to be as wide as the door!) are also effective clues.

4. IT HAS A CLEARLY DEFINED WAY TO ALERT YOU OF OPPORTUNITY KNOCKING

Make sure your door is fitted with an attractive and functional knocker or doorbell that you can hear anywhere inside the space. It’s frustrating for a friend or client to be standing outside waiting because you didn’t hear them at the door. 

5. IT ATTRACTIVELY ANCHORS YOUR CONNECTION TO NATURE AND THE SEASON

When someone is briefly waiting at your door, you have the perfect opportunity to share your connection to nature and to the season. There is no need to spend money on lavish displays. (Remember, anything hand-made has a more delightful life-force than anything mass produced!) A few well-loved and well-placed items are all that is necessary to anchor what you love about Mother Earth and the seasons.