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027: Are you hedging your bets?

Phil Powis
Phil Powis
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027: Are you hedging your bets?

One of the most interesting patterns I've observed among entrepreneurs is how we tend to limit our own potential by hedging our bets.

If we really dig deep inside during a moment of stillness, chances are you’ll find one thing that truly expands your heart when you think about the possibility of creating it. Something that you would love to dedicate all your time and energy to, that would feel incredible to say yes to while also being a beautiful gift to the world.

If you are anything like me, you’ve probably connected to this feeling before.

But what do we do instead?

We spread ourselves too thin by trying to pursue multiple paths at once, rather than fully committing to a single direction.

We dabble in many areas but never fully commit to any of them.

I once met an entrepreneur who self-proclaimed that he had 50 projects he was tending to in various phases of infancy, 50 seeds planted so that maybe “one day, something will take hold and grow”.

And as he cultivated this garden of possibility in his mind, he remained trapped in his day job trading his soul and precious time on this earth for dollars that were mostly unaligned with the calling of his true heart’s desire.

From the outside, it's not hard to see how this approach is flawed, and can only leave one feeling stretched too thin when they fail to powerfully commit to a single direction. This lack of focus leads to a lack of progress, and an ever-present feeling of being stuck or stagnant. When you put half the energy in, you get at best, half the energy out.

For entrepreneurs, hedging bets might look like constantly pivoting in the business, chasing the latest trends, or trying to offer too many products or services at once before having any real traction or a solid foundation to build upon.

Why do we do this to ourselves?

In my experience, it often boils down to fear.

Fear of failure, fear of missing out, fear of putting all our eggs in one basket and it not working out. We hold ourselves back from fully committing to our true passion, and instead scatter our energy across a wide array of projects in the hope that one will stick. This fear-driven approach not only dilutes our efforts, but also keeps us from experiencing the joy and fulfillment that comes from fully immersing ourselves in the work we love. It prevents us from reaching our full potential and creating the impact we desire.

In essence, hedging our bets is a safety mechanism, a way to protect ourselves from the potential pain of failure. But in doing so, we also shield ourselves from the potential joy of success. It's a self-fulfilling prophecy - by not fully committing to a single path, we set ourselves up for the very failure we fear.

It can also manifest as lack of confidence, and procrastination, born of a severe lack of trust in ourselves, and faith in something bigger than ourselves.

Allowing your energy to be scattered in this way can only lead to average results at best. It will not lead to the creation of something extraordinary.

The first step to overcoming this pattern is to recognize it for what it is - a fear-based response.

Once we acknowledge this, we can begin to challenge and reframe these fears, and make the conscious choice to commit fully to the path that truly lights us up.

You have so much to offer!

So the invitation here is to look inside of yourself with radical honesty. And ask yourself where you are feeling fear, and ask yourself are you truly confident and committed to what you are creating, or are you simply hedging your bets, and hoping something takes root in spite of your lack of focus?

Ask yourself what is your one thing that deeply expands your heart, and could you commit to building up your energy in such a way that you could say no to everything that is not that?

What possibilities would this create for you in your life, moving beyond fear?


Be the Flow Coaching has one remaining spot for a March start!

We are looking for entrepreneurs who are ready to take the Love-Led Leap to build their business by getting out of their heads and into their hearts.

Whether you have reached a plateau in your business, or are looking to create something new, you are looking to grow!

Do you feel like you know what you SHOULD be doing, but you just can’t seem to take the next logical step? Maybe you’ve read all the books, taken the courses, but you still find yourself plateaued in your business, or getting stuck, not knowing what actions are going to create the next level of success you desire?

You don’t have to sacrifice success in the name of creating from a place of true authenticity and inspiration.

While giving your business all the attention it requires, you’ll also be invited to take a higher perspective where we’ll help shine a light on how the most divinely inspired version of YOU will experience massive personal expansion.

When that most powerful version of you shows up authentically, creatively and powerfully in alignment to a plan for action, this is when real magic begins to happen.

You’ll be supported in creating a new relationship with your business, so that you can experience a true abundance of time, money, and freedom. We’ll take a deep dive into your Business Harmony Map™, and create a structured plan for working with the fundamental frequencies that are most seeking balance. We’ll also leverage the strengths of the frequencies most in harmony to help create fast traction.

Anchored on a foundation of clarity that feels really good, we’ll help you create a winning business strategy guaranteed to get you unstuck and will hold you accountable to creating real momentum forward.

As you work your personalized plan, we will also provide you with physical and emotional support so you can learn how to manage your own energy and see the power of a structured plan when combined with well-balanced energy.

So often we underestimate the power of emotions and find ourselves taking action out of frustration. While it may feel like there is a sense of progress in the short-term, there is a big difference between action for action’s sake and truly inspired action.

You’ll learn to recognize and honor all emotions, tap into a limitless source of energy, and fine-tune your internal guidance system for powerful decision making.

Carolina and I have space for one more client to start in March for this 6-month journey with us!

Join us for a Harmony Map Discovery Call

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Who We Are Celebrating This Week: Luana Fara

Luana is the founder of the Sacred Self Yoga School.

I met Luana here in Costa Rica when she was recommended as a deep spiritual yoga teacher to come teach at one of my Hearing Experts retreats a few years back.

Since then, Luana has supported me in my work with Zen Habits by bringing really special ceremonies to our retreats, like the 5 Alchemies.

I so appreciate the depth of wisdom that she brings to each experience that she creates, and most recently Carolina and I have had the honor of helping to support her with Be The Flow to bring the next level of her Advanced Teacher Training (Amrita) to life.

I'm grateful to count Luana as a friend, and excited to see what is coming, as she is stepping into the next level of bringing her work and light into the world this year.

Luana Fara, Founder of Sacred Self Yoga School

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Memorable Quote:

“Learn how to see. Learn that everything connects to everything else"
Leonardo da Vinci

Phil Powis

Co-Founder & Chief Strategist, Sacred Business Flow

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