Many years ago, I learned a powerful concept.... that everyone, and everything is our teacher. Good or bad, there are messages in everything we experience, and with everyone we meet. The key is to be open to the message. If you don't understand this concept, you will miss clues for success that are right in front of you....read on for some powerful messages....
Several months ago I was on vacation in Florida and was reintroduced to hula hooping at a drum circle on the beach. Hundreds of people come every Sunday night to drum the sun down on the beach. The play real and handmade drums...everything from children with their sandtoys, to older folks sitting and patting the sound on their knees, to millennials with beer kegs, and everyone in between. It's a massive gathering of so many diverse individuals. Many go in the middle of the circle and hula hoop, dance, juggle, etc. Quite a celebration!
I had made a new friend while there, that took me to the middle of the circle to hula hoop, which I hadn't done in about 40+ years, so saying I was awkward would be quite an understatement! I stayed out there and dropped it at least 100 times, over about 20 minutes. While I kept dropping it, I couldn't help think about how determined I was...I didn't care about the hundreds of people that might have thought I looked ridiculous. I just kept thinking, this can't be that hard, and I am going to stick with this until I get get it...even though my heart was pounding, I was sweating, and becoming exhausted.
When I came home, I decided to take this up as part of my exercise routine. The first week wasn't much better. I dropped it over and over and was huffing and puffing and could barely keep it going for 3 min. Clue #1 - I realized I was forcing it too much, and decided to relax, which helped immensely. Interesting...the less I forced it, the easier it became!
I then injured my neck and had to put it aside for a month. Clue #2 - this is where most people would give up.
I restarted a month later, and stayed at it for 5 min each day, even though I was still dropping it. Clue #3 - I was starting to make a bit of progress, because I didn't give up.
The second week was better, I was up to 10 min and not dropping it as much. Clue #3 - Sticking with something, although you are not getting the result, helps you figure out where you are steering wrong, and you can make corrections to improve.
The third week I increased to 12 min and was becoming more proficient. Clue #4 - The more you work at something and fix what wasn't working, the more you can focus on what is working....this is where things seem to just become easier.
The forth week, I increased to 15 min, and only dropped it once or twice during that whole time, barely broke a sweat and breathing was normal! Clue #5 - When you stick with something, you prove to yourself what you are capable of.
This has been a great experience and a powerful reminder of the lessons that are all around us that we can apply to running a business.
When you are first starting out in business, it can feel like you are a fish out of water, and you don't know what you are doing. You may feel like you are making mistakes. You may feel alone and to some extent feel like people are either not supporting you, or laughing at your idea. There will be times you question yourself, and feel like the road to success is too far. You may have something happen that would give you a perfect "excuse" to give up. You may be attempting to force the result, and learn that you need to relax and simply keep taking the actions, and make course corrections as you go.
This is all NORMAL and part of the PROCESS! The key is to keep pushing through, to keep believing in your dream, to keep finding solutions around what isn't working, to commit to the vision you have long term, and prove to yourself how capable you really are.
There is nothing like this feeling. It builds your self esteem, self worth, confidence, and personal satisfaction. I was fortunate to learn these things as an entrepreneur. However, the best part of learning powerful principles like this, is they don't just apply to business....I was able to use the same mindset to achieve my fitness goal, which of course is good for my health. Clue #6 - When you learn something that helps you improve the result in one area of life, it will also help you improve other areas of your life as well.
Debbie Ruston - Entrepreneur - International Trainer, Visionary Leader