How does it really work?

"All that I need to know in any given moment is revealed to me. My intuition is always on my side." Louise Hay

A few days ago, I stopped by Rosewater Gallery, one of my favorite shops in Asheville. It's owned and operated by my dear friend, Alena Hennessy, a truly gifted artist.
When I got there, Alena was talking with two women from her online course, A Year of Painting. The four of us sat down and started talking.
When they found out about Shift Bars, one of them asked me how I got the idea for the company. Now, if you've been receiving these emails for awhile, you know some of the story...but not all of it.
You know that I had been on a sugar-free cleanse and couldn't find anything sweet to eat at Whole Foods.
But what you don't know is what happened before that...
...a lot of waiting.
Huh? What does waiting have to do with it, Emily? Let me explain.
You see, I believe that inspiration is coming to us all the time. I believe that once we identify something we want, the Universe starts sending us a constant stream of ideas for how to bring it about.
The only problem is, most of us are too busy to hear.
We're busy with jobs, chores, families, iPhones, Facebook, TV and any number of other distractions in our lives.
That doesn't leave a lot of room for inspiration.
Usually, when we want something, we use effort to get it. We use our minds. We try to "figure it out."
But that's the hard way, my friend.
Instead, what if we allowed some space? We slowed down a bit? We relaxed a little more?
That's exactly what happened with Shift Bars.
The real beginning to the story started way back in 2011, when I took Marie Forleo's B-School, an amazing online course for women entrepreneurs.
The content was amazing, the community was incredible - there was only one little problem - I didn't have an idea for a business.
Sure, I had coached people before but I was pretty clear I didn't want to start an online coaching business. And there wasn't anything else I could think of to turn into a business.
So instead of beating myself up or forcing an idea, I simply let it go. I told myself that one day an idea would come to me. In other words, I chilled.
I continued reading and learning about starting a business and entrepreneurship. I followed women who I felt were rocking it - women like Alena who had businesses that helped people, utilized their skills and passions and made money.
And I focused on having fun. 
Which led me to take acting classes... which led me to wanting to loss weight so I'd look better on camera... which led me to doing the cleanse... which led to the trip to the store... which led to a nap ('cuz hey, I was tired:)... which led me to being in a state of relaxation... which let the inspiration for Shift Bars come in.
Think back over your own life. How many times have you gotten a great idea while you're drifting off to sleep, taking a shower, or playing with your dog?
That's not the exception to the rule, that's the rule. When we're relaxed and having fun, the inspiration flows in easily, no forcing required. CLICK TO TWEET Now, of course, the people who really rock it in this life know there's one more step...YOU HAVE TO ACT ON THE INSPIRATION!!!
How many great ideas have you gotten and immediately that little voice comes in with all the reasons how it'll never work? I know it's happened to me!
But not with Shift Bars. Something inside me told me to get off the couch and follow this idea, because it was a doozy. And the rest, as they say, is history.
So to recap:
  1. Identify what you want (a business, a relationship, better health)
  2. Trust that the Universe has got your back and knows the best way to it
  3. Keep learning about it so you're ready when inspiration strikes
  4. Chill out, have fun, and be open to that little voice with the big idea
  5. Act on the idea, no matter what!
Your turn - what's one amazing thing in your life that you have because you followed your inspiration? Tell me about it on our Facebook page. Because recognizing it when it happens is the best way to make it happen again and again and again...
Open up, Emily