There’s someone I have to introduce you to. Her story and her insights on marketing and radical self acceptance will rock your world AND your business.
Even if you only put 1 or 2 of her suggestions to work for you––you, your students/clients, and your business will have been greatly blessed because of it.
So… meet my friend Hillary Rubin.
She was all fashion and glam, rockin’ her cushy PR job at Prada in NYC when her world turned upside down after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
So what did she do?
She set off on a wellness quest that spanned the globe. After healing herself through yoga and radical self-acceptance (we’ll talk more about what that is in a sec), she became a certified Anusara® Yoga teacher and a Spiritual Life Design Coach. Today, she is symptom/medication-free and has dedicated her life to helping thousands of women achieve profound, unbridled freedom from trauma, abuse and disease.
I’ll brag more about Hillary at the bottom of this post and tell you how to get more from her (it’s ridiculous how gifted she is and what a wealth of knowledge she has to share), but for now, I’ll just give you the highlights so I can quickly turn it over to her and let you soak up the tips, tools and teachings she put together for you here.
The skinny on Hillary:
- She has a brilliant DVD out called Yoga Foundations.
- If you haven’t yet had the privilege of experiencing her profoundly popular Hillary’s Yoga Practice Podcast on iTunes, you’re in for a treat (plan that into your day TODAY!).
- She has been featured in:
- Yoga Journal,
- Fit Yoga,
- The Independent,
- LA Times,
- LA Yoga,
- Yoga International,
- The Los Angeles Times,
- Conscious Choices, & on
- Fit TV.
When you join us for Abundant Yogi LIVE this October, not only will you get to bliss out during a full 75 min. morning Yoga practice with Hillary, but you’ll get her insider scoop on Incorporating Radical Self-Acceptance So You Can Be An Even More Radical Entrepreneur.
Here’s a little taste on the topic to hold you over until then.
Radical Self Acceptance For Radical Entrepreneurs
3 Ways Your Biz Calls You to be Even More Radically Self-Accepting
In Collaboration with Hillary Rubin
I know what its like to fall in love with yoga and have my life transformed then want to help every single person that comes in my path. It’s energizing, exciting and you feel like a super hero because you are.
You get super excited to get classes and clients, lead retreats and teacher trainings, and have your name printed in a magazine. It all matters and helps you to get out there as the expert.
But then very quickly, you begin to learn that just being spiritual is not going to get you clients––you have to learn how to market yourself.
Hopefully, before too long, you start to embrace marketing, because you see that it’s a necessary skill to have and use if you’re going to reach the people you want to reach and make the difference you’re here to make. And in this way, you begin to see that marketing is part of your spiritual path.
Here are 3 ways to practice radical self acceptance in your business that will help bring you more of the radical clients, results, peace and FUN you want.[If you’re not a yoga teacher, that’s okay. Fill in your amazing gift to this planet here, because this includes you and your passions too!]
1. Be wary of your tagline (but be bold in sharing it once you find the right one).
At some point your tagline (similar to your elevator speech) will be “living you”. You’ll kinda grow into it… or become it. Realizing this should be a wake-up call, but in a good way. It will get you clear and on point.
What IS your tagline? Are you living up to it? Are you filling her shoes?
If this throws you off a bit, don’t worry. This is a good thing to look at.
If you don’t yet have a tagline, then take the time to get clear about your story, your offerings, what you are wanting to become, and how you want to make a difference in the world.
Wanting to make a difference in the world comes with being honest, radically honest. That kind of honesty will bring up fears, insecurities, and other obstacles that could snag you and seem to take you back a few steps. Be gentle with yourself––it’s scary to show your humanity and reveal the challenges you’ve been through. But that’s how you’ll make genuine connections with others who need your help… so be BOLD.
As you put your tagline out there, let yourself feel all of what you’re feeling, just don’t get caught up in it. Own your stories, struggles and breakthroughs, but stay present and keep your focus on helping others who want to cross the same bridges you’ve crossed.
If you are blogging, vlogging (video blogging), or writing an ebook, then know that the radical self acceptance required to courageously put yourself out there this way, will lead to profound spiritual growth.
Again, be radically bold with your message––live it, breathe it and open up to the magic that this kind of honesty has to offer you and others.
2. Expect the Unexpected
I am working on my first book and just about to finish my chapter on the Motivation Game. I was born with a fire beneath me. Motivation just comes easily to me. So I thought FOR SURE that chapter was going to be the easiest.
Guess again, it was the hardest!
There’s a part where I share about my mother’s passing when I was a teen. I reveal my deeply ingrained motivation (we’re talking cellular level) to live my life for more than myself and to break the chain of my lineage. Writing all of this opened up an old wound.
It showed me that I have more work to do. I almost got pulled into the monkey mind and gave up the whole project. I was gonna quit my book and everything else… then my body spoke.
And luckily, I listened. I felt into it, accepted it, and allowed it to expand.
My mind was prepared to push through but my soul was not. I paused. Listened to my ancestors cry.
Then instead of beating myself up and comparing myself to others, I remembered to choose RADICAL SELF ACCEPTANCE. I got through the sensation AND the chapter, the now the book continues on.
When you’re being bold sharing YOUR stories, and you get hit by an unexpected rush of “Oh shit, I can’t do this!”, stay curious. Be open to your process and allow it to surprise you. You never know where your next spurt of spiritual growth will come from. When you are ready to throw the towel in, listen to your soul first.
3. Live by example.
As I was re-closing the wound opened up by the Motivation Game chapter, I emailed my editor, agent, and team and let them know that I needed more time. I shared what was happening and gave myself the space to slow down, to feel and do less. It was not easy but what spiritual growth is?
Especially if you are a teacher, coach or leader, when you do this, you get so much further along. It’s counter-intuitive, but when we allow ourselves to process, heal, and stick to our spiritual journey, we thrive and have so much more to give to the world.
As leaders, it’s up to us to teach by example––to show others what to do when obstacles show up. We have to be the reminders that these obstacles are important, that they are here to help us grow, expand and become more of ourselves.
We never know what part of our business is going to show us the way to radical healing, love or self acceptance. But the longer we do our work, the more these opportunities show themselves to us. So expect them, be bold, and face them head on.
*Also… über important: Wait until the dust has settled, your lessons have been learned, and you’ve come out of your challenges on the other side BEFORE you go blasting your private business all over the place. Otherwise you risk dragging everyone through the mud with you, and they won’t benefit from that. Who needs more drama??
So be skilled in choosing your timing. Take the time to process and keep everything private until you’re back on track and better than ever before so you can share your experiences with others in a life enhancing way.
When you choose to practice radical self acceptance, YES, you will be on the edge with your soul. You’ll find it’s like walking on a tightrope at times, or being in a big ocean just floating along. But, you will become even better at business and your work, and because you’re being bold and REAL with people, you’ll stand out because you are courageously being more of you.
Amen to that.
Come see and hear more from Hillary at Abundant Yogi LIVE. And if she inspired you today, please let us know. Like the post, ask a question, or share what’s on your mind. We love hearing your point of view.
Have a beautiful week.
More on Hillary:
Hillary contributes to the Huffington Post and Origin magazine. She is now writing her first book to help women alchemize adversity into action, with the forward by Agape Founder Michael Bernard Beckwith.
Meet her face-to-face at Abundant Yogi LIVE.
Find her online at HillaryRubin.com and on Twitter at @hillaryrubin.
Boost your well being with a free gift from Hillary at http://www.hillaryrubin.com/gift.