Freelance translators are entrepreneurs and business people whether they like it or not. Being an entrepreneur can be challenging, especially when we have to get out of our comfort zone. I practice Baptiste Power Yoga, mostly to destress and get some exercise, but Yoga can also be applied in about entrepreneurship. People who have taken classes by Baron Baptiste are urged to “Be a Yes”, i.e. to think you can and to get out of your comfort zone. This is very important when running your own business. If you want to develop and grow, you have to “Be a Yes”, you have to take risks and chances and believe in yourself. Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right!
Each yoga class I am also urged to set an intention for the practice. This reminds me to set an intention for my translation business too. What do I want to achieve? In business terms it is also called “goal setting”, but for some reason it is easier to think of and practice through yoga. Another lesson that Baron Baptiste and his teachers are sharing is to accept your situation as it is right now. You are in a perfect place right now. If we can do that, then it is easier to develop, than if we feel disappointed in ourselves, or in our situation, and criticize ourselves or our business situation.
OK, enough rambling about yoga. I just had to share how yoga has helped me in my translation business. Namaste!