Have you ever had a really great idea? Perhaps you started bringing this idea to life by dreaming or setting goals of intentions. And after developing the concept, you were ready to tell the world. As your baby is starting to walk you get more confident, then one day it happens.
You discover someone else is offering something nearly identical to your idea or offering.
What is this all about?
Recently I had something like this happen, in what I believed to be a professional community. I was so excited to share what I was working on and to be an active member in the group, by supporting others. Out of nowhere, someone who is a part of this community, started to market an offering very similar (almost identical) to my business model.
It was discouraging and disappointing to watch someone take, what I believed to be my work, and co-opt it to their advantage.
This was a rather vulnerable moment for me. I started to second guess myself on everything I was doing and my hopes for my work. Feelings around being unworthy and not enough were abundant, like a thick fog blocking my vision.
Fortunately I was able to I step out of my mindset for a moment, and began to process the feelings coming up, with one of my favorite tools, the Work of Byron Katie. After I moved through the raw emotion, I could start to see something even greater manifesting.
It didn’t really sink in however, until after I had a night of sleep to dream on it.
In the morning, I was eased with the reminder that I am made to do this work, it is that simple. So what is at the root here?
Was this really my idea? Did this person take my energetic footprint to leverage their success? Maybe. I can’t know for sure. If they did, it is really a sign my visions are right on target, isn’t the saying “copying is the greatest form of flattery?”
But what if this is validation of the importance of my work? Could it also a sign of humanity hitting the critical mass necessary for real change?
Either way, the gift for all of us is more conscious business owners are manifesting themselves.
My advice to you Wild Dreamer is to remember your gifts are unique to you.
No one can bring your visions to life the way you would. Do you due diligence in protecting the ownership of your work, but don’t worry if others start modeling you, you are an energy center of attraction.
In part you have offered yourself as a sacred vessel of activation for others, by your willingness to fulfill your purpose.
So carry on, and know you are headed the right way.