To create ease in a yoga posture, you must create a stable foundation.
Without a firm foundation in yoga postures, you will be unable to achieve the fullest expression of the posture for yourself and you may fall down, or, even worse, become injured.
To create ease in your business, it is imperative to have a stable foundation as well.
Only with a strong foundation will you be able to fully express your gifts through your business. But most of us want to skip to the "good stuff": helping as many people as we can, generating clients, marketing, and creating products. We don't want to plan and prepare... it's boring. (and a little bit scary)
But the sexy "expressing" part of our business will be wobbly, and might even crumble, if we don't have the structure underneath to support it.
Do you know what your income has been in 2010? Was it what you intended at the beginning of the year? What about your expenses? Do you have ways for people to hang out with you that feel authentic on a free level, a low cost level and a premium level? Do your offers line up with your greater vision for your life and your business?
To know where you are going, it's essential to know where you've been and where you are.
Being able to answer these kinds of questions easily is how we ground ourselves in our business. A regular habit of reflection and planning our action, combined with strong systems and structures, leads to a natural expression of our gifts so we can truly be in service to our people.
When we are grounded in our systems and we honor the need for structure, we create ease in our business.
When we are grounded and we are at ease in our business we are clear. We know our strategy. And we know exactly what action we need to take next and we know that we have the structure to support our vision. It's not a one shot deal either -- we are checking in with our business on a regular basis.
It may seem early, but, now -- in the calm before the end of year storm -- is the perfect time to reflect, with compassion and honesty, on 2010 and begin to look forward and create a plan for 2011.
With just a few questions, you can get started.
- What worked in 2010?
- What didn't work?
- What do I want to let go of moving forward and what do I want more of in 2011?
- Is the foundation of my business wobbly? Are lack of systems keeping me from being at ease and growing my business?
- Do I have solid routines that keep me happy and healthy so I can nourish my business?
- Is a lack of grounding keeping me from expressing myself fully in your business?
Set aside some time for yourself in the coming days to reflect on the past year and create a vision for 2011. Take a look at the weak spots in your foundation. Be ruthlessly compassionate in your honesty with yourself. To be at ease requires a great effort, but it is well worth it.
Namasté to you, business yoginis!