I used to worry so much about whether I was good enough to build a Global Movement. I worried about whether I was experienced enough, worthy enough or 'perfect' enough. When I looked at other more experienced business owners than me who were making a massive difference in the world, so much further ahead than I was and so much better known than me, I used to think,
"I am so behind. Is there any point in me even trying to catch up?"
I knew in my heart that I was destined to do something greater than just building a little business and I had a sense of urgency about doing it, but I was so worried about what others would think of me if I failed and my Global Movement became a fizzle that I hid my light, played small and safe, built up my network slowly and focused on putting others in the spotlight.
I wouldn't change a thing about my journey because I am able to support so many thousands of others now to avoid what I've been through, but I believe that too often anointed leaders think too much about whether what you have is enough to be a movement or not and whether it’s enough to make a business out of it. I believe that’s the wrong question entirely.
"Does this light up my soul enough that I would stop at nothing to make sure others don’t go through the same painful journey as me?"
"Could I dedicate the rest of my life to positively empowering this cause?"
"Are there other people in the world who have the problem I can solve?"
"Could others be be healed / helped by me stepping up and showing up?"
These are better questions to ask yourself and if you can say YES, YES, YES and YES, you are in perfect alignment with the movement and the ripple that you were born to make.
The reality is that as long as what you are sharing is coming from the right energy and integrity within your heart to make a positive difference to others, you are giving other people just like you the ability to be brave just like you and join you in your shared vision to do something great in the world that will leave a lasting positive footprint.
Remember that there are millions of people who might be too scared or ashamed to admit their story. But they would fight for a cause to help others avoid the same fate, healing themselves along the way - if only there was such a cause close to their heart like yours that they could join and become part of...
My friend Debby Montgomery Johnson hid her million dollar online dating scam shame for years. But as soon as she started talking about it and realised how many men and women all over the world would be positively impacted by her stepping up to share her story with them, she created a movement without even thinking about it. Everything is in flow for her.
Before she knew it she was being interviewed on radio, TV, podcasts, being invited on stages all over the US, created her own radio show and is now the go to expert on her topic of Online Dating Scams. She receives letters and messages of gratitude for her sharing her story because it empowered them to finally come out and share theirs. Debby could have most definitely thought too hard about it, worried about it and got caught up in the perfection paralysis of it, but instead she just started sharing her story with love and compassion. Not because she wanted to make money, but because she wanted to make a difference AND the money then followed and flowed. She was then picked up for the Awakening Giants documentary, which is how I met Debby when we were filming for that together in San Diego a few years ago.
Unfortunately I see too many thousands of potential Global Movement makers
think too long and hard about ‘but where is the money is this movement?’
You simply can’t build something this important whilst thinking about money.
You could be the poorest person in the world or the richest person in the world, it doesn’t matter. God, Spirit, the Universe... doesn’t care about money or how much you can make. They only care about love and if you don’t love what you do, or do what you love, or BE what you love, then you will always struggle with achieving the financial rewards anyway. You’ll be out of flow and money can’t flow to you if you aren’t in flow. Focus on the IMPACT of your movement and the INCOME will follow.
When I burned out 7 years ago and walked away from my £7.8 million business, I had no idea what to do. I just knew that I had to ‘BE’ from now on if I was going to live my life by divine design. I launched How To Build A Brand without any thought of how I would make money from it. At the time I just wanted to support thousands of small business owners to get the support, ideas and advice they needed to stop them getting ripped off by so called ‘experts’ who would take their money and give them a bad experience that they would carry with them for the rest of their business life, affecting every decision they make and forcing them to play small without even realising it.
I just started giving, giving, giving from a divine energy and that energy aligned with other divine people. By giving so much I started receiving so much and people started inviting me to speak at their events. I started getting messages from people who needed my help and I designed training and products for them to help their pain go away and replace it with pleasure - a business and lifestyle built on divine purpose. Within 12 weeks of giving, I couldn’t stop the flow of money coming to me and I hadn’t even set out to make money from doing it.
Everything I’ve done over the last 7.5 years since my burnout has been on pure intuition and divine design.
This has been rewarded significantly and the more I receive the more I give back because I can. The more I give,
the more I receive. The more I receive, the more I can give and on it goes.
Remember that faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains. Focus on only your purpose and I promise you that the profit will follow in ways you cannot even conceive 🙏🙌🥰
When I think about it now, I had to be completely broken and broke with nothing to lose so that all I literally had left was my faith. I then built my business from that place, rather than a place of scarcity and literally everything has flowed and fallen into place since.
I remember a very dear friend of mine, Barbara Brown, who gave EVERTHING up to follow her faith saying to me when I got scared, "Sammy, God will never take away that which you need and he will never give you anything more than you can handle". She was so right and I still live by that mantra to this very day.
If you are in a place where you are feeling the call to do something greater, to step into being rather than doing, or to take your existing business and build a Global Movement around it or in it, I urge you to come and join me at the Burning Woman Online Festival today and tomorrow.
It was only in December - just 8 months ago that Olivia attended my Vision, Voice & Visibility Summit in Manchester. I found out on the last day of the event that she had slept in her car for all 4 nights and brought her own little lunches with her because she didn't have the money to eat with everyone else or stay in a hotel.
Olivia is in a completely different place now emotionally, physically, spiritually and financially. Even though the festival cannot run physically as she originally planned, Olivia has bought the experience online so you don't even have to travel to it. She is the best example of how quickly you can turn your life and business around. She recently bought herself a beautiful boat and now lives on the water like we do, building her Global movement surrounded by all the things she loves most.
You can build your movement from wherever you are right now and I'm delighted to be sharing from 4-5pm this afternoon how I did it, how you can do it too and how you can take your One Drop to create the Ripple Effect that you want to see in the world.
To join me simply go to www.BurningWoman.co.uk now to get your ticket so you have access to all of the incredible speakers that Olivia has lined up, as well as me!
My dear friends and fellow Brand Builders Christine Wright and Kezia Luckett are also speaking at this festival - two more phenomenal movements that were birthed in The Brand Builders Club. You definitely want to hear Christine and Kezia's sessions <3
If it is your time to shine, you will be feeling the call to do it now.
Being absolutely honest with yourself, you've probably been feeling it for a while if you really think about it! But don't try to do it on your own though, as it's no fun going solo.
Join us from home or wherever you are. Just join us 🙂
See you there 🙂