As a business consultant and strategiest for entrepreneurs and business professionals, I meet people who are holding onto ideas, strategies,and models that no longer work. A favorite story demonstrates this perfectly.
A Buddhist scholar and a Zen Master had an extensive background in Buddhist Studies and was an expert on the Nirvana Sutra. He came to study with the master and after making the customary bows, asked her to teach him Zen. Then, he began to talk about his extensive doctrinal background and rambled on and on about the many sutras he had studied.
The master listened patiently and then began to make tea. When it was ready, she poured the tea into the scholar's cup until it began to overflow and run all over the floor. The scholar saw what was happening and shouted, "Stop, stop! The cup is full; you can't get any more in."
The master stopped pouring and said: "You are like this cup; you are full of ideas about Buddha's Way. You come and ask for teaching, but your cup is full; I can't put anything in. Before I can teach you, you'll have to empty your cup."
This story is an old one, but it continues to be played out in our lives each and every day. We are enamored with our own ideas and opinions and so trapped by our conditioning that we fill ourselves up to the brim and nothing can get in. It's common to model our behavior on the activities of others without knowing whether or not their methods are working.
This is especially true for business professionals who haven't figured out how to convert their expertise into online courses and home study programs. Their income is controlled by how much time they have to personally work with clients, customers, and/or patients. In other words, your cup is already full and nothing more will fit into it!
If this last paragraph speaks to you, maybe I can help. You see, I work with people who are on that crazy "time" hamster wheel. I help them develop online courses filled with great content that give them the ability to help more people with less hands-on time. Imagine creating courses and programs that generate the income you dream of... and freedom of time to enjoy it!
If you're ready to open your mind to new ideas and let go of some that are no longer working for you, let's chat. I offer a free 30-minute consult that will generate 2-4 really good tips you can use in your business immediately. No pressure. No obligation. No guilt. Email me at sue@suehenrytalks today and let's get our call scheduled.