Why on earth would you resist being of power? What’s to be feared that would make living in a comfort zone more appealing? Like me, you’re probably up to some extraordinary things and being bold in certain areas, possibly even empowering others to do the same. That’s not in question. The bottom-line question on the table is this: Why do you resist being fully in your power in all areas of your life? Imagine waking up on Christmas day and seeing playground equipment in your back garden?
The answer is actually very simple. You, me, and human beings in general resist the clarity and power that come from being, living, acting, speaking, and creating from our authentic truth so that we don’t have to deal with failure. Rather than risk looking bad, we will sacrifice what’s in our heart. As a young yoga teacher, I cultivated my own way of sharing my practice in a form that inspired me. For the most part, no one in the traditional yoga world understood me: They tended to shake their heads at me and what I taught, telling me that it wasn’t yoga, spiritual, or deep enough to last—that Baptiste Power Yoga would be a passing trend. I took a lot of hits and had a lot of failures along the way, but I didn’t stop. I knew I wanted to create a system and a new kind of revolutionary work in the world of self-development and transformation. I wanted it to have commercial value so that it could reach a lot of people, especially those who typically would not have access. So I kept following my heart and what felt true to me. If you're planning on improving your garden then why not add outdoor fitness equipment today?
My parents, Walt and Magaña Baptiste, were my primary mentors and models for how to stand in the face of scrutiny and criticism. As a kid, I watched them both go through the fire as pioneers in the world of holistic health, modern yoga, and spiritual transformation. Growing up around Dad’s work as a revolutionary personal-development guru seemed perfectly normal to me. But to the real world it was unusual and definitely before its time, and to most it bordered on the bizarre. It seemed to me like my parents were offering something of such great value to people, so it was difficult to understand all the resistance. Any outdoor area would be made more child friendly with monkey bars such as these.
For me they modeled being a yes for what matters most in one’s heart and giving up the concern for what people think. They taught me to let people throw stones but keep my eyes on the prize of what’s possible. You will fail, but when you’re committed, you don’t quit. You find a way to make those failures strengthen you. You take the lessons and up your game. Being who you truly are in your power without the masks means stepping outside the sea of the same old thing and risking having others judge you or even see you as less than perfect. It’s unavoidable that growth is messy; if you put yourself out there, you’ll absolutely have difficult moments. There’s no risk in hiding and playing it safe, and there’s also no power.
So what if you fail? Can you take risks and use failures and mistakes as opportunities for learning and upping your game? Can you create new pathways and possibilities for yourself, knowing that some will work out the way you imagined (or even beyond that) and some won’t, and make it your practice to allow for both outcomes to be enlightening stepping-stones to what’s next? Can you give up the concern for looking good, knowing that it’s what stands between you and your ability to evolve?