Eight years ago, my husband, Ben Link, and I were traveling throughout Southeast Asia–exploring some of the world’s most enriching, interesting, and spiritual cultures. We found ourselves mimicking a broken record in regards to our conversations, “Wouldn’t this be so cool to bring back to Columbus?” “I wish Columbus had this.” “I would move back home in a heartbeat if we had X, Y, or Z.” After extensive travel, we finally decided to stop complaining about Columbus and wishing it had the things it simply didn’t have, and we moved home to do something about it.
I have been practicing yoga since I was 12 years old, and when we moved back to Columbus eight years ago, I had five years of teaching experience. Through my practice and teaching around the globe, I began to notice a pattern–I felt most at home, peaceful, and ALIVE in the places, studios, villages, etc., where yoga was a lifestyle, not just purely for physical fitness and flexibility. The more we traveled, the more I witnessed the power of honoring the health of the whole being. This meant practicing the actual definition of yoga: to yolk, unite, connect, and come together. I couldn’t believe how powerful this practice was when it was no longer purely about physicality. As Columbus was growing through her mighty transitions (blowing the dam and awakening the river), so too was I from afar, and I couldn’t wait to bring the WHOLE practice of yoga back to the place that I have always called home.
Sharing this practice as a lifestyle lights me up from the inside out because the thing I am most passionate about is witnessing people living in a state of pure freedom, alive in their truth, deeply connected to the world around them and within them, and liberated from fear. But turning your passion into a successful business is tricky, though. Will you burn out quickly? If it becomes your livelihood, will you still enjoy it? What if it loses its spark??? What if you fail…
Here are my top three tips for turning your passion into a business and avoiding burnout:
It is vital to understand the power of an ecosystem. We as humans are designed to live as part of a whole; operating together as a village to bring peace and harmony to the world (or our businesses). Unfortunately, we live in a culture that glorifies busyness, even celebrated, and the more we have on our plates, the more respected we *think* we are by others. The reality is, this mentally couldn’t be farther from the truth. Each of us has unique talents, passions, and gifts. For our micro and macro ecosystems to work fluidly, we must honor what we’re good at, what comes naturally to us, and what lights us up.
If it is an absolute pain to crunch the numbers and takes up all of your precious time and energy, delegate that task. Find a partner that balances you out, hire people from the beginning who share your common interests but have different skillsets. If you have a brain filled with ideas and bursting with creativity but lack the knowledge on how to execute, bring someone onto your team from the beginning who is terrific at getting things done. If you lack organization skills, bring someone on who is organized and passionate about to-do lists. I could give 100 more examples, but the point is: Don’t feel like you have to do EVERYTHING just because this passion project is your baby. People want to help. People want to be a part of something. Not everyone is an idea person.
In any business, we must look to the skillset of others to help support our own skillset. If you spend your days doing things that you despise, even though the business is your passion, you will get burnt out and grow out of love with said passion. Create the necessary space within your business to focus on what you are good at and what lights you up.
Let Go of Fear
For me, the scariest thing about opening a new business was my fear of failure. However, I now know that fear of failure is irrational because fear is an illusion. The only truth we know for sure to be real in this world is the power of love, not fear. So, the quicker we can let go of the outcome or result of a business, the more we can bathe in the frequency of love, which, oddly enough, results in liberation and abundance. If you pour love into every aspect of your business, your business will be successful. It’s truly that simple. If we are forcing our business or role to be something it’s not, you will continuously feel blocked, like you can’t grow. Don’t let fear hold you back.
Money isn’t Everything… But it is Something…
At the end of the day, we want to make money to live the life we desire. But, when opening a business, one must consider the value of ENERGY and quality of life. As an entrepreneur, I continuously recognize money as energy. Because of my passion-fueled business, I have extremely flexible hours, I show up to work and get to do what I genuinely LOVE, and witness my clients experiencing the most profound transformations in their own lives every single day, which fills me with the purest joy. THAT, to me, is even more priceless than an actual dollar amount.
I could make triple what I currently make, but if I had to report to the same desk every day from 9-5, I know I would be completely drained and depleted based on my personality and passions. So, it is vital to take the time to sit down and ask yourself what you value most. One must realize that we end up spending most of our lives “at work,” and this is your life we’re talking about. At the end of the day, or at the end of this lifetime, do you want to look back and remember you were exhausted but had X amount of money, OR do you want to look back and remember a life well lived?
However, having said all of that, I also understand that we need money in order to survive and thrive on planet Earth. But, remind yourself that by delegating and letting go of fear, the exact financial circumstances you need will be supported if it comes from a genuine place of love. Your clients can feel your energy, whether you think they can or not. They can tell if the business feels off or is operating out of fear or if the business is confident in their truth because they are offering and serving up LOVE. All of this requires a deep state of trust, connectivity, and openness.
Delegate and let your people do what they’re best at, do not let fear hold you back, let your people do what they’re good at, and you focus on what you’re genuinely good at and make your quality of life a top priority. You have been gifted this unique passion for a specific reason- it lights you up because the world NEEDS it right now, so awaken to the frequency of LOVE and trust that you are meant to be here, your light is needed, and the world can’t wait to support you!
Learn more about Alee Link and Riverflow Yoga and Wellness by visiting https://www.riverflowyogacolumbus.com/.