One of the scariest things about going into business as a yoga teacher is putting yourself out there.
It means you have to be vulnerable. Be seen. And hope to be understood.
But it’s one of the most important things about business. Whether it’s by creating an Instagram presence, writing a blog, or sending emails to studios about teaching gigs, if you want to be successful in your yoga business, you will have to put yourself out there.
It’s just part of the job!
In this post, I’ll be sharing some ways to work through that fear of rejection as you navigate how to put yourself out there in your yoga business.
Your yoga business and your healing process are not separate
As it is in you, so it will be in your yoga business. If you struggle to open and be vulnerable in your personal life, of course your yoga business isn’t going to be any different! One of the things that I love so much about working for myself is how my business really facilitates my own healing process, and vice versa – how my own healing process supports my business! When I get triggered in my business by things like self-worth issues, competition, and money, I know that it’s time to look inward. To turn the eye on myself and do the deeper work to get to the roots of those things within me. When I tend to the issues within myself, they create a whole ripple effect through my life, not just my business!Look at this as an opportunity to work on healing your own wounds around being seen, self-acceptance, and vulnerability.
Self-acceptance is key
When we are afraid to put ourselves out there, typically it’s because we’re afraid to be seen. At the root of our fear of being seen is typically a lack of self-acceptance. If that rings true for you, that’s okay! There’s no need to judge yourself. But now you know, and now you can work on it.Here are some journaling questions to work through around self-acceptance:
- What parts of myself am I ashamed of?
- What about me do I feel like “If anyone knew this, they wouldn’t love me?”
- What were some moments in my life where I learned to hide parts of myself?
- What am I actually afraid of?
As you can see, the work is deep! To me, self-acceptance work is one of the most important things we can work through in this lifetime.
Working through the fear
One of my favorite ways to work through limiting beliefs and fears like the fear of rejection in putting yourself out there is with tapping! Tapping, or EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is a super simple but powerful technique that only takes a few minutes. You can tap on any belief or fear that doesn’t serve you to help you shift and release it. It works by tapping on specific energy meridian points in your body!Click here to learn all about tapping and how to do it!I recommend using this practice every day to work on shifting the belief until the belief doesn’t have weight anymore. Remember: working through fears like this will take time, and ultimately the way we heal them is by doing it and seeing that what we were scared of isn’t all that bad after all.
At the end of the day, it’s important to remember, you’re never alone. Anyone who has started their own business battles with fear and the vulnerability that comes with putting yourself out there! As I mentioned before, it’s just part of the job.
Is there another area within this that you need support? Comment below and we’ll start a discussion! Chances are, you’re not the only one!
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