Clock time or process time? You decide. How realizing I had a choice made a huge difference in my business success.
Use scheduling software, they said. Streamline the process and get out of the way.
Charge for 60 minute or 30 minute sessions, they said. Keep to time.
But when it came to the "real world" stuff of offering sessions, I just felt blocked.
It wasn't until I got back in touch with my Quero Apache moon lodge recently (on Zoom, we are still in quarantine after all) that I remembered: I love ceremonial time. Yes, you gather on time but it's done when it's done. There are boundaries (it won't run all night!) but the end time is flexible; Creator takes the lead and the process is sacred.
The truth is, I have never bought in completely with linear time. Those of you who know me, know this. Ha! But when it came to doing business as a spiritual intuitive I thought I just had to suck it up and deal with it, scheduling things like clockwork. Not so. When I remembered that we live in a YES Universe and you can have it all I started to ask myself what I really wanted when it came to offering sessions and doing business. Once I got clear, everything improved: my business and my enjoyment of it.
Here is what I learned.
If you feel trapped by time, you can unleash intuitive freedom while still honoring the real world.
Differing things you offer may be a different type.
There are times when doing things completely by the clock is easy for me. When is it easy for you and when does it feel restricting?
Spiritual sessions and ceremony are not the same thing as teaching an improv class (which I also do). In an improv class I'm teaching a skill. I can certainly time it to a 3-hour class and end on time, feeling great about it as I do it. The same goes for teaching a class on intuition. It's a class. It has structure. But a spiritual session or a ceremony that delves into the personal growth aspect of a person. How do you time an epiphany? I have always struggled with this. My block was thinking there was something wrong with me. There is not. There was only limited thinking.
I can do both, just not at the same time.
Thinking I had to either make do with complete linear time (which to me felt like caving in to an artificial way of living and denied my intuition) or be doomed a flake was an all-or-nothing restriction I put on myself. I was tangled up in thinking I had to BE something instead of asking myself how do I want to DO something. Huge difference. You might relate. This is a common challenge when it comes to lighworkers.
The reality is, I can do some things on linear time (a class, for instance) and do other things on intuitive time (a spiritual session, for instance.) I get to decide with each thing I offer. There is no "rest of my life" core shift I have to make to fit in. And I don't have to sacrifice the integrity of my business–whichever one it is–by putting it in the wrong time structure.
Intuitive timing still has structure.
Even if you run things on intuitive time you still have structure; it's just a different structure than a completely clock-based paradigm. The structure is up to you.
For example, I don't say, "Hi intuitive session client, sometime in the future one of us will call the other at the perfect time and we will do a session for an undisclosed period of time. Talk to you then, whenever that it is. Bye." I could. But I like having a start time for a call on the calendar. But I also like the end time to be flexible and I likeoffering one session to choose from instead of different lengths of sessions to choose from. It relaxes me, and anything that relaxes me increases the flow for my work, my business, and my clients. But I also ask at the top of a session, "Do you have a hard stop time?" That way if a client needs to be done by a certain time, it will happen. Why? Because I like to end the session if the clients need to do something else.
Figure out what you like and do that. It will make your work so attractive the clients will appear.
If you communicate it in advance, you aren't doing anything wrong.
I used to feel like I was making a business error by letting sessions run over (even with approval from the client). Or by ending them early (even with approval from the client.) Basically, when I had a linear-time session offering I felt guilty if I didn't give almost exactly 60 minutes. Or 30 minutes. Or 45. I tried all the times–nothing fit until I decided to be honest with my struggle.
Once I admitted to myself–and then admitted in my marketing– that I do process-timed sessions that typically last between 45-75 minutes (based of decades of experience), I felt a huge weight lift off of me. I could get on a call/zoom with a client and we could go until it felt complete. Yes! We could also honor the clock as needed. Yes! We could do whatever felt right to do at the time. YES!
I love, love, love this.
Be honest in your marketing. If you have a family and sometimes you have to reschedule, put it in your marketing. If you like to do things by the clock or by process time, put it in your marketing. Anything that matters to you that the client knows, put it in your marketing. Now you are clear, they are clear, it's a clear attraction between you, and the work you do together will be clear.
There are people who will appreciate how you do things, and you communication of it.
When you love it, it works, so be honest about what you love.
Some people think how I do things makes no business sense. I could automate more, for example. But this past week when I could have had clients but I didn't schedule them for some unknown reason and something in my life brought up the need to go in, reflect, get re-centered, and come back out with a new understanding I was so grateful I listen to my intuition.
Maybe some day I will have scheduling software again. Or a staff. Maybe I will change how I do sessions or what I charge for them. Maybe I will? Of course I will! Evolution happens. But when I honor how I flow best with whatever I am offering whenever I offer it, including how it sits with time...I'm in the flow.
And so is my business.
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