#054: 7 Serendipities from Struggles [Podcast]

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Growth means running towards resistance, using it as a compass, and embracing the struggles. In this week’s session of The DancePreneuring Studio, I share 7 Serendipities from Struggles.

Session Summary

  • Step to Success: A step to your success is anything that moves your life and business forward.  Whether it’s an app, a book or an idea, you can apply something today that can help you succeed.
    Reading is so important for personal growth.  Reading short meditations that align with your goals are very effective in keeping you focused.  I have declarations and meditations that I read every morning and evening. It sets the day on the right precedent and I end the day with positive things to ponder. I used to do this years ago, but didn’t see results from it because I didn’t know where to apply it. I don’t know why I thought magically just reciting words would manifest but there needs to be application to set these words in motion.  It’s one thing to be frustrated in not seeing results, but what can be more frustrating is not knowing the purpose of your action and application.
  • Dancer’s Dialect:  The Dancer’s Dialect is the the dancer’s language.  I share dance terminology and concepts across different genres so you can see the correlation in your life and in your business.  Today’s word in the Dancer’s Dialect is port de bras.
    Port de bras, in ballet, means carriage of the arms.   According to the American Ballet Theatre dictionary, the term port de bras has two meanings: (1) A movement or series of movements made by passing the arm or arms through various positions. The passage of the arms from one position to another constitutes a port de bras. (2) A term for a group of exercises designed to make the arms move gracefully and harmoniously.   In all of my years of ballet training, I was always taught to hold my back tightly engage the lats in my back, and extend the arms, but never, at least I don’t remember, not only about engaging your back to hold, but extending the energy out through the arms and finger tips.
  • Freestyle Flow: I am loving Thrive Market. It’s like an online Costco for healthy, organic items at a discount. I found out about Thrive Market from a friend and I finally did my first order. I loved how neatly everything was packaged, how quickly my order came, and the free item I got, which was a jar of coconut oil which was timely because I use that everyday.  The prices are comparable and less cipro 250 mg than what I normally pay for items I get so I thought why not. My second order  included reusable cups. I love free things. I also loved the packaging, it’s green and clean. And, I thought it was a cute touch on the packing slip that a handwritten thank you
    was written with a smiley face. It’s all the little things that make customers appreciate your company and come back for more.
  • Feature Presentation:  Struggles, we all have them right? That’s life and it’s a constant ebb and flow between struggles and victories.  I was thinking about this the other day and I have often said that as much as there have been things in my life that I hated going through, I wouldn’t change them because I’ve learned so much and I wouldn’t be here at this special moment in my life right now.  Here are 7 serendipities from struggles:
    1. There is always something to be learned.
    2. You learn that there is a difference between joy and happiness. Joy is internal, happiness results from circumstances, that can change at any minute.
    3. You get creative for solutions.  Here is a great article on finding solutions when you stop looking at the problem.
    4. You realize you are stronger than you think you are.  Norman Vincent Peale said the following: Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them.  You will find they haven’t half the strength you think they have.
    5. You gain greater appreciation for things that you might’ve taken for granted.  You are thankful for little things.
    6. You empathize with people who are also struggling and you become more relatable.
    7. You learn to live in day tight compartments because the present is all you have.  This concept is explained in the book “How To Stop Worrying and Start Living” by Dale Carnegie.  The strategy he outlines is as follows:
    1. Ask yourself, “What is the worst that can possibly happen?”
    2. Prepare to accept the worst.
    3. Try to improve on the worst.
    4. Remind yourself of the exorbitant price you can pay for worry in terms of your health.

Links to this Session:

Thrive Market

Entrepreneur.com Article

How To Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie

Question: What do you consider a serendipity from a struggle?

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About the author, Annett

Annett Bone is the creator and host of The DancePreneuring Studio where she guides her listeners on a journey of transformation inspired by dance, life, and business. The podcast is a reflection of her personal adventure overcoming her fears and returning to her passion for dance after a 20+ year hiatus, the lessons that she has learned along the way, and proving that it’s never too late to be great.

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