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Introducing Cheryl Rickman’s Book…and finding some deeper-lying spiritual principles

October 28, 2010 By: fiona Category: Inspirations

I think I mentioned earlier that I decided to work through ‘The Small Business Start-Up Book’ by Cheryl Rickman so that I can put together a whole business plan for my dream centre.

Cheryl’s book has been endorsed by Dame Annita Roddick and she has worked with many big names including Peter Jones of ‘The Dragon’s Den’.

I had actually bought a copy a few years back when I attended a course in Dublin but was unable to put my hand on it recently. It probably needed to go off and visit someone else. :-) Anyway I decided to just go ahead and get another one.

The thing I like about her book is that it is written by a woman. I know that’s a bit obvious but it just has a different feel to it from many of those other books written by her male counterparts. She takes quite a bit of time at the beginning to guide you through the process of finding big ideas and seeing where you get your inspiration. So there’s quite a lot of list-writing, just brain-storming, spontaneously writing down lots of ideas of where you would like to be going and what your concept of success looks like.

But then she asked this question: what’s motivating you to start up in the first place?

I began to write down all sorts of things that just came bursting out of me. And it became very obvious that I was being guided by my spiritual needs in all of this. I wrote that I wanted to connect on heart level with real people. I also wrote that I wanted to create a loving space, a home from home for people who feel spiritually lost and isolated.

I wrote down so many things, too many to mention here. But the one that really jumped out at me on reading it all again was this: I  want to feel alive and inspired every day.

It is true that if we want something, the easiest way to achieve this is to give it to someone else. It may sound paradoxical, yet when we stop to think about it, we can only give to others what we already have. And so in order for me to feel truly inspired every day, all I need to do is commit to inspiring others. And in order to inspire others, all I need to do is simply be me. Be all that I can be. Be all that I already am.

Which means that there is nothing to aspire to. Just breathing in and breathing out in equal measure. And this is certainly key in my feeling alive.

So strangely, what I want, I already have. And so it’s up to me to keep bringing my awareness back to this, to remind myself.

There’s a wonderful suggestion in Cheryl’s book for keeping you in a space of motivation. She calls it an ‘inspiration book’. You can fill it with pictures, quotes and visions which you can continue to look at and help you get back on track when you are having a difficult time. Put your milestones in it and keep reminding yourself of what your original inspiration was.

Well, I’ve started up my inspiration book and am looking forward to filling it with uplifting things which will be a joy and inspiration for me to refer to on my journey, which by the way I’m really enjoying.