What's up and Namaste to my Yogi's, my sisters, my brothers, and all my conscious entrepreneurs out there working to make their passion their paycheck. I am Adi Shakti , the six-figure yogi, and I have been send to elevate and empower you. I bridge the gap between old school big business secrets and your new paradigm creation. Consider me your hippie business strategist and your new best friend. Be sure to head over to sixfigureyogi.com for your free online marketing and conscious business growth e-course with yours truly. Grab your kombutcha, turn down your grateful dead and get ready to take notes.
Namaste and welcome, this is Adi Shakti, the six figure yogi, and we are full swing here in Costa Rica with our two hundred hour yoga teach training and self-empowerment course. I have twenty students here that I've been working with over the last week and we still have two weeks left and it's just been an incredible journey. I can't even begin to put it into words. You have so much powerful release and togetherness and developing unconditional love and really beginning to look deeply into our patterns and how we can start to pull away the layers of these things that we have in our lives that are holding us back from our ability to really experience bliss, and so my focus has really been there.
I think that a lot of you can really relate to that, because as yoga teachers, or as wellness professionals, we have this passion, this burning passion within us, and it can be super challenging to switch it from being in this very divine inspiration realm of connecting with your students, of offering your services, of being present and fully with them, and then also kind of having this peace of "okay, but how is it that I'm able to expand my impact? How is it that I'm able to really get this message out into the world through the business?"
I just wanted to let you guys know that it's challenging for me sitting here in front of the microphone today to switch back into this realm with you guys but I have a great question and I want to feature that today.
This comes from Trista and it says, "Hi, thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. It has always been a daunting thought for me to step up and start running a yoga business because it's hard to know where to even begin, but you've really broke it down into bite-sized chunks, so thanks again. I think the biggest obstacle I face now is to leave the secure job that I have and take a leap into this world. I know in your e-mails you're always a cheerleader here for us, and it's great to access the content, but I'm wondering if you have any other advice to take the plunge and do it? I know it's what I'm meant to do, but holy, it's scary to leave the comfort and security behind. If you have any words of wisdom, that would be amazing. Thanks so much. So much love to you, Trista."
Thank you so much for reaching out, Trista, and I totally, totally, totally get that. It's a super valid question and I want to talk a little bit about kind of what my journey looked like. What happened was I was working full time for someone else and I kind of finally decided that I wanted to move into entrepreneurship, and there was this slow progression before I left where I was starting to build my audience, and really started to plan and think about what it is that I wanted my vision to look like. I was working full time for somebody else and also developing my ideas for what my future would look like on the side.
My husband and I, we got married. We both quit our jobs the week before we got married, actually. We got married in September, it'll be two years here this September. Very, very shortly after we got married, we took a couple of months to kind of transition and get ready and we were saving, of course so that we were able to do that. Then we moved down to Costa Rica.
In moving to Costa Rica and living here, we're really blessed in that our cost of living is not high, and so I was taking the risk of moving into entrepreneurship, but I was also doing it keeping in mind that my cost of living would be low, and so that's one of the things that's really made it an easier transition for us and so I was really able to go for it.
We also don't have children, and we don't have a lot of these other factors. I don't want to say that doing this is easy, or that doing this is for everyone, but I think that those of you listening, I would assume that those of you who are listening are listening because you really have this burning desire, and so I don't think that the path that I've chosen is for everyone. It's important that we have other systems in our economy in place, and there is a place for everyone to offer whatever it is that they're passionate about to keep everything moving, and so that will look differently for everyone.
I'm a huge component of the freedom lifestyle, of the mobile lifestyle, because that's really what lights me up and really what I want. Some people crave more stability. Some people can't handle the stress of the unending to-do list, or the very fluid ins and outs of the cash flow, and so it's not for everyone. I think that you writing interest, you know in your heart that this is exactly what it is that you need to be doing, and so what I recommend that you do if you decide that this is for sure the direction that you want to head in, the first thing that you need to do is just decide and commit that you're going to do it.
For my husband and I the first step there was to make a date. Okay, this is the date that we are going to transition into this, and then back from that date, I was able to look at how much time I had to really start to build my list, to start to build my social media, to start to build all of these things while I still had the support from an outside organization.
That's how most people start their businesses, I think, is that they have a full time job, they're using and saving some of that money to start to invest back into their dream life, and so just picking that date and starting to make it real on the calendar is really the first step in starting to make this a reality for yourself.
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Welcome back, this is Adi Shakti, the six figure yogi. Once you have the date on the calendar, there is a lot of different preparation. Maybe it is that you need to downgrade your living situation. Maybe it is that you need to move. We actually moved out of the United States to make this a reality, and having a lower cost of living and knowing that we could actually live with less really gave us the peace of mind to know that if it didn't go as well as I had initially planned, that we would still have the money and have what we needed to be able to continue to support ourselves.
I've been so very blessed in my business that we really did take off from the very beginning. There's absolutely days where it's still financially stressful or the ins and outs and the ups and downs are something that I'm very much still getting used to in my business as this is only my second full fiscal year, but as I've shared with you guys, we were able to do six figures that first year and we did it because I really committed to building and starting having a list and a vision and a website and all of these things before I actually completely cut myself off from my previous employer.
We still have a wonderful relationship and I'm still open to working with them and it really was a conversation with them as well because the work that I did with them was still very heart-centered and heart-felt and I really honor everything that they do. It was just that my nature is to be my own boss, and so now we have more of a collaborative relationship where we work together on certain projects, but it's not a full time commitment for me all the time. Maybe with your job kind of depending of the nature, maybe you're switching more into a part time or if you have the relationship with your employer that you can kind of explain your dreams and explain what it is that you're wanting to move into, then you can have that conversation as well. It really comes from you knowing what it is that you're supposed to be doing.
