• Lisa Sparks

Joy leads to Success

It’s an exciting time to be an entrepreneur! What does it mean to be an entrepreneur? An entrepreneur is someone who takes a risk, says yes, faces their fear and follows their passion! And ultimately, it’s someone who starts their own business by making a choice to honor their own happiness.

How do you find your happiness? Sometimes going through a whole lot of unhappiness is part of the process. We are all born with an internal guidance system, it’s that intuition in the pit of your stomach that tells you whether something feels right or wrong. Remember that job that you absolutely hated going to each day? That’s your internal guidance system hard at work telling you that what’s right for you lies elsewhere.

Here’s where Mindfulness comes into play. First off, what is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally. Awareness is key. So many of us have been taught to “tough it out,” or “we all have to do things we don’t like to do” and messages like that, have over time, taught us to disconnect from the signals our internal guidance systems are trying to tell us. Any time you’re faced with two choices, you weigh out the pros and cons, then go towards the one that feels better and brings you the largest sense of relief.

How many of us have been able to look back on a decision we knew we didn’t feel good about, but did it anyway? In hindsight, we knew we should have trusted our gut. Our gut is speaking to us all the time. Mindfulness helps to clear the clutter of the noise of daily life that is always competing for our attention. When we spend time just listening to ourselves and what feels right for us, the path clears. Difficult decisions become easier. We learn to trust ourselves. And the challenges we face in life start make us stronger, instead of tearing us down.

Being an entrepreneur is about constantly creating your path. Each of us has a unique set of skills and experiences that make us a valuable commodity in the marketplace. Mindfulness transforms the way you interact with yourself and how you interact with the world around you. It can put you in touch with your own unique set of instructions; we all have them but we haven’t all been given the simple tools, such as mindfulness, to access them.

I’m here to be the one to tell you: you have permission to follow your joy. Joy is the ability to be happy no matter what happens. Joy is being in the present moment. As you strengthen your Mindfulness by practicing daily, you will begin to notice that it’s easy to make decisions in the direction of your joy. You’ll feel better, more confident in what’s right for you, and others will notice! Positivity attracts more positivity. And navigating life as an entrepreneur becomes like a murmuration of birds in flight: intuitively adapting to the ebb and flow of the motio

n around you in a way that feels so natural that onlookers marvel. They call that: Success!

Retreat to Joy offers a five-week Inner Entrepreneur course developed exclusively for Wichita area entrepreneurs. You can find out more at their website Lunch-n-learns, workshops, and seminars are available to area businesses, please email Co-founder Connie Porazka at with inquiries.

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