| 21 June 2018
The ancient philosophy
of Yoga has immense relevance even today. Most people know it as a form of
exercise that does wonders for the mind and body. Yet there’s more to it. Yoga
teachings can be applied to achieve success in various facets of life. Being Yoga
day today, a look at 4 principles of Yoga that could stand entrepreneurs in
good stead if practiced as a way of life…
Discipline: One of the most basic principles of Yoga is
discipline. Without it, there is no sustainable benefit that can be achieved.
This principle could be applied to any aspect of our lives and especially
entrepreneurship. Without discipline in every aspect of a business – be it
finance, operations, human relations, production – a company cannot function
seamlessly over the long run and achieve scale.
Perseverance and patience: To many, Yoga seems like a
slow approach to wellness, especially in this fast paced world. What they miss
is that it teaches patience and perseverance, two ingredients for success in
any era and any walk of life. Being an entrepreneur is always challenging; it
is so almost by definition. Having the ability to persevere in the face of
impediments and the patience to invest time and effort to achieve gains in the
future are strengths that distinguish a successful entrepreneur.
Make Balance a Priority: Anywell-structured Yoga practice includes poses
that strengthen balance. This is a sign of a strong core and enhances the
ability to conduct day-to-day tasks effortlessly. Ensuring physical, mental and
emotional balance in every aspect of life facilitates an un-interrupted
routine. Applying this principle to the workplace of an entrepreneur – in the
form of right-sizing, marker-checker processes, teamwork, etc. - ensures that
the firm is not faced with avoidable disruptions.
Synchronisation of the Body, Mind
and Spirit: The most
important lesson that Yoga teaches is that we are a product of three crucial
facets of our being - ourbody, mind and spirit. Paying attention to the
development of all three delivers the best results. The takeaway for successful
entrepreneurship is that success comes from harnessing the synergies that
emerge from aligning the basic activities of a business (the body) with
strategic direction (the mind) and vision (the spirit).