The practice of resilience. How to start using it today?

In our previous article we introduced resilience and explained how crucial this can be in the life of every entrepreneur and business professional. Now, how can we develop this and incorporate it in all areas of our lives? Each of us can use more resilience in any part of our day, at work, on the go and at home, and here is a way to do this.

Pause, step back and breathe.

It is easy to bit ourself up for a situation, a project or a conversation in which we met a dead end. Although it is now past and done, we can still feel the tension and stress in our body. Our mind replays all the things that could have been said or done differently and we attribute fault awards to everyone involved in the show. Say you missed your tram this morning and are running late for an important meeting. Your are now reviewing the scene, blaming yourself and your cat for everything that went wrong the same morning: from snoozing the alarm to spilling coffee on your shirt; to forgetting to feed the said cat and having to get back in to do so, etc… Now how useful is this dramatic replay to help you go forward? Are you choosing to spoil your valuable time and energy on this or can you wipe off the table and make room for new solutions, for instance getting yourself a uber or calling a colleague to inform about your 5min delay in a sound and calm voice? 

Take a moment to step out mentally of the replay and breathe deeply, preferably in your belly. You can trick your system into reminding yourself that you are safe and that this experience was not the end of the world, whatever its outcome, simply by breathing in your abdomen. You will find yourself free and relax to respond in a better and more constructive way, whatever happened before.

You can trick your system into reminding yourself that you are safe and that this experience was not the end of the world.

Flip the switch from self-loathing to resourcefulness.

The place and set up are the same, the only element that changes is your perspective on this situation. If you replay the faults and guilt related to a past situation that went wrong, indulging your negative self-talk and your inner-critic to rule your thoughts, you are unconsciously choosing to maintain your level of stress. Mentally and physiologically speaking. Just notice how your shallow breath and tensions in your body directly translate and manifest this state of mind. Now you have the choice and as you breathe deeply and allow your all system to calm down, you can feel how tension releases, how this feeling of stress reduces itself naturally. Your mind is slowly uncluttering itself from the negative clouds and allows you to think and see clearly for new solutions and resourceful ways to act upon the present situation. Instead of running around on your way to this meeting and arriving out of breath, confused and tense, you can calm yourself down while waiting for the next tram and use these few minutes to visualise yourself entering the meeting room with calm, poise and confidence.

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The art of resilience. Why you need more of it in your business life.

Last week, I attended the Startup Grind event held in Zurich and just like in the last editions, we got the audience relaxed and ready for the fireside chat with a REAL LIFE YOGA session. What keeps me coming back to each event is this wonderful capacity for resilience and optimism I can feel and recognise in each and every guest who has been interviewed. Resilience is a quality worth sharing and experiencing, whether you are in the entrepreneurial or corporate world. So if you haven’t already, make sure you join us for the next Startup Grind to experience what resilience is all about.

Resilience helps you to sustain a doer's mindset.

I am consciously not naming it “entrepreneurial” mindset, because this capacity to take action, over an over again without doubting that everything you undertake is worth trying, is a trait that should be fostered in the corporate world. Whatever ecosystem you work in, you’ll achieve much more if you let yourself the chance to try and learn at ever single step.

It reminds you of how serious or not you ought to take things.

You do not have to be a zen master, nor an advance meditation practitioner or yogi to detach yourself from the outcome of projects and business ideas. Just remind yourself that each task in your daily business life is worth being conducted with care and attention. Give it a chance and the best you can. This is realistically speaking all you can do and influence, the rest is out of your reach, so why blaming or stressing yourself and others?

Remind yourself that each task in your daily business life is worth being conducted with care and attention.

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It helps you take responsibility.

Knowing what is your role and scope of action, what are the elements you can act upon and what you can make out of them - all of this falls into your responsibility. Knowing this, you can take full ownership of your decisions. Something didn’t work out although you gave your best? Well, you have learnt and can do better next time, or try it a bit differently. End of the story. Resilience is powerful tool for a sustainable business life and will keep you in the right place. One of a responsible and creative doer, enthusiastic learner and resourceful human being.

Resilience is powerful tool for a sustainable business life and will keep you in the right place.


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The yoga tips I used for my first broadcast interview.

