There has been much discussion lately about the mind-body-spirit connection and how it has become further backed by science. It was a theory initially considered more hippie-dippie, but it's increasingly accepted as essential to our future.
My sister, who is a practicing Intuitive Spiritual Coach/Mind-Body Medicine Practitioner, has always understood the mind-body-spirit power that we are all born with. She recently posted a topic via her Facebook feed that reminded me of my own journey, beginning in the late ’80s. It prompted me to think of how synchronicity and the mind-body connection applies to both your business and personal lives and how trusting in that power helped me through my biggest professional setback.
When I was young and ready to take over the world, my early influences started with the works of Deepak Chopra and Tony Robbins. As I dove in to their works, I remember the spark of what I now call an intuitive understanding to this very day. I related to the concepts and ideas presented on a soul level and felt connected to them immediately.
The first book I read was Deepak Chopra's The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success and shortly after, I started Tony Robbins Unlimited Power and then Awaken the Giant Within. I was truly interested in learning more on the mind-body-spirit connection and how they all linked directly as energy. Eventually, this led me to learning and studying Reiki, a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient's body and restore physical and emotional well-being.
In 1981, after eight years of working in the dawn of the first PC launched by IBM and Microsoft using DOS, I was thriving in my young career. I was working for a computer company in upstate New York while still in school, first as a technician and then managing and creating a customer service department. I was also continuing with my reading and new age meta-physical learning and understanding more on how we are all connected.
Soon I had an opportunity to buy a company that provided modeling services as well as a self-improvement program. I felt ready to own my own business so I jumped at it.
After the first year, I decided to expand the self-improvement courses we taught to new students. At that time Tony Robbins began licensing his programs, of which I had participated several times. These were highly successful and popular, and I was already on board with his motivational teachings, so taking advantage of these newly available teachings felt like a no-brainer.
I was on my way.
Or so I thought.
Being young and naïve I wasn’t prepared for what came next in year two of my business. Long story short, I discovered that the individual I had purchased the business from still held a portion of the note financing the business. Unaware that he had not paid his payroll taxes for five years, my only option was to negotiate with the IRS or close. I could not afford to pay the significant back taxes so I was forced to close our doors.
I was angry. I was scared. I was sad.
It was a terribly harsh lesson to learn, but when I am asked about having regrets, the answer is still a solid NO.
This was the best educational experience I could have received. I took a chance on something that my gut told me to do. Even though it didn't work out the way I wanted, I still chose to trust in my journey. I worked through my emotions, reflected on the harsh lessons learned, and looked forward to my next adventure.
If I hadn't picked up those books by Deepak Chopra and Tony Robbins, I would have never attempted to risk everything I had on a business venture of my own at 26 years old. And I definitely would not have emerged from losing that business as positively as I did, nor considered it an essential step in my professional journey.
Today, I still continue to approach to all aspects of my personal and professional life with a mind-body-spirit and synchronicity focus. I also recently found another author, James Redfield, who I feel has best summarized my many thoughts and beliefs in his book, The Celestine Prophecy. The book is a first-person narrative of the narrator's spiritual awakening as he goes through a transitional period of his life. I use the "12 Insights" daily to align my passion, values, and goals personally and professionally.
If you've ever questioned or are currently questioning your business journey, I highly recommend it.
And if you ever feel like you're struggling to work through a seemingly insurmountable business problem, remember my story. Like me, you can and you will conquer! Trust in your journey. You got this.
Tony Giudici is a Director of Market Development for Excelerate America, the ultimate resource for modern entrepreneurs and small business owners. Do you have a story to share about getting through a business setback? Let Tony know by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.