Just how Enterprising are you?
My life has changed so much since I opened my own studio, moving from the peripatetic church hall model that I am sure many of you are running. It has changed at an even quicker pace since I decided, rather than owning more of my own studios, I preferred to franchise to share the abundance of our yoga studio model with other like-minded people.
My enterprising nature has always been to take the original calculated risk and grow. For me, it was a no brainer because I believe both in myself and the amazing healing practices of yoga and see their increasing relevance in todays society. However I have been surprised since franchising, just how many more of you have the same dreams and entrepreneurial spirit too. I am blessed!
Most importantly I realise I am not alone, even less so since our first pioneering franchisee Louise Tonge, opened her own Sandstone studio recently and has made a roaring success of it. She shows all the trademark qualities you look for in business owners such as being self-motivated & client-focussed. Believe it or not, enterprise is not about lots of debt, sleepless nights & worry about paying the bills. Enterprise is actually very yogic. Its about harnessing your deepest desires and turning them into creative proven methods that allow you to fulfil your mission. Fulfilling your dharma is possible with precise planning and support.
I have just been asked to speak to over 30 women who are all thinking of taking the plunge and becoming their own boss. This is part of the email request I received:
I told myself I would like to meet you as a colleague was gushing about how talented and hardworking you are. I am organising an event to encourage women to start their own businesses and I immediately thought of you. We need inspirational women and I would like to hear your story about how and why you started this entrepreneurial journey. And the joys and the tears too. I am sure it will be fascinating.
Wow – so now there are many more of you wanting this for yourself: the true freedom that comes from being in control of your own destiny. My day has just been made! Honestly you can all do it. Anything is possible & everyone has to start somewhere, right?
So what does it mean to be “enterprising”? Here I explore a few of the standard ideas and relate them to my path & hopefully yours too:
Enterprise Thought 1: Showing initiative, seeing opportunities and taking advantage of them, and being able to adapt. Initiative for me is all about seeing where the opportunities are and positioning myself so I can take advantage of them. Many people see opportunities, but do they really capitalise on them? Being creative in ways no one else has been and being unique is something you can tap into in a unique way through your yoga business.
Enterprise Thought 2: Having drive, determination, persistence and passion. There is a great TED Talk on how passion backed by persistence equals GRIT. Watch it if you can. This GRIT is not the type of work that keeps you awake at night with worry but a relentless focus on living a passionate life and being able to overcome the inevitable hurdles. We all have obstacles but the ability to overcome is a key factor in enterprise.
Enterprise Thought 3: Being ready to embark on new ventures. This is a mindset and facing new challenges and releasing old thought patterns and situations that no longer serve us is key for enterprise. Nothing turns out exactly as we thought but clinging onto the old for fear of the new will trap us forever in non-supportive situations. Remove the old to make way for the emerging and you may just find you are ready for the exciting journey ahead.
Enterprise Thought 4: Having the courage to be creative. Your business is an extension of you in many ways so what do you want to put out there? You will need courage to see things differently, courage to go against the crowd, courage to take a different approach, courage to stand alone if you have to. Meditation helps you to tap into a stream of inner knowing and boosts your self-belief too.
Finally I like this concept by Jim Rohn:
“An enterprising person is one who comes across a pile of scrap metal and sees the making of a wonderful sculpture. An enterprising person is one who drives through an old decrepit part of town and sees a new housing development. An enterprising person is one who sees opportunity in all areas of life.
If this resonates with you, as it does with me, then you may well have that entrepreneurial flame inside. It is cool to be enterprising, cool to be creative, cool to have courage, cool to make decisions and for me it is cool to help others on their entrepreneurial journey with the mission of sharing the benefits of yoga as our joint passion.
Michelle is a Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals, the Director of the Sandstone Teacher Training Academy and the Founder of Sandstone Yoga & Pilates, a studio franchise model accredited with the British Franchise Association. Sandstoneyoga.co.uk
“Your success in life does not altogether depend on ability and training. It also depends on your determination to grasp opportunities that are presented to you. Opportunities in life come by creation, not by chance” Paramhansa Yogananda