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4 Ways To Stay Motivated to Grow Your Yoga Business

Everyone loses steam at some point. Our business-savvy yoga experts have tips to keep your career on track.

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How do I stay motivated to continue learning and growing my business? —Julie

Karen + Justin’s Response:

We all have days when we feel like we are out of creativity and juice to keep on going. Sometimes all we need is a little break, a quick vacation, or some time out doing something else until the inspiration comes back. The issue is when stalling drags on for weeks or months or when we swing from super focused and active to not creating anything new at all. To avoid this, we have to establish some routines so that we can bring ourselves back to center more quickly. And, let’s be clear: Being inspired without acting on your ideas is not the same as being motivated, which means taking the idea and moving it forward.

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WATCH: 4-Step Process to Keep Moving Forward

We have a four-step process to keep us and our teams motivated.

1. Take baby steps every day.

This is very simple, yet largely overlooked by many. Opt to taking baby steps every day rather than preparing for the one BIG step someday in the future. Every day ask yourself: What are the one or two or three things I can without a doubt complete today? This way of thinking eliminates the “not-yet” or “someday-soon” syndrome that provokes the feeling of stagnation. Commit to small steps and integrity to your commitments, and soon enough you will see yourself getting more done than you ever imagined. This level of self-commitment requires that you check in on what matters most that day.

2. Form or join a mastermind group.

This is another super-critical motivational tool: Find a group of like-minded individuals who share some common interests with you. Meet this group weekly, bi-weekly, or at least monthly. Mastermind groups are great way to learn new things as you help others and others help you. You may find that some of your mentors or teachers have lead mastermind groups. Join them. It is money well spent if it provides you with new tools, new insights, and a sense of collective support.

Plus, two more tips in the video.

We have two more tips and talk about these strategies in greater detail on our video. Stay moving forward.

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Justin Michael Williams is a vibrant public speaker, musician, and successful yoga instructor who travels the globe training the conscious community to thrive in marketing, media, and business. He has spearheaded the marketing development and social media of over 150 brands, both large and small, including, Sianna Sherman, Ashley Turner, Noah Mazé, and more. He is also the Co-Founder of the Business of Yoga, LLC and hosts Yoga Business Retreats around the world, helping yoga teachers flourish in business. By using his expertise to coach individuals and nonprofits, Justin works to spread positivity and inspire change throughout the social web. See more at


Karen Mozes is a successful entrepreneur, executive and life coach, and leadership expert. She brings to the world of transformational coaching, writing and public speaking her many years of dedicated studies and application in the fields of science, eastern philosophy, teaching and yoga. With several years of work experience in the corporate world and then as a principal at a sustainability consulting firm, Karen is uniquely suited to coach in business management, communication techniques and team leadership. Karen has created and successfully applied her own coaching programs, the Cinco Method (for entrepreneurs) and Team Climate Change (for design teams) across a wide range of sectors and company sizes. Karen is also the co-founder of the Business of Yoga LLC and its popular program, the Yoga Business Retreat. For more, visit