How to define success in your yoga business instead of focusing on what others think is successful

I talk a lot about creating the thriving yoga business of your dreams, and I mean it - but I want to dissect this a bit today.

Last week on the podcast I talked with Owen about peak performance, and I asked you to consider what success and peak performance looks like for you in your life and your business.

There’s one word that I really want you to clue in on in this phrase: YOUR.

YOUR life.

YOUR business.

I want you to create the thriving yoga business of YOUR dreams, not someone else’s dreams.

Not someone else’s version of success. YOUR version of success.

That’s what we’re talking about today: Your version of success and how to define it and stay focused on that when there’s so much noise from other people talking about their success.

Are you ready, my friend? I hope you are, because I’m super excited about this topic!

Yoga Business Pep Talk: YOUR Version of Success

Today we’re talking about YOUR version of success, so we have to get our mind right before we dig into this. And that’s what I’m here for - to help get this conversation going for you.

First and foremost, let’s talk about how many versions of success there are. As many people who are living on this planet, that’s how many definitions of success there are. There isn’t just one.

Success doesn’t mean a 6-figure everyone.
Success doesn’t mean owning a everyone.
Success doesn’t mean working 3 days a everyone.

You get the point here: Success CAN mean these things, but it doesn’t have to. The problem is that we see so many people’s version of success online and it can often start to shape our own version of success.

Now before we go any further, I do not want to hate on social media here. We all know there’s pros and cons for social media, but when it comes to success, it’s often that we see “look at me and the success I have” type posts on social media that can then make us think that’s what success looks like.

When in reality, my version of success is going to look different than yours, and yours is going to look different than your friends. So what we have to do is understand what success means for ourselves and stay grounded in that definition.

**This was also a podcast episode (episode #120). Use the player below if you'd prefer to listen to this message.

How to Discover What Your Version of Success Really Is

I’ve got a few options for you on this one because there really isn’t a one-size-fits-all here.

Option 1: Step back to get clarity

This version takes a bit of time, but can be super helpful if you’re feeling stuck with your idea of success. This is where you step back from consuming for a bit. No social media, no emails, etc.

You step back from all of then noise and journal what success looks like for you. Ask yourself every day: “What is success for me in my life and my business?" Ask yourself and answer that question every day for 5, 10, 15 days. And see what comes up for you. Do you write the same thing every day or does it vary?

By stepping back from seeing other people’s version of success, you can start to get clear on your own.

Option 2: The airport test

The "airport test" is one of my favorite options and I learned about it from my dear friend Shannon Crow. She asks herself this every year and it helps her set goals for the upcoming year. It’s super fun and I now use this every year too. Here’s how it works:

Close your eyes and imagine this: You’re in an airport five years from now and you run into a friend. That friend asks you “How are things?” and you respond with "Everything is amazing. My life is great, I’m happy, healthy and couldn’t ask for more."

Now open your eyes and either write down or say it out loud and record it: What would make you say that sentence? If you are truly raving about how things are going in your life, what would they look like? Feel like? Sound like?

I would encourage you to write down as much detail as humanly possible for this exercise.

What clothes are you wearing?
what smells do you smell?
What car are you driving or not driving?
Where do you live?
How much are you working?
How much are you traveling?

You get the point here - write it or say it all. This is just for you and there is no right or wrong answer. But what you learn from this is what you dream your life to look like. Yes, this is a dream, but dreaming is how you know what you can aim for.

Option 3: The press release

The "press release" is another one I’ve done and it’s so neat to see what happens with this.