Growth Through Reflection on 2019: Questions to Ask: Episode 197


Hey, sister! Welcome back to a Taylored Adventure to Happiness. If you are new, welcome! If you are a regular, I love ya, I love ya, I love ya!

You guys know that I’m all about positivity, high vibes, elevating our thinking, and stepping up into our highest selves. But I also like to make sure that we look at our shadow selves and the false beliefs or challenges we experience. We often ignore these shadows and push them under the rug because they’re uncomfortable or we don’t know how to move past them. Eventually, they build up and prevent us from moving any further or blow up in our face. 

Reflection is one of the most powerful tools that we have at our disposal to look at these hard things and shift from a place of defeat to determination. Why? Because reflection is a non-judgmental tool. It allows us to look at our shadow selves, mistakes, or challenges as experiences and identify the lessons we can draw from them and things we want to do differently.

One of the conversations I’ve heard from many of my clients and peers is about the feeling of defeat — they wish they would have accomplished more this year. If that’s you, you’re in the right place because today, I’m bringing back an episode from late 2019 all about reflection. I’m sharing five questions to help you reflect on your business and shift from a place of defeat to determination. I believe these questions will still serve as a powerful guide to helping you create aligned #AbundantAF goals and a massive success for this coming year!

If you’re ready to turn your challenges and false beliefs into momentum and clear direction to more abundance and breakthrough, grab a journal and pen and keep reading!

Reflection Question #1: Did You Hit Your Financial Goal in Business? 

Talking about finances is hard for many of us because we have tied it to our feelings of success and worthiness. If this topic is uncomfortable or triggering for you, stick with me. There’s healing for you here. I can feel it!

Let’s start with this question: Did you hit your financial goal this year? If not, ask yourself, “Was my financial goal ego-driven or soul-driven?” 

An ego-driven goal motivates you with thoughts like, “When I hit half a million, I’ll know I’m successful. When I hit my first six figures, I’ll be respected. When I hit half a million, I’ll have proved that my message and service to others is powerful.” When we have a specific financial goal based on ego, we end up obsessed with a number, and when we don’t hit that goal, our ego gets hurt. We don’t feel worthy. We feel shame. We feel unsuccessful.

If that’s how you feel right now, take this moment to honor those feelings. Don’t judge them. Honor them.

Now, I want you to ask yourself, “Did I make an impact this year? Did I go all in serving the people I was meant to serve?” My guess is that your answer was, “Yes.” Celebrate that and own it! Look at the financial number you achieved in the last 12months. Whether or not you hit your financial goal, celebrate all the lives you impacted. Sis, those are real lives that were changed because of you. How fucking cool is that? 

As you choose a financial goal for this coming year, consider this: Soul-driven financial goals focus on growth and service. When you don’t meet these goals, you might be disappointed, but they won’t make you feel less than or defeated. So, ask yourself, “How does this financial goal relate to my mission and reflect the number of people I want to impact?” 

Make a radical decision moving forward to set goals from a place of alignment and abundance instead of needing an ego-boost.

Reflection Question #2: Did You Show Up to Your Fullest Potential in Business? 

Showing up to your fullest potential in business or any area of your life feels invigorating! You’re in the frequency of “yes,” and other people can feel that energy, too. It’s fucking beautiful. That doesn’t mean that you never feel scared or outside of your comfort zone. But it does mean the things you do — even the uncomfortable ones — feel aligned and powerful AF. 

So I want you to take this moment and ask yourself, “Did I show up to my fullest potential in business?” Be honest with yourself here. Did you go all-in? I’m not talking about having zero low-energy days. I definitely don’t operate at my fullest potential every day. But when you did show up to your business, were you engaging with your audience, recording podcasts, and having sales calls with 100% of your energy or just 80-90%? If not, why weren’t you showing up at 100%? What were doubts creeping in and triggering your low energy?  

I truly believe that when we are all-in, we are vibrating at such a high frequency of love, understanding, and surrender that everything we desire flows to us. It’s in those moments that I show up as my truest and most magnetic self. I show up fearlessly with my walls down, and my energy, excitement, passion — everything — just falls into place. As a result, I make a lot of money and bring more opportunities my way! 

The high energy, love, and value I show up with are matched with equal value. The days I’m slacking and showing up with 80% of my energy, I get 80% of the results. That’s how the Universe works. It doesn’t mean I’m a bad person. It just means I’m human. If anything, it should motivate me to understand what helps me show up with 100% of my energy so that I can create a routine to be in that energy more often! That’s why I want you to be asking yourself these questions. Answer them from a place of love and non-judgment. Remember you’re reflecting on this year to understand yourself better and move forward with more intention. 

Here’s where I didn’t show up fearlessly and in my fullest potential: Facebook. In my community, I did a fucking epic job, but not on my public page. As I asked myself all the questions I just shared with you, I realized that I didn’t show up in my truth on my public Facebook page because my family would see it. When they saw it, I knew that they would probably talk bad about me and shame me for making a lot of money.

After reflecting on this, I was able to spend time healing my wounds. If we avoid our doubts and fears by moving around them, they will show up again or keep us from stepping to our next-level selves. When we move through our doubts and fears, we create abundance for ourselves and those around us. 

