Over the summer, I have been working on numerous projects. One area I want to work more in is innovation and support for new entrepreneurs. I have designed this first freebie which is a journal prompt and from the program Fearless Flow which has three modules, to help a new entrepreneur or an entrepreneur get back into their flow. Here is the link on Teachable and is composed of three modules: Respectful You, Relevant You, & Relational You, https://besup.teachable.com/ Yes if you have worked with Indigenous Methodologies your seeing all your favourite words applied to business now. As someone who has worked in Indigenous Methodologies, this is a course that is much about self, community, and the entrepreneur journey.
This uniquely designed entrepreneur program has been designed using a design that brings out your personal best, in a way that shifts and supports success.
A huge motivator for me in developing this program was based on my vulnerabilities and moving past the barriers of underemployment.
Summertime is a special time that gets us out of our usual schedules and out and about. Vacations happen in the summer, usually. Or long stretches for mothers or care providers who are taking care of little ones.
If you want to witness a natural display of a sense of wonder, just observe a child. A child’s whole world is viewed through the eyes of wonder and excitement. A child has no judgements of why things are so, but rather a child is in awe of life and views life through innocence, purity and curiosity, writes, Mary Paleologos, Contributor & Transformational coach, clinical hypnotherapist, counselor for Huff Post.
Children remind us about the importance of wonder and even joy.
Joy as a lifestyle approach is an important and valuable way of viewing your world, and something more highly popularized with the Kon Mari Method, see founder Marie Kondo. Marie Konda speaks a lot about joy. A good way to begin your day, could be around making space for joy. This could occur with the music we chose to listen to, the books we chose to read, the places we go, and the spaces we create for ourselves.
Questions to begin your day?
What is it that makes you feel joy?
Is there one thing in the day, that you can do to ensure joy?
Where would this be?
Who could this be with?
These are ways to frame your day to ensure joy is a part of it.
A year ago I learned about developing my own prospective online course. I finally have developed this for new entrepreneurs.
Fearless Flow is an online course that is based on four methods of teaching and based on Indigenous teachings.
1. Experiential: This is about being guided by the course in addition, too, experimenting with your own inner compass and knowledge. This is about your right to own your inner way of knowing and knowledge. This is guided by your intuition, expertise, and vision.
2. Best Practices: This is about practices that are backed up with evidence, both by researchers who are aligned in the field of entrepreneurship, and that will best support your success.
3. Transformation: This is about you owning your knowledge, sales, and ways of best supporting your market.
4. Fearless & Courage: Working within a system that best serves you. That you have visioned, created, and that ultimately is guided by your inner way of knowing, and will benefit because it is your gift.
The other day my son needed a towel.
I had none on me but my curtain sized Ganesh, and offered it to him.
Ganesh is the Hindu god of beginnings, and a remover of obstacles. When I first purchased this curtain I’d felt the imagery was important for me and my family as we were going through some rough times. I turned to help to the good imagery and support there is. Ganesh was the image because it seemed happy and friendly.
The story about my trunk is that I accidently locked it about 12 days ago after our voyage back to Ontario. This stressed me out but I did not voice it but days of no trunk, not fun. In my trunk all my favourite belongings, and most personal. Because we had just moved I was keeping them there. Also in the trunk.. the spare tire. Imagine my anxiety realising what if I needed the spare tire. I carried a screen shot of the tow truck if we needed it. Help really being only 10 minutes away.. still.
As a mother, I find that my anxiety is a lot higher than usual now. I used to be super laid back without a worry in the world. With children, my need to settle myself, is different. There is always something to think about.
My faith in my little traditions, even if subconscious, like pulling out Ganesh who I feel, helped me to refocus my energy on what I needed to happen in my life, which was as simple as first starting my day on a walk with my kids, then sitting down, being quiet, re-reading my owner manual for my car, (when just a few days ago I sent my car off, to get the trunk examined by “experts” who never even took a moment to read the owner manual even though I gave it to them, and instead got “physical” on my car, and potentially could have damaged it with the physical pressure of three guys trying to get it open with force).
When all it really took was me, taking my time, reading the manual, getting in the mindset of what needed to be done. This said, the master key will open the trunk, turn right. First I tried with my key and not telling my husband because I wanted to “save the day”, but it did not work. Then the disappointment but hope that my husbands spare key may help. When I came I told him “I think we should have read the owner manual, I think I know how to open this trunk, there is a secret key spot”, him looking at me “Lets do it”. We head outside. He grabs something to kneel on, and looking for the secret key spot, turning the key, and boom…it opens.
Reflection: surround yourself with your go to obstacle removers, ask for help, believe you have what you need, time, quiet, faith, helpers… support. Sort of like a toolkit. Figure out how to be your own hero, sometimes.
There is so much to be said about getting grounded.
What does this mean for you?
What and how do you become grounded?
Groundedness is about connectedness.
Connectedness is about so many things.
Its about a recognizing the roles we play. The relationships we have. The work we do. The ones we love. The ones we care for. The relationships we have to water, to Land, to each other.
Groundedness is about that recognition of the important things in life that give us hope, and a desire to share ourselves with one another.
Groundedness is setting a foundation and a base.
Setting a basic routine for that self care that includes getting grounded can be a good beginning for your business.
Having a clear mindset can help us to prioritize our needs, and wants.
Once we get grounded, in our own ways, whether through prayer, and intention of taking care of our spiritual needs and those relationships.
Something I have been thinking about lately, and working into the course I am developing is Listed in Me.Inc. one of my summer reads, listed are the following necessities. While there are 7 according to the writer, focussing on one area would be a good way to begin. Groundedness can happen when we focus on one area, naturally this expands into the others.
- solid interpersonal relationships
- physical health
- spiritual fulfillment
- emotional wellbeing
- intellectual stimulation
- career achievement
- financial security
beSuperior will be hosting an Indigenous Knowledge Conference in the Fall in Thunder Bay with the Title “Mentoring a Generation of Leaders’
The focus of this Professional Development opportunity will be determined as time and effort to hear from prospective presenters. If you feel you’d like to present please submit your information to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are many themes to look upon which are the layers of support we need to do what we need to do well: Land based, resilience, family, self care, wellness, safety, cultural teachings, health, education, mentoring, & entrepreneurship.
I have a larger vision of building more supports for youth. Identifying what this means, and how this looks for the north shore of Lake Superior.
While the conference will have an approach of Indigenous Methodologies, the conference will focus on being as open to partnerships and in recognition of making helping to support better relationships and build support.
Parameters of presenters should fall under:
Respectful: what is it that I have to offer that relates to respect.
Relevance: what or how or why is what I have to share relevant.
Reciprocity: how does what I have to offer give back to the community, and even lending itself to sustainability? Or what or how is this sustainable?
At the moment, beSuperior will be seeking funders who can help to support this conference.