One of the first things I learned about the joy of business through Access Consciousness was that I had to be willing to receive as well as to give. Like a lot of people, I had grown up believing that the valuable thing was to give, that receiving wasn’t even in the picture! Receiving is a lot different to what I first thought. Here’s an excerpt from my Joy of Business book where I talk about the difference being able to receive can make to your business. “Your ability to receive is essential to the success of your business. Receiving includes your ability to receive all the good things in life, and it goes far beyond that. It includes your ability to receive everything—the good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly. You have to be willing to receive money and you have to be willing to receive no money. You have to be willing to receive admiration, appreciation and gifts. You have to be willing to receive information and other people’s points of view. You have to be willing to receive praise and approval and you have to be willing to receive criticism and judgement. You have to be willing to receive your business being successful or your business not being successful. You have to be willing to receive all of it, absolutely all of it, and not be vested in the outcome. True receiving is immensely profound, as it affects your ability to perceive, to know and even to be. Say you’ve decided that you’re right about something and you’re not willing to receive other information or perspectives. You won’t be able to perceive what’s possible beyond your limited viewpoint. If you can’t perceive, you cut off your knowing. And if you cut off your knowing, you cut off your awareness and your presence, which is who and what you are. You can’t be you. To be successful in business you must be able to receive, perceive, know and be. The willingness to receive is the key to being able to do this”. Here’s a question you could ask yourself everyday: ‘What would it be like to perceive, know, be and receive everything?’ And just enjoy what shows up! What if you know a whole lot more than you are usually willing to acknowledge? What contribution could that be to your life and your business? And this is just the beginning of discovering how to receive – there’s a lot more in the Joy of Business book!