Sunday, July 19, 2009

Lesson #4 Bikram Yoga & MLM

#4. Just Keep Breathing.

When going into some of the more challenging yoga poses, such as back bends or the triangle pose, many students have a tendency to hold their breath, me included. It's just what the body wants to do until the difficulty is over.

We have to be reminded to breathe. To work through the pose, to go deeper into our work, to be in the present moment, we have to be reminded to breathe. Keep breathing.

It reminds me of the movie, "Finding Nemo", where Nemo's father is paralyzed by fear of the unknown. Dori, his friend, takes him by the fin and says, 'just keep swimming'. She repeats it and sings a song about it as they, together, venture off into the deep, dark unknown.

These sayings keep people moving and help people stay in the present. If I start thinking about taking on the entire pose or entire yoga session all at once, I get overwhelmed. I start thinking about how hot and humid the room really is, how crowded the studio is, and how many more poses we have left, it becomes absolutely overwhelming.

Same with my home candle business. If I start thinking about updating my site, what continual SEO work needs to be done, contacting new opportunity thinkers, preparing my tools, reading new material, working on self-development, and more..well, it can be absolutely paralyzing. It's too much to take on at once.

That's when I take a breath. I stop, break things down, and take it one item at a time. One pose at a time. In al-anon, they say, 'first things first'.

When new people come into the business, they tend to want to take it all on at once. And that's understandable! It's an exciting time, it's fun, and new, and we all want to get on it as quickly as possible, wanting to build that business right now.

But, it can also become daunting and overwhelming.....if we let it. The average person only last three months or so in Network Marketing. The Yoga studio where I go offers a 30 day package for very little. They want someone to come for at least 30 days in order to make a decision about whether bikram yoga is for them or not. Most only come a few times and then stop.

If, as we approach the yoga session, or the home business, we think about everything we have to accomplish at once, we have a tendency to stop and become overwhelmed, and then nothing gets done.

Especially if results aren't immediate.

With yoga and network marketing, it takes time to see the long term results. Yes, there can be some immediate results. However, for the most part, it takes a while to see the long term results.

And this is where it's important to keep breathing. Keep swimming. Just keep breathing. Breathe through the challenging times. Just keep swimming.

And slowly, but surely, you'll see the results you've been looking, wanting, and working towards. You'll be able to take on everything. Just not all at once.

Stay with it. Keep breathing and just keep swimming...


1 comment:

Patti said...

Wonderful post! I'm at that stage in my business right now. I want to do so much, try so many things, that I'm pinging around like a ball in a pinball machine. LOL

Thanks for the reminder to "keep swimming" "keep breathing".