Friday afternoons, I take my daughter to Tai Kwan Do.
Before her class this week, the older kids were sparring. They had their full gear on, and they were paired up and fighting. The kids were working hard, focused. To be honest, it looked pretty disorganized and not very skillful to me – some punches and kicks landing, most, not.
As I continued to watch, the Master teacher called an end to the fighting. The pairs bowed to one another, and then they all said the most amazing thing.
“Thank you for teaching me to be better.”
Growing and building a business, like sparring, can look pretty messy and disorganized. The important mind-set to bring to the fight (so to speak) is an attitude of openness – what can this situation teach me? What feedback am I getting about my energy around my offers and services? What can I do with that feedback to bring more clarity and focus to what I’m doing?
Missing the mark is just information.
When there is fear and resistance and self-doubt or no one shows up to the dance…, I will say to my clients, “How wonderful that you are experiencing that! What is that here to teach you?”
Inevitably, the program wasn’t exactly what they wanted to offer, but what they thought they “should” offer. Or the fearful mind is trying to protect them from getting hurt (so we can just acknowledge it and take action anyway) and the self-doubt is just old baggage that is ready to be let go of.
No big deal. It’s just here to teach you to be better.
What is showing up in your business as your teacher right now? Get excited! Stay curious! And don’t forget to say thank you as you usher in the new and let go of the old.
Namasté to you, business yoginis!
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