My Birthday was on Monday and I am still riding the wave of joy, celebration and acknowledgment. If you took a moment to call me, send me a text, email, Facebook message or post on my wall, I am deeply grateful. It really means a lot that you paused to honor me, and I thank you from the depths of my heart.
I am excited to share with you something that I did at my party that I am still surprising myself by. I did a “performance!”
Me, in my “dress rehearsal”
Now, you should know that I don’t consider myself an actress, by any means, and I have not performed anything since I was six years old. And while teaching Kids Yoga can be theatrical and entertaining, in its own right, this felt wildly different as it was amongst my friends and community.
But here’s what had me go for it: I thrive on pushing my edges and getting out of my comfort zone. I believe in commitment and when I say I am going to do something, I do it.
I was first introduced to this piece, Today I Rise – The Initiation, in November right after the election, last year. It moved me to tears and inspired me to wake up, take action and go for the life I truly desire. I was so struck by the poem that I made a commitment to watch it every day. Three weeks in, I decided I wanted to “perform” it … on my Birthday. Gulp!
And so, for days, weeks and months, I watched the video every morning. Oftentimes, it was the first thing I did as it truly helped me to get out of bed. Then, I began to memorize the lines. I would go on my walks and recite the words, oftentimes messing them up.
I wasn’t exactly sure what the “performance” was going to look like but when I was ready, I started to move my body in ways that felt expressive and true to the essence of the poem. This felt horribly awkward!
I knew I needed help and so I asked an acting coach/friend to work with me and help me move through my awkwardness, stagnation and fear. With her support and accountability, I dedicated myself to practicing daily. I cried and pushed through. I resisted and surrendered. I laughed and got compassionate with myself. I felt a lot of feelings during my preparation, which were all part of the journey to getting me to that magical moment when I “performed” in front of 30 of my friends.
I am honored to share my “performance” with you, my beloved global Kids Yoga family. Just click the video below.
Whether you watch the piece or not, what I really want you to know is that saying “yes” to doing the performance, successfully, is a lot like saying “yes” to doing something successfully in business. As I see it, below are the parallel truths that go with the great saying, “how you do anything, is how you do everything.”
Get out of your comfort zone. It’s really easy to continue doing the same things every day because these things are comfortable, familiar and simple to accomplish. But what about those big dreams you have for your biz? The things you want to do to express yourself as a Kids Yoga Teacher. To make more money? To impact more lives? Get connected to those desires and don’t be afraid to stretch yourself and get out of your comfort zone. It’s true, outside of your comfort zone is where the magic happens.
Be inspired and fully choose it. Whether you are ready to teach a new class, develop a teacher training, open a Kids Yoga studio or write a book, come from a place of inspiration and fully choosing this next big offering for your business. If you have any doubts, recognize whether it is fear or just not the right time. If it’s fear, know that you can move through it because you want it more than you are afraid of it. Fully be a “yes” to this new beginning and this will be your anchor for getting your through and having success.
Commit and dedicate yourself. If this is truly something that you want to do for yourself and your biz, then go all in. Commit to this project 100% and do whatever it takes to succeed. Schedule time on your calendar and keep these times booked just like any other important appointment. Dedication and discipline are the key to success.
Get prepared. When you choose to do something big in your biz, it takes time to build. Be sure to allow yourself enough time to develop your new offering so that you are not feeling squeezed or under pressure. Oftentimes, something new and big takes at least six month’s time of solid preparation.
Don’t do it alone. There are experts in the field who are skilled at that thing that you want to create. Whether it is a friend, mentor or coach – don’t be afraid to hire someone to guide you, hold you accountable and help you to create your new offering. A coach or mentor can help to cut your learning curve in half and your product will be that much better because you got expert advice and support.
Be gentle. Given that you are up to something big, it’s important to be gentle and compassionate with yourself. You’ve never done this big thing before and emotions will inevitably arise. Be patient and kind, knowing that you are human and doing your best. You’ve got this!
I hope you enjoyed my “performance” and are feeling inspired to create something new and big for yourself and biz. If you are clear about what’s next for you, I’d love to hear about it. Send me an email or leave a comment on the blog and share all about it! Declaration is also an important step for stepping up and into something new!
In support of you,
PS – If you are ready to step it up and create something new in your Kids Yoga biz but need support in doing so, let’s chat. Depending on your needs, The Biz of Kids Yoga Mastermind and Private Mentorship are available for you and I’d love to tell you more. Simply, email me to set up a call time!
PPS – My community was so inspired by my “performance” they honored me with a shower of rose petals. Made it all worth it!