I was delighted and honoured to give my first broadcast interview about REAL LIFE YOGA and to discuss why awareness and simple methods to manage stress more sustainably directly at work, are so crucial today more than ever before in the corporate world. And since my job is to coach business professionals to be at their best, no matter what challenges they face, I used some of my yoga tips as I prepared myself to speak in front of their cameras. This is what I gladly share with you today.

Breathe, any way you need. Because breathing is such an amazing and powerful tool to use anytime and anywhere you like, I have implemented different breathing techniques in my mental and physiological preparation: as a wrote my notes, as I was waiting before entering the recording studio or even incognito in the make up room. Depending on how you would typically feel before such an exciting opportunity, you may want to use just one or several of the techniques I have described below. As always, be aware of how you and your body feel first to know what you need in this very situation.

Breathe out to clear your mind.

As you prepare your speech or your notes and want to make sure that you do not forget any important points there, use this breathing technique to clear your mind and focus better. For this, exhale forcefully through the nose while pulling your abdomen inward. The inhale remains passive so only focus on exhaling and moving your belly in at the same time. Repeat 30 times, exhaling once or twice per second.

Breathe inside your belly to calm down.

When you feel the peak of anxiety rising up, your heart pumping in your chest and your heart beat resonating in your head, take a moment to breathe in your belly. Put your right hand on your lower abdomen and take a few deep breaths here. By doing so, you will trigger a relaxation response in your nervous system and be able to calm yourself down within a few seconds.

Breathe forcefully to be alert and ready.

Do you want to share your message with confidence and conviction? Do you want to make a powerful impression with all the energy and presence you have within you? Then breathe in and out through the nose forcefully and at a faster rhythm (one complete breath within a second). As you do so, really make sure that you inhale and exhale as much air as you can in each of these short breaths. It should feel like you are pumping the air in and out of your system. Do this for 20 times and you will notice a great buzz of energy going through the body up to the head. Now you are fully awake and ready to roll.

 

Try these breathing methods and let me know how it goes for you. Do you need further guidance? Then reach out for a 30 min discovery call. Together we can take a closer look at the challenge you face in your business life and find the rights methods to help you handle them with calm and power.

It is all in the mindset! And this applies to being an entrepreneur.

As I launched REAL LIFE YOGA almost a year ago, I did not realise that this made me an entrepreneur. What does it actually mean to be an entrepreneur and how do you make that big step in the unknown? There is one great reality about the startup scene that I would like to share: it is a vibrant, inspiring and amazingly humbling ecosystem. From exchanging with a great amount of fellow startup owners and advising others who are just finding their way into entrepreneurship, I gathered following tips that will help you in your journey.

Put yourself out, today!

Your website, logo and business cards do not have to be perfect for you to start talking about your business so do not hide behind them. Believe me, they will change so the longer you take them as an excuse to stay shy, the more time and inputs you will miss on. And even though thanks to my background in advertising I had a fair idea on how to brand myself, I still made a complete rebranding after 6 months and changed my website already 3 times within the first year. So why stress and worry about your logo? Do not wait, things change and your brand will as well. 

Although I come from advertising, I made a complete rebranding after 6 months and changed my website already 3 times within the first year.

Getting in front of the camera was one of my biggest challenges as a business owner. Now I know I can & I love it! Location: @Kosmos in Zurich

Getting in front of the camera was one of my biggest challenges as a business owner. Now I know I can & I love it! Location: @Kosmos in Zurich

Be ready to network.

A big part of being your own boss and your own brand is that events become a crucial part of your new business life. Attend events about entrepreneurship and any topic related to what you offer or to what you could use and learn for your activity. Get your self-confidence on and speak to people. If you exchange with other startup owners, great! You can learn from their experience, grow your network and build up cooperation or bartering opportunities. And if you end up booking yourself up every evening of the week, you will most probably know that you have had enough inputs for now.

Pitch pitch and pitch.

Talk to potential clients and to other entrepreneurs. Pitching allows you to refine your service, to gain clarity on the problem you are aiming to solve with your business and to iterate on the solution you are providing. But even further than that, ask for feedback, see how people react, notice how you feel when you talk about your service and become very conscious of what you say and how you say it. Beyond the strategic adjustment, pitching is a wonderful self-growth exercise because you will be face darker parts of your self and limiting beliefs that are holding you back. So use your pitch as a wonderful chance to work on your business as a business owner and on your Self as an individual.

