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I’ve been conducting a crazy money experiment in my business these last few months.

I’ll be the first to admit that it’s been one of the more pleasant manifesting experiments I’ve ever put myself through … because it involved doing a whole lot of NOT working.

Here was the thought that started it all:

The energy of our choices will always be reflected in the energy of our consequences. That’s just how karma works! So if you take actions that resonate to joy, your consequences will resonate to joy. If you act out of obligation, you will find yourself in consequences of more obligation, and so on.

What does this mean for the concept of “work?”

Pretty simple. If you make choices from the energy of “work,” then your consequence will be … you guessed it, more work! Basically, work begets work.

Think about it … while we all tend to have a goal of financial freedom and freedom of time, we also work a LOT.

Maybe some of us aren’t that unhappy about our work. Maybe we’re doing the work we love … which is awesome.  But we’re still working.

I wanted to know if work just creates more work … and what would happen if I just chose NOT to work.

So … I basically limited my work activities to answering the emails that I needed to answer personally, and sending out a few email offers to existing programs. I took up some hobbies. I binge-watched a lot of television shows on Netflix. Mind you, after a solid ten years of hustle, it actually took quite a lot of discipline to NOT work. My ego spent weeks yelling inside my head that I “should” be doing something “productive.”

I let the marketing automation I’ve put in place over the last few years just do its thing. Four times a month, I showed up for Q&A calls, because that’s the commitment I have to my Soul Realignment® community. And that was about it as far as “work” goes.

The results were astounding. Revenue is up by 108% over last year. After “working” for the last two years to consistently generate revenue every month, apparently the real secret to reaching this goal was to sit on the couch a lot. In fact, the month in which I “worked” the most because I was teaching a live class was also my lowest revenue-producing month of the year.

Naturally, these results got me thinking a great deal about work and money, and whether these two are actually related in the way we’ve all been conditioned to believe.

The Truth is that we live in an unprecedented time on our planet where we, as individuals, are completely at choice over our financial reality. As individuals, we have the ability to reach millions of people. The Internet allows us to be location-independent.

Here’s what we MUST remember …

All of this opportunity has only been around for the last fifteen years or so!!! If you take a moment to appreciate the choices we have available to us today, compared to the choices that were available to our parents when they were our age, or even the choices available to us twenty years ago, the difference is truly mind-boggling.

And … our relationship with work and money just hasn’t had time to catch up to the reality we’ve collectively created for ourselves.

Most, if not all of us, grew up with the mentality that work is financially rewarded. Never mind that there are plenty of hard-working people around who are NOT actually making a whole lot of income.

Of course most of us realize that work is more highly rewarded when that work requires specific expertise, and so most of us spend a great deal of time and money acquiring expertise, so that our work will then have a higher financial return.

But we’re still working.

And work, energetically speaking, can only beget more work.

And that might be fine for some of us. After all, if we’re doing the work we love, so we’re okay with constantly creating more of it … right?

Maybe.

The Truth is that our capacity for work is limited. There are only so many hours in the day. Yes, we can hustle our ass off. But hustle gets old after a few years.

How much more would we love our work if it was entirely optional, something we did out of fun and desire, because we want to …. because we truly don’t need the money, because we could just as well sit poolside or have a spa day instead?

What occurred to me while I was sitting on my couch, consciously NOT working, was that the amount of effort I was currently exerting didn’t matter one bit to the people who were seeing my Facebook ads, opting in to my sales funnel, watching my webinars, or taking my classes. Whether I was spending sixty or zero hours a week working didn’t matter to them at all.

There’s only ONE THING that matters:

Value.

And really, the value of my online program to my student is exactly the same whether I’m hustling hard behind the scenes or sitting on the couch.

Here’s what we have to remember when we want to make ourselves busy and wrap ourselves in the warm, familiar blanket of deservingness that is hard work.

Offering value is independent of our time and effort.  If you can offer value in ten minutes … is it “less than” if it took you ten hours to create the same value?  Of course not.

Value begets value … and the way we value things here, in this third-dimensional experience, is through MONEY.

So rather than creating “work” for ourselves, what if we created value?

RED ALERT: The difference is NOT a shift in attitude.

It’s tempting to make “create value, not work” a mindset thingy, and get back to “work” while declaring “I’m creating value” and in reality, doing the same thing we did before.

The difference between working and creating value is NOT a mindset shift. It’s not a change in attitude.

There MUST be a difference in what you are DOING if you expect a different result.

So let’s break down what it actually means to create value.

Here are the components of value:

1. Your value, first and foremost, is derived from your Soul-level gifts.

Your Soul-level gifts are WHO YOU ARE, the very frequencies your Soul is made of. Your value lies in who you are, and that value is limitless and infinite. Trying to be who you are not – by squeezing yourself into someone else’s idea of a “job” or “career,” modeling mentors or success stories or other people’s business models, for example! – can only result in lack.

2. Your value is also derived from your own experience.

If you want to receive consistent value from what you offer, either to your employer, or to your clients and customers, then your offer has to be something that YOU consistently value in YOUR life.

All too often, we get side-tracked by what someone else is doing to advance their career, or is selling successfully, by what seems “hot” right now, or by what we just learned ourselves and haven’t even had a chance to apply to our own lives.

3. Creating value has to actually create value for you, within your creative process.

We can easily get seduced by the idea that, if we suck it up and work our ass off right now, we may hate our lives for a bit … but it will all be worth it in the end.

Guess what? It’s never worth it in the end!

Remember how karma works. The energy of your choice will be reflected in the energy of your consequence, right? (If you want to learn more about karma, check out my Karmic Mastery program.)

If you keep this in mind, then it’s obvious that you won’t create value by doing a bunch of networking you hate, or by slugging through a day job you despise because it’s a “stepping stone.”

If the only value we derive from our work is experiencing our capacity to suck it up and do what we don’t actually want to do … well, our financial results will be less than stellar.

The very PROCESS of creating income has to give us an experience we value – not because it’s hard (that’s that old “work” mentality, sneaking back in!) but because we get to experience ourselves in our brilliance and our gifts through the action of creation.

Instead of creating work, focus on creating value.

Work is entirely overrated.

To your abundance,
Andrrea

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