This is part two of a conversation started about how to prep for your business using the Full Moon. I’ve spent the last year or so testing out prep and action plans that really work for my business. I’ve learned that no one system functions perfectly for me but I’ve developed one that does. Part I of the system starts with a relaxing bath, check it out here.
Check in on your Goals
So you bathed, relaxed, related, and released (I love a good Debbie Allen quote) all the unhelpful, all over the place emotions related to your biz. Now it’s time to get to work.
At some time during the month, you set some goals. If full moon rituals are old hat for you, you probably set them on the New Moon (#awesome time for goal setting and manifestation) but if not you probably jotted something on your Powersheets, a Starbucks napkin or in the notes section of your phone. Wherever those goals are, pull them up and see where you stand on them.
Did you have a goal to write all the content, book 5 new clients, run a half marathon, and plan a Girls Night for your BFFs? What have you gotten done and what’s no longer important?
Only booked 3 clients? Rephrase that – you booked 3 clients and you’re more than halfway to your goal! Happy dance and focus in on booking those last two clients before the end of the cycle (aka the New Moon).
Wrote all the content for all the platforms but only getting traction (engagement and or leads) from one? Cut all the other content platforms and focus in on what is working. Next month you might consider trying out those other platforms again or you may discover your bread and butter platform.
Maybe you twisted your ankle and training for the marathon is no longer happening. Erase that from your list and – here’s the important part – be okay with it. That goal no longer fits with who you are as a person and there’s no point in beating yourself over something that’s no longer serving you (or helping you serve others).
The Full Moon is the perfect marker for letting go of what’s not working and then committing to moving forward with what is working.
How do you find these numbers? Analytics. Hopefully you dig into them more than once a month but this is the day you open up Google Analytics, your personal spreadsheets, email service provider, and all the social media analytic tools you can find. Find the tools that help you get the conversion numbers and the new leads that you want. Make those your babies for the next two weeks.
Cleanse your Space
You cleansed your body and now it’s time to cleanse your space.
First step, acquire some sage. Or palo santo. Or a spray constituted of either.
Step two, open all the windows and the doors. The negative/frustrated/unfulfilled energy needs to get out.
Step three, light that baby up. You want to light the sage/palo santo until it catches fire and then smolders out. What you want is the smoke. Starting in the back left side of your house/office/all of the above, walk on the left side walks waving the smoke as you go. It helps to repeat something that’s going to uplift your spirit as you do because you’re getting rid of your guilt over the goals you didn’t meet, the person you’re not quite yet, and everything that’s hold you back.
It helps me to recite affirmations (that I believe, not just fairy tales I wish for), Bible verses (like Proverbs 31 for all the strength), or just tell the negativity to get out because abundance wants to find a place into my home.
Journal it Out
The last step in my ritual involves a montage of journaling. Like the bath there are a few different things I can do here and I choose one (or a few) based on how the mood fits me and where I am. Most of the time I try to do as much of this out of doors under the moonlight as possible. On nights where the weather doesn’t cooperate I at least open up the window to let some of the moon rays beam down on me.
I really like fire because I feel it symbolizes conquering fears/negativity and bringing renewed energy to the good and positive moving forward. Sometimes it’s as simple as a prayer when lighting the candle or literally drawing my intentions/goals/prayers into a taper or unboxed pillar candle. On the Full Moon, I draw some of my new goals into that candle and let it burn into a puddle of wax.
I definitely incorporate Pomodoro into my Full Moon free writes. I set a timer for 10 to 15 minutes and get to scribbling (not typing) on the paper. I generally set one time for my business goals and one for my personal. As a business owner we know it’s hard to separate the two but I need to make sure they both get space.
Most of the writing is a stream of consciousness that looks like word vomit that eventually gets somewhere. If you struggle with where to get started, start with asking yourself questions about your fears and struggles. Eventually, some answers will start flowing out of your pen.
After this, the fire theme is done – I promise! During the breezy months when I’m lucky enough to get an invite to a place with an outdoor fire pit I get really creative. This part of the process is a combination of all that’s good about using intention setting candles and free writing. What you do here is choose somethings you need to let go of, write them on scraps of paper and burn them to ash.
Pretty simple. Fire is cleansing. Cleanse those thoughts to ash until they are no more.
Around the New Year, I got really into letter writing. I wrote to myself five years from now congratulating myself on running the biz and life that I wanted. I wrote letters to God thanking him for what he trusted me with now and what he would trust me with in the future. I wrote letters asking for answers to questions I didn’t know I had. I wrote letters to people who I needed to let go (didn’t mail them though). I wrote letters to the love I wanted to have and the clients I wanted to serve.
A lot of it is the act of putting yourself and your intentions out there. Because closed mouths don’t get fed. Telling God and the Universe is one way of starting to get that done.
You may have done this a little the night before in the bath but it’s important to wrap this up in a meditation to really cement the new goals you’re moving forward with. It can be as simple as 1 minute of deep thought or a little more time with Headspace/Simple Habit or guided meditations on YouTube. Like this one for courage from my fav Gabby Bernstein.
Let’s Take, a Long Walk
Some nights it’s meditation and bed while others I wrap it up with a couple laps around my complex. The night air is really cooling and a great way to let the thoughts ruminate. I always feel so light and ready after this process is done that this walk seals the deal. I’m generally almost giddy thinking about the new possibilities to come.
Billions of words later, I am done. It might seem like a ton and that’s because it is. You have to do more than 5 minute check-ins on your biz and your sanity. In no way is this something you should do every day or every cycle of the moon (because when will you have times to get things done babe) but it’s a great once a month check-in. My new moon ritual is all about manifestation and goal setting so think lots of writing and meditation and a lot less fire.
The moon cycle has a special place in my heart and business because it forces me to check-in, keep going, double down, commit, and all of the above when other methods lack structure or just bore me to death. Yes, I could sit down and Pomodoro it out but if I want to live an inspired life, I need to inspire myself. If your word is love, love on yourself a little more. I promise as much as you are a spreadsheet junkie, you don’t la-la-la-love spreadsheets. You just love what they mean.