#034: The Spiritual Side to Freelance Success (Pt. 2) – A Talk With Pete Savage from ExpandYourself.com

NOTE: This is part 2 of a two-part episode on the spiritual aspects of freelance success. If you haven’t yet listened to part 1, make sure to do that first.

The notes that follow are a very basic, unedited summary of the show. There’s a lot more detail in the audio version. You can listen to the show using the audio player below. Or you can subscribe in iTunes or on Stitcher to get this show delivered straight to the Podcasts app on your smart phone, tablet or iPod.

To listen to part one of this conversation please go to Episode #033.

Question #4: Am I letting my outer circumstances, and not my vision, influence my thoughts and feelings on the subject?

If you don’t have a strong vision of the outcome you want, you’ll always be in reaction mode. If you have a vision, it will guide you in your thoughts and actions.

Example: Joseph Murphy, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind.

Question #5: Have you considered that your desired outcome NOT happening is just one probability?

Example: Gregg Braden’s video showing a tumor dissolving in real time. The practitioners hold in their minds the image of the patient in a healthy body. They’re not focused on the problem. They see the tumor as just one probability in a field or probabilities. They’re drawing in the manifestation of the healthy body from somewhere else.

There are things in the world that we just don’t understand yet. Popular opinions are often proved wrong with time.

Question #6: Am I conflicted in my thoughts about this?  Do I really expect this to happen or am I just going through the motions?

Pete uses The Option Method by Bruce Di Marseco to uncover underlying beliefs and attitudes.

The method consists of a series of questions:

Q1: What are you unhappy/scared/etc. about?

Q2: Why are you unhappy/scared/etc. about this issue?

Q3: What do you worry would happen if you weren’t unhappy/scared/etc.?

Q4: Do you really believe that?

Q5: If yes, why do you believe that?

Q6: What do you think would happen if you didn’t believe that?

Where possible, change statements into an “equal sign” statement. For example, “Feeling scared will lead to you getting new business” becomes, “Feeling scared = getting new business.”

Question #7: Have you FULLY embraced the idea that there are forces outside that can help you?

Rushing to action is a sign that you think you have to do everything yourself. Before you take action, remember that other forces can help you if you ask.

If you take the time to ask for help first, then the action you take will be easier, more focused and ultimately more effective.

Many of us wait until we’re absolutely exhausted before we ask for help. When we finally do, we feel a sense of peace and relief.

But we shouldn’t have to get to the point of exhaustion before asking for help. We start by asking for help from outside forces and integrate it into everything we do.

Question #8: Have I set my subconscious to work on it?

Science says the conscious mind drives only 5% of our behavior. The subconscious mind drives 95%.

Affirmations are a great way to put your subconscious to work. It’s a way to change your subconscious beliefs. Sometimes people give up on them because they feel weird. But they should feel weird because we’re trying to install a new belief.

What to Say When You Talk to Yourself – Shad Helmstetter

How to put some of these ideas into practice:

  1. Ask yourself what question or example REALLY resonated with you?
  2. Sit quietly and be honest with yourself. Why did it resonate with you? 
  3. Write stuff down when think about this. It helps you to externalize the stuff you’ve been carrying around. It helps you look at things more objectively. Pete encourages people to journal every day.  


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  • Kathy Mercure

    Okay, you are so right about making the time… I just gave myself an astounding 2 hours listening to both parts of this wonderful podcast! Thank you so much Ed and Pete for this time. I’ve believed in this stuff intellectually for a while now, but now I get it on a different level — the business level — and I feel now how important it truly is to integrate this into all aspects of my life. The thing that resonated the most deeply for me was getting down to what it will feel like when I have reached my vision. (Check out daniellelaporte.com for her book, The Desire Map.) You have given me the entry to integrating what I believe in my personal life into my business life — and a way to be authentic without fear of judgement, because those who would judge me are not the type of clients I want to attract.

    One of your last comments about this “thoughts become things” way of thinking will become absolutely commonplace and as natural to who and what we are in business in 20 years (or less I believe) is bang-on!

    Bonus: you’ve given me the topic for my final blog post of the year on my authentically kathy blog. I’m going to start it NOW, instead of procrastinating and thinking myself out of doing it.

    Ed, I want to thank you as well for giving so freely of your knowledge, your insights and your self to us freelancers. Happy Holidays to you. Here’s to an incredible 2014 that I FEEL is about to happen.

    • edgandia

      Hi Kathy — So great to hear that found the show valuable. And good to know that it gave you food for thought for your next blog post! 😉 I appreciate your kind words and gratitude. Truly means a lot!

      • Kathy Mercure

        Thanks Ed, and will wonders cease that I actually did do the blog post?! Will go live Tuesday (and of course I’m linking back to this page). All the best for the holidays and I have the inside track knowledge that 2014 is going to be a stellar year!

        • Can’t wait to read it! Happy holidays to you as well, Kathy.

  • AmandahBlackwell

    This was a fantastic podcast! I need to listen to it, again.

    I need to allow my subconscious mind take over more than I do. I can be a planner, list maker and scheduler. And I have a tendency to ‘force’ something to happen. Surrendering would be good for me. 🙂

    • edgandia

      I hear ya, Amandah! Heck, I have to listen to it again myself. I interviewed Pete a few weeks ago for these shows, so I need a refresh. Thanks for listening and for your comments. 😉

  • Kevin Short

    Another wonderful podcast from you and Pete!
    Makes me think of the Covey book, “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” and his take on moving from the private victories, before you can move to the public ones. Thanks again for all you do Ed and have a blessed holiday too! Look forward to more terrific podcasts in the New Year!

    • edgandia

      Thank you, Kevin!! Have a blessed holiday as well. And may 2014 bring you great health and prosperity!