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Feel Free to Prosper for Business: Metaphysical Marketing (Here on the Network)Views: 412
Feb 28, 2008 7:34 am Metaphysical Marketing: Compete or Complete?

Marilyn Jenett
Metaphysical Marketing Workshop


Compete or Complete?


Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

~ Unknown


A member of a network posted her dilemma. She claimed that another women to whom she had offered much guidance and advice was now imitating everything she was doing in her business and taking business away from her. She said that this other woman spent all of her time trying to “emulate” her.

The definition of "emulate" is to strive to equal or excel, especially through imitation, to rival with some degree of success, to compete with successfully; approach or attain equality with.

I expressed my opinion of the matter as follows:

The issue is not this other woman. The issue is your belief in competition, the belief that there is not enough in this abundant universe to go around. The issue is a deep seated fear that this woman can do you harm. That is based in a lack consciousness, not a prosperity consciousness. The only danger here is that your fears will take root and result in a self-fulfilled prophecy.

The truth is that she cannot harm you or take anything from you. In fact, I believe she has now become the "teacher." She is presenting you with a wonderful opportunity to learn the higher laws of life - and success.

What a tribute and testimony to you that she has taken your guidance and advice and is turning it into her own success. How flattering that she chooses to emulate you. You are her mentor. This is indeed a tribute.

I would advise you to turn your thinking around and look at it all from a new perspective. Are you good at what you do? Yes? And why are you in business? You are in business to offer valuable service and to make money doing so.

If this woman really is copying or emulating you, then she must be offering something of value also. If so, she deserves to prosper. You taught her to do this. You were her teacher, her advisor. Why would you not want her to succeed? (It's that ol' fear rearing its head).

Get into your mind - and really understand this - that there is more than enough to go around. There is plenty of business, there are plenty of customers, and plenty of money in the Universe. There is room for others besides you to offer the services.

If you will turn your thinking around to wish her well (I don't care if you have to grit your teeth at first to do it!) and stop considering her a threat in any way, you will be delighted to find more business seeking YOU out.

It is important that we reach a point in our businesses where we understand the vast benefits of thinking creatively and not competitively. It's the point where we realize we are complete within ourselves and our business is nurtured by the Universe. We only gain when we wish the same for others that we wish for ourselves - and that means for our "competition" too.


I had a major life lesson in this some years ago...

This is a chapter titled "Complete or Compete" from my memoir, Feel Free to Prosper: an Entrepreneurial Memoir of Synchronicity and Guidance
Marilyn's Memoir,  and this was my lesson...


When I founded my company, I was considered a pioneer in the industry - one who created the idea of a location company for events. My inspiration came from the film location companies which were extremely common in Los Angeles. But no one had ever had a location company for parties and events before. It was another industry entirely. So I was influenced and I guess you could say I "copied" the concept of booking locations from the established film location companies.

However, my business had a unique twist and didn't compete with them - and that uniqueness is what brought me worldwide publicity. I often mentioned in publicity that I got the idea from film location companies. Did I copy the idea? Yes, I believe so. It wasn't meant to flatter, of course, but I sensed an opportunity - a missing link that had not been addressed - and I hit gold. So I was guided to take an existing, established idea and make it different and better for another purpose.

On occasion I actually used the services of these film location companies. In fact, they provided all of the mansions I booked in Los Angeles for the Campbell Soup promotions in 2004 to 2006, since there were different requirements than those for a typical one day event. We all profited.


If you can't say something nice...don't say anything at all.

~ Thumper in Bambi (1942)

Thumper


At the time I created my business, there was a woman who owned a late film star’s home in Beverly Hills. Although the home had a celebrity connotation, it had “old Hollywood” décor and was really not the most appealing - there were so many more beautiful mansions to book. My clients didn't care for the home but I continued to show it along with the others because I wanted to help her.

The owner became upset because they wouldn't book it.

So just a few years after I started my business...she decided to become my only competitor and went for it full force. We even ended up in a feature story in the Los Angeles Times together, in which they depicted us as "rivals." Prior to that time, I was the only game in town - in the world, in fact :-)

So...there was now someone who copied my concept, went after the same venues (I didn't really want exclusives), some of the same clients and even created the name for her company that started with one letter before mine in the alphabet, so that she would be above my company in the trade publications.

This was truly one of the greatest business and spiritual lessons of my life. Although it ruffled me at first, when I "lifted" myself above the situation, I realized that the competition was the best thing that could have ever happened to me and that in reality there was no competition. Those clients who were right for me easily found me. She attracted those who were right for her. It inspired me to be an even better businesswoman than I was and propelled me to new professionalism. And it paid off. Her style of doing business was quite a bit different than mine. One of her specialties was weddings, which I stopped booking in favor of corporate clients. Corporate clients who met the two of us contracted my services. Sure it was sweet, but I wished her well and even sent her holiday cards on occasion. We occasionally spoke. I came to the realization that there is enough abundance for everyone in business and you can never lose what is rightfully yours except through fearful lack thinking and a negative consciousness. Lesson learned. It was a great growing experience toward my prosperity consciousness.

I don't believe in competition, at least in the traditional sense. Oh sure, it may appear to be there on the surface, but when we focus on giving the very best of ourselves and rely on the Universal source for our supply, we can trust that we will always be exactly where we are supposed to be with the right people and the right circumstances and we will be happy to afford others the same. If we feel threatened by competition, it only means one thing: we are operating from fear and lack and not from our true nature as children of a rich and abundant Universe.

We do not have to compete. We are complete. We are whole, complete and perfect. When we recognize our completion within, all outer circumstances will be consummated, perfected and completed to reflect our inner state.

If someone creates another business similar to yours, that's copying an idea. If you are the role model or influence, then you can be flattered.

What if someone copies us to the extent that there are violations or infringements? If they copy or use our quotes, text or intellectual property without credit, then that’s an infringement or “theft.” We have the right to protect our interests and take action if needed - that's good business sense. But I like what the great teacher Dr. Joseph Murphy said: When you steal from your brother, you steal from yourself. What you wish for your brother, you wish for yourself. So if someone does steal, the laws of their own mind and consciousness will take care of them.

The Universe doesn't miss a trick.


You can increase your business quickly and effortlessly with the Feel Free to Prosper program.  As they ask in a current television commericial, "Why wouldn't you?" http://www.feelfreetoprosper.com/products.html


~ Marilyn

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