Physical Game vs Mental Game Of Business



Imagine for a moment you are leading a yoga class. This class is full, like really packed full. There are 30 people in your class and that’s normal. Each week you lead 8 yoga classes just like this one; packed with appreciative practitioners.

Is this your fantasy? Is it your reality? If it is not yet a reality, it could be. And you don’t have to have an advanced certification to experience this reality.

The Games We Play.

The journey to having your classes full and your yoga business profitable starts with learning to play these two games well: 1) the Physical Game of business, and 2) the Mental Game of business.

Your physical game consists of physical concrete elements such as structures, systems, processes