Pitching is a wonderful self-growth exercise. You will face darker parts of your self and limiting beliefs that are holding you back.

Take action and if you don’t know how, then find out.

What helped me the most to act as an entrepreneur and to understand what it takes, was to take part in competitions and listen to talks from entrepreneurs such as in Startup Weekends, Startup Days or Startup Grind events. They are the best mental training I could think of and in the end, you are your own business coach, so you better spend time with people and in environments that take you to the top of your capacities. These will lift you up with positive energy and driven people, will allow you to shift your mindset and learn key methods to live differently your business: go out, pitch, validate, exit perfection, try, fail and learn. Over and over again. Of course, do not forget breathing in between.

Spend time with people and in environments that take you to the top of your capacities.

Do you know that you already have all the resources you need within yourself to start your own business, feeling calm and empowered no matter what? Sign up for a free 30min discovery call and let me show you how you can learn to use your breath and simple movements to help you in any challenging situation!

From zero blog articles to 100... why challenges work!

Why are 30 or even 100 day-challenges so useful? Is it the best way to fight procrastination and to finally get the motivation to take action in a consistent manner? My 100-day challenge is not a yoga challenge, it is about blogging and here is why and how I do it. 

Today is day number 4 of my 100-day blog challenge. For a yoga coach and teacher, you might ask, why a blog challenge? Because of all the to-dos and communication channels I wished to use to spread my message, blog articles are the ones I always kept pushing back to later. So I wanted to rid myself from all the excuses I had found until now and take the time instead to share my inspiration and yoga methods for the business life, every single morning for 100 days. From the most effective stress management techniques at work to practical relaxation tips, from sharing my own experience as a business coach to providing guidance for self-empowerment, the topics are manifolds and there will be plenty of room for inspiration and discussion.

Every single time I mentioned writing blog articles, I was confronted with my own limiting self-beliefs.

Facing the reason behind procrastination.

Let’s face it, there are at least two reasons why we keep putting things off to later. Either they scare you out or they are not that important to your eyes. Writing and sharing was important to me, the proof: it kept coming back to me as soon as I pushed it away. Every single time I talked about new parts of my business I wished to investigate, here it was reminding me that yes, I still haven’t gathered the courage to put it into action. Every single time I mentioned writing blog articles, I was confronted with my own limiting self-beliefs.

And this is exactly why a challenge comes in so handy:

- it forces you to confront your inner-critic with a daily ultimatum

- it helps you build competence and confidence at a new task because you work on it every single day 

- it shifts your attitude from thinking (and eventually wining or complaining at yourself) to doing. How better could this feel?

- it is a powerful self-growth tool. Imagine the mental and emotional shifts that happen when you start proving your inner-critic wrong by taking action. You literally move from a state of victim from your own self-limiting beliefs to a state of powerful and confident actor in your life. If this seems like too much of a step for you, having a partner and friends who will not indulge you playing the self-inflicted victim record is a great help. If you don’t have them yet, make sure you get them in your life or find yourself an accountability buddy or even a coach.

Imagine the mental and emotional shifts that happen when you start proving your inner-critic wrong by taking action.

Taking time is crucial.

For every new habit you wish to incorporate into the real life and not just in your imagination, you have to take time for it. Because hoping to “find “ time somewhere in your schedule that is already full or attempting to “trade” time is not going to do the trick. Early enough, your brain and gut feeling will want to revolt against the item you left out of the agenda and will switch on your inner-critic and distraction mechanisms to send you back to good hold habits that are more compatible with your comfort-zone (remember we talked about that one yesterday?) 

Creating a new ritual.

Waking up earlier was the most sensitive thing for me to do. Think about miracle morning and testimonials of great entrepreneurs who could invest all their creative juice into their company as they woke up before anybody else and could thus work on growing their business before daily business and imperatives kick in. For me it meant getting up a 5:00 am. I used to wake up at 6:30 am everyday for my yoga and meditation practice and I was definitely not going to question or shorten this ritual for another one. So here you go, I get up even earlier and by the time my article is written and online, I am just in time to roll out my mat. Right now it is 6:19 am, good morning everyone!