I am young, I'm 27 years old. I don't have any children. I have a husband that supports me emotionally and so I really- my situation was very right for this opportunity to really dive into transformation and for diving into this lifestyle but I don't think that it is for everybody, as I've mentioned.
Trista, for you, it's just a matter of deciding it, deciding that it's what you want, to make sure that you have the systems around you that are going to support you emotionally, and putting it on the calendar, when is it that you are going to dive into this full time and how can you prepare, how can you simplify your life before that time to make sure that there is a margin of error. If things don't pick up as quickly as you'd hope right away that you are still able to continue to maintain your lifestyle.
For us that meant a lot of saving before. It did mean reaching out and finding credit cards and different things that ended up ultimately really supporting us in our business but there is a huge risk with all of these things and I don't recommend you know, that path necessarily for everyone.
I'm not sure, Trista, you didn't mention the line of work that you're in now, and so I think it's just a matter of deciding are you feeling like you are in your divine path? Are you feeling like you're doing exactly what it is that you're supposed to be doing? I know lots of single, or not single, rather, stay-at-home moms, for example that are being supported by their partners, or by their husbands that are home taking care of their children that are one hundred percent in line with that path. I know women that are executives that are super, super inspired by their ability to continue to impact politics or are really lit up by that kind of work and so that can be for someone as well. I know people that are very content putting in their forty hours a week and they're thrilled with that. They can go home and then they can spend their time with their family and they have their cheques coming in and so that might be the life for them.
I think it's just really a matter of committing and understanding and being aligned with exactly what it is that you're supposed to be doing here and then from that place, getting still and getting yourself space to clear, and then deciding when. When is this going to happen for you, and marking it on the calendar. I remember our date was September 1st. I still remember that date because it was so many months and so many freak out sessions and tears and times of excitement working up to that date, but that was the date. That was the date that we were going to take this plunge and there was a preparatory period, and then we went for it.
I've educated myself in all of the things that I'm sharing with you guys here, the online marketing, which is huge, and how to meaningfully connect with my clients, how to do all of these things, and at the same time working on myself and working on my art and really being in a position where I can provide incredible transformational experiences for people. Then they're sharing with their friends and it gets easier and then it starts to flow and it starts to grow that way. I'm at a place now where I don't have to put as much time or money into my online branding, onto my online marketing because I'm getting this word of mouth now.
It does become easier but it's like this first initial boom where you're educating the market and you're getting people on your team and that kind of pushing the boulder up the hill is the hardest part and that's what is it early and that's where there's that huge financial risk and you haven't seen the cycles of your income throughout the year and it can be really, really stressful but that time, if you could push through that time, or at least in my experience, which is the only thing that I can speak on, is that it's totally, totally, totally worth it.
I was sitting out there this morning. I got up at five, and it was pouring down rain and I got on my motorcycle and I went to the yoga platform and I sit down before twenty eager students overlooking the Caribbean ocean and the jungle, all the jungle noises, and I'm sitting there and I'm seeing all of them and their eyes are closed and they have this soft smile on their face, and I'm teaching them [inaudible 00:13:06], I'm teaching them [inaudible 00:13:08], I'm teaching them philosophy, I'm teaching them all of the tools that have enriched my life so much, and it's like, yes, this is why. This is worth it. I'm in the heat of it now and I'm so incredibly honored and humbled.
The work that we do is just incredible. I have such an incredible team and we're just watching people sob and allow their trauma to come to the surface and really working on allowing it to be loved fully and this is what I'm here for, but all of this business strategy and all of these things that I've had to develop, really, it's the vehicle, it's the tool that I have, right, to really get my message on to the world. You're right on, Trista, on listening in and educating yourself on how to package your offering and to take the leap you really, really have to have your heart aligned with it. You have to be willing to sacrifice. You have to be willing to really make your business your spiritual practice.
There will be all different sorts of problems and different things that come up and it will constantly test your ability to stay calm, to stay connected, to stay still. It's an honor for me in that way to work with my business as a spiritual practice and so I just wanted to share that with you Trista, with all of you listening, I hope that some of that was helpful.
Just listen in and determine what it is that makes you feel the most alive, and for me that is facilitating transformation and the only way that I could do that meaningfully and the way that I wanted was to start my own company and so because I getting started in businessknew that I wanted to do that, therefore I needed to educate myself on online marketing. Therefore I needed a team. Therefore I needed financing. Therefore I needed to leave my job. Therefore all of those other things, but it's really determining that why and sitting with that why that is going to be the foundation and it's what is going to pull you through on those days that it is challenging.
Thank you so much for writing in, Trista, for all of you at home that are listening in, if you have any questions, any more specific questions, I love diving into the nitty gritties as well, on Facebook, or any other sorts of tools that you guys are using to get your message out there, just send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org. The time of this recording is June 19th and I am in session, so I'm not responding to e-mails super quickly right now, but I will be transitioning back out here in a couple of weeks so be patient with me as I give my attention, my love, and my care to my students. That is my top priority and I'd be super happy to record some answers to any other questions that you guys have when the time is right for me.
Thank you so much for listening in, I'm Adi Shakti, the six figure yogi and I will see you next time. Thank you so much for empowering me to be a part of your journey to abundance. My work is to be of service fully and completely and that would not be possible without you trusting and letting me in. Be sure to head over to sixfigureyogi.com for your free online marketing and conscious business growth e-course. You've got this. I believe in you and I'll see you next time. Namaste.