Reflection Question #3: Did You Take Radical Responsibility in Business? 

Sometimes we don’t show up to our fullest potential in our business because something is out of alignment. This was the case for me in late 2017 and leading into 2018. I started in the online business world as a fitness coach. I loved fitness and was inspired by fitpreneurs to try online coaching. But the more I did it, the more unsatisfied and unsuccessful I felt.

When I started to ask myself what I really wanted to do and what felt good to me, I realized that fitness coaching wasn’t aligned with my truth. Being a spiritual coach and mentor was what my soul was crying out for me to do. So I took radical responsibility and shifted my business from fitness coaching to spirituality and abundance coaching. Since then, serving women, making money, and showing up in my more powerful energy has never been easier. 

All that to say, if you spent last year struggling to show up at 100%, ask yourself, “Did I accidentally create a business that isn’t true to me? Have I started creating programs similar to what others were selling because I thought it would work for me as it did for them?” 

As the answers present themselves, don’t hate yourself for being out of alignment. Instead, see it as an invitation to take radical responsibility. Take the next few weeks to get crystal clear on who you want to serve, how you want to serve, and what you want your business model to look like. Get your business in alignment with your soul’s purpose and unique gift. With those pivots, you will start to experience massive success! 

Reflection Question #4: Did You Intentionally Invest in your Business or Career Growth? 

If you’re reading this, you’re probably pretty good at investing in yourself and your business. But today, I want you to take a more in-depth look at the way you’re investing in yourself. Ask yourself, “Did I invest intentionally in my business or career growth?” The keyword here is “intentional.” I’m not asking you to list all the courses you purchased and the coaches you hired. 

I have literally told clients to stop buying my courses and programs because I wanted them to focus on one thing and apply what they were learning. What I’m asking is, “Did you invest in yourself with intention, or did you consume a million courses without consciously choosing them?” 

I’ll be transparent with you, as I always am. I went all out investing in myself and my business this year — 100 thousand dollars worth. And it felt fucking amazing! All of the programs and coaches I invested in really, really worked. But I only invested in two things: a mastermind and a PR coach. That’s all I invested in all year. I chose a mastermind and coach that were super aligned with my mission, and my business flourished. 

It’s true what they say, “If you want your business to grow, you need to invest in yourself.” However, that doesn’t mean you need to buy all the courses and hire all the coaches. Instead, search for what you exactly need to flourish! 

Sister, you are not as broken as you think. You have more of the answers than you know. The key is knowing how you want your business to grow and making very conscious choices to create that specific growth. Then you need to receive coaching and training from a place of gratitude, curiosity, and desire to serve. If you do that, your momentum will be unstoppable!

Reflection Question #5: Did You Honor Your Value? 

As you invest in yourself, your value increases. As your value increases, you can bring more value to the world and your clients. But that also means that as you invest in yourself, your prices should be increasing. Why? Because you’re giving more to your clients. So, the last question I have for you today has to do with your personal price-points. 

Here it is: Did you honor your value when you priced your programs and coaching? When is the last time you increase your prices? Have you doubled or tripled your prices since the time you started? 

If you haven’t increased your prices in the last year but have consistently invested in yourself, I want to challenge you to double your prices. You don’t have to double your prices on every offer, but double them on at least one of your programs. If that feels scary to you, ask yourself, “What is triggering that fear?” Many people feel unworthy to charge more money. If that’s you, ask yourself, “Why do I feel unworthy of charging more?”  

If you feel great about your price points and hit your financial goal this year, I want to celebrate you for a minute — you go, sister! And now, I want to challenge you with this question, “How could you provide even more value and increase your prices in the coming year? How could you make an even bigger impact?” 

Wherever you’re at in the price-point journey, I want you to know that you are worthy of creating massive abundance in your life. But, sis, it is your job and responsibility to own your value and increase your value as you give more to the world.

Why You Need to Listen to this Podcast Episode Right Now…

In this game of life, we’re here to make the most of it, love a little harder, serve in big beautiful ways, make more money, create glorious freedom, and receive all of the goodness. If all these questions feel like a lot to handle, just ask yourself this one, “What can I learn from this past year, and how can I become a better version of myself?” That’s what it all comes down to anyway. When we become better versions of ourselves, we rise together. And that’s pretty fucking amazing! 

If this message shook something up for you or helped you wake up to a new realization, would you do me a favor? Take a screenshot of this and share it on your Instagram story — maybe one of your friends needs some help recovering their year through reflection, too. Tag me, @iamtaylorsimpson, on Instagram, and let me know what hit home for you today. I can’t tell you how good it feels to be supported by you in this way!

Here’s to a more beautiful new year than we can imagine! 

I’ll catch you on the next one and as always choose, happiness because, well, why the fuck not? 


Key Takeaways: 

+ How can I reach my financial goal? Is it based on ego or something else?
+ Honor what you can do, not the things that you can´t
+ Are you going all-in in what you do and with your promotions?
+ Are you creating a business that’s true to you or only for others?
+ Ask yourself: What do I want to double down this year?

Standout Quotes:
“What are those areas of my life that I want to change?”

“Just double down in what aligns with you right now.”