Happy 1st Birthday

In September I celebrated my business’s 1st birthday. For me this is a time to reflect and look back at some of my achievements, failures and lessons learnt.

Last September I “officially” launched The Yoga Room with a flyer advertising all my classes and shared it on social media. With my drive and passion, I waited for the flood of emails requesting more information and sign-ups for classes. None came – literally not ONE inquiry. I was shocked, depressed, despondent and even ashamed. I had set goals, done the leg-work, knew exactly what I wanted to do, so why hadn’t it worked?

Twelve months later I am a little wiser and slightly more knowledgeable about what it means to run your own business. I have listened to countless business podcasts, met and talked with wise women who were happy to let me learn from their experiences, left two jobs that were not providing me with the inspiration and time I needed to devote energy to my yoga business, and did succeed in teaching classes and workshops, and was also asked to substitute teach while a fellow colleague was away. It has been a roller-coaster journey.

So what are some of the lessons I have learnt and how do they prepare me for the year ahead.

1. Goals are your own arbitrary milestones!

A dear friend introduced me to an amazing podcast series called “The Mind Your Business Podcast” by James Wedmore. Every episode has made me think and re-evaluate everything I thought I knew about life and work. His philosophy on setting goals is mind-blowing. His theory is that goals are personally created milestones, that when achieved give you a false sense of security and when NOT achieved bring you to a place of shame and guilt. Be driven and passionate about your work, but when you become fixated on some random self-defined goal that you think will determine and define you or your business, you end up focusing on the wrong thing.

This has really touched me as I have been very goal driven this year – deciding arbitrarily how many classes I wanted to teach and what that meant to the growth and success of my business. I had to let go of these goals and realise that if I didn’t meet them, it didn’t reflect anything about me, my professionalism or the ultimate success of my business. Maybe the original goal had been unrealistic, a random selection imbued with more meaning then it was supposed to have.