It is said that we should do one thing everyday that scares us. Well, once you decide to turn your passion into your life’s work, the only way to possibly succeed is to constantly do things that scare you! Creating my yoga business challenges me to push myself in terms of what I am able to offer, and how I get the word out to the public that I exist. The only way to grow is to be willing to put myself out there, take risks, then re-examine, reflect and repeat.
In pondering my New Year’s intentions and goals for 2013, I made certain to not just ask what I want to do and manifest, but most importantly why? I find that when you’re doing something risky or scary, if you examine the why behind the action and realize how well it feeds your higher purpose, it provides the confidence and self-assurance necessary to step fully into the zone of discomfort. Here are some examples from my ultra nerdy New Year’s Intentions spreadsheet, the categories of which are Big Action, Specific Actions, and Higher Purpose:
Big Action: Be Focused.
Specific Action: Establish a consistent work schedule.
Higher Purpose: To replace feelings of stress and anxiety with feelings of calm and accomplishment.
Big Action: Protect and expand my energy.
Specific Actions: Hula hoop and dance often. Go to the Korean spa once a month.
Higher Purpose: To expand my capacity to serve. To feel fully alive.
Big Action: Connect and Communicate.
Specific Actions: Be more visible online through blogging and videos.
Higher Purpose: To reach as many people as possible that will benefit from my services.
So, in the spirit of communicating, risk taking, and putting myself out there to reach the audience I know is wanting what I offer, I examined the best possible way to describe what I teach. As I do not adhere to any one specific style of yoga, but rather blend different styles and healing forms of movement, it is often difficult for people to grasp what I do (though once they experience it, no further explanations necessary!). So what better way is there to communicate what I do than to show it? Voila, my first YouTube yoga video:
This is not a video to display my skills as a yogi. Rather, it is an invitation to create strong, fluid movement in your body (hence the name of my class, Yoga Movement). To me, there is nothing better than nurturing the body you’re in, and being able to move at your highest capacity with the greatest sense of joy and freedom possible. So here it is, here is what I do, and I welcome you to experience it for yourself.
In the comments below, I would love for you to share one thing you plan on doing this year that scares you, and why? What is the higher purpose behind the action? How does it serve to nurture your higher self?
Special thanks to my student Marc Perlman for making this video for me!
With Love and Gratitude,
P.S. I would like to add that in reviewing my accomplishments for 2012, one of my favorites was the expansion of my blog. Thank you for being interested and letting me share. It’s going to be a great year!