I keep hearing the term “Conscious Business Owner” lately and it's been confusing me. While at about 6:30 am before my coffee, I don't feel very conscious.. the rest of the day I'm awake! 😉 So, I must be a Conscious Business Owner, right?
Well, I did some research and learned that the term states what my business motto has been since 2004 “Making the Web and the World a Better Place”. I just didn't know what was called “Conscious”.
My friend, Kathleen Gage, is in the middle of a book launch for a book called “Align Expand and Succeed” and it's all about success for entrepreneurs and what that really means.
One of her contributing authors offered to share this article with us. Below it, I've included an excerpt from the book. I hope you enjoy both!
Are You a Conscious Business Owner? A Nine-Point Checklist
What does it mean to be a “conscious business owner”?
There’s been an evolution in the online conversation lately, I noticed, toward dwelling on the personal experience of being “conscious:” being in touch with one’s sense of purpose, feeling good about what you’re doing, making heartfelt decisions, being grateful and fair, being healthy and promoting health, being spiritual and soulful…things like that.
While all those things are true and wonderful, there are also cultural criteria the larger business community and society as a whole use to measure “conscious business,” or, lately, “conscious capitalism.”
So if you’re wondering if you’re a conscious business owner, here’s a nine-point checklist you might try out on yourself for starters:
* Do you strive to be ETHICAL in your dealings with employees, customers, and others?
* Are you SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE in terms of the people you serve, the communities in which you operate, things like energy and the environment?
* Are you AWARE of how your products and services impact the greater good?
* Do you think you’re aligned with your HIGHEST AND BEST purpose?
* Do you feel the CONNECTION your business has to the needs of the Universe?
* Do you COMPLEMENT the businesses of others, rather than competing with them?
* Are you FAIR in your pricing, policies, and other business dealings?
* Do you BALANCE value with profits well?
* Do you CONTRIBUTE to the betterment of your community?
If you checked off most of these, you’re a “conscious business owner” by anyone’s standards. If you didn’t, you now have a new awareness of things you might want to strive toward!
Carol Liege is a contributing author to Align, Expand and Succeed; Shifting the Paradigm of Entrepreneurial Success. This “just released” book is based on the premise that the world is changing at a very rapid pace. We are starting to see that cooperation brings better results than old style competition. It’s a new era and we need to work together to create success for everyone, not just for a few.
This book features dozens of conscious entrepreneurs who share their wisdom, expertise, stories, lessons and insights about the new and exciting shifts that are happening for entrepreneurs worldwide.
This book is designed to raise the vibration of the planet like never before. Get your copy of Align, Expand and Succeed and enjoy an abundance of gifts with your purchase.
Here's an excerpt from the book that spoke to me. I hope you enjoy it.
Be True to You… No Matter What
It was mid-2009 when I woke up from a dream. In the dream, I appeared to be at the height of my career. I was a successful author, coach and publisher, a well-known expert in my field, making great money, and having a positive impact on thousands of entrepreneurs around the world. I worked hard to do everything everyone suggested in my business. I attended all the right workshops, learned all the new strategies, and implemented them one by one in my business. I was well-respected and had a fantastic network of friends, colleagues and partners. People knew my name.
Sounds like a great dream, doesn’t it? Perhaps it’s a dream that you aspire to achieve in your journey of conscious entrepreneurship.
There was only one problem… what appeared to be a dream felt like a nightmare inside. Yes, I was really living everything stated in my dream above. On the outside it all looked “perfect.” But inside of me, things didn’t feel the same.
You may be asking how that could be so? After all, I am a pioneer in the field of conscious entrepreneurship. In fact, many people credit me with the popularity of this term itself. But how could I be living that externally fantastic, conscious, aligned life and also be feeling constantly stressed, overwhelmed, frustrated, and under so much self-inflicted pressure?
It’s easy to see how in hindsight. I was only 90% conscious in my business. It was the 10% of unconsciousness that caused the inner turmoil.
Read the full story and many more ~ Get your copy of Align, Expand and Succeed and enjoy an abundance of gifts with your purchase.