My entrepreneurial nervous system has been going through a radical rewiring over the past 18 months.  It kind of gets your attention when your own patterns of thinking and feeling start doing things they didn’t used to do.  🙂

Since many people come to me to uplevel their spiritual businesses, I thought it was about time for me to get real about the process of change I’ve gone through in my own.  And the truth isn’t all giggles and butterflies …

Paul as Solo Spiritual Entrepreneur

In the second half of 2012, I hit a sweet plateau in my business.  While I wasn’t a rockstar, I had a nice flow of individual clients at $200 per session.  My mastermind groups were running between 75-100% full which brought another $1500 – $2000 per month of income.  I was working less than many of my peers and making decent money.  I even started having a waiting list for individual clients.

I was working from home, getting paid well, doing DEEP explorations with motivated people.  That’s the dream right?

I probably could have continued living this way for the rest of my life.  Except that  …

What AM I Here For?

18 months ago, turbulence entered this idyllic picture.  Over the next 6 months, I noticed:

  • A grinding of the gears with folks who used to be my ideal client.
  • Conflict started showing up in my relationship with my mastermind buddy.
  • One of my groups ended when several clients left at once.

I’ve come to understand that signs like these are the natural indicators of an entrepreneurial upleveling that’s trying to emerge.  In private, many spiritual entrepreneurs tell me they go through this.   Yet, it’s not something most people share in public.  Of course, I had to write a blog post about it.  🙂

On the inside, something in me knew there was a new incarnation of my work emerging – but it wasn’t formed yet.  On the outside, as early 2013 rolled around, I was headed into the biggest event of my career.   I was the Director of Social Media for Wisdom 2.0 and 1800 people attended in early February.

Paul as Transformational Leader

In the months following Wisdom 2.0 2013, there was a significant change in who I was relating with.   I had met fantastic spiritual entrepreneurs like Alison Raby, Nancy Larocca Hedley, Melissa Green and Ben Saltman.  People who also had decades of spiritual practice but with much more developed entrepreneurial skills and networks.

I want to pause to notice that the changes started happening inside me first.

Anyway, I couldn’t find integrity in staying who I was.   So my business changed.  And there were some hard moments in this transition …

Today I’m more on FIRE about my work than at any other point in my life!

I’ve started working with a new level of spiritual entrepreneur.  For instance, Catherine Bell, the founder of a conscious executive search and coaching company called Bluera.  They currently have 17 employees and are looking to hire several more.

Catherine and I have been working on messaging and marketing strategies for two exciting projects.  The first is for her forthcoming book The Awakened Company – a book that shares how she teaches awareness and Emotional Intelligence to business executives.  We’ve also been working on Living From The Inside Out, which teaches MBA students the importance of present moment awareness and self-realization.

I’ve also said “YES!” to being the co-founder of a new venture called Wisdompreneurs.  We are attracting an incredibly talented group of leaders, just passed 1000 dynamic members in our Facebook group and will launch our first programs soon.

This level of work would have seemed impossible to Paul Zelizer a few years ago …

Another Spiritual Entrepreneur Perspective

Recently, I was speaking with Sasha Allenby and this post came up.  She mentioned having a similar experience.  For background, Sasha co-authored a book that ended up with a leading publisher and in 9 languages. It created career opportunities for her all over the world and she could have stayed very comfortably where she was. But she was called to do something else and she ‘closed her eyes and jumped’.

Here’s what she had to say about upleveling as a spiritual entrepreneur:

“As conscious entrepreneurs we are usually pretty creative, and we need to find fresh ways for our unique message to be expressed. I had a huge epiphany when I read ‘The Big Leap’ by Gay Hendricks. He talks about 4 zones – the zone of incompetence, the zone of competence, the zone of excellence and the zone of genius.

As entrepreneurs it’s unlikely that we will be operating from the zone of incompetence or competence (where we suck at something or we are just ok at it), but we also have to make sure that we aren’t just chugging along in our zone of excellence.  When we do, we get well paid and we are appreciated for what we do, BUT there is something missing.

The zone of genius is something else entirely. It’s when we are on fire with what we are doing. At one with it. And as spiritual entrepreneurs we owe it to ourselves to live from this zone.

I used to feel like there was something wrong with me when I wanted to keep creating something fresh and new. Society really values those that stick at the same job for 20 years or more. But our passion comes from having the courage to fall in love with what we do, to keep the relationship healthy and to know when to evolve and grow what we are doing into something greater. THAT’S what fires us to get out of bed in the morning!”

 What’s Your Experience?

I’d love to hear about your experience when it comes to getting stuck at points on the entrepreneurial journey as well as what your relationship has been with upleveling.  Please share in the form of a comment below.   And thanks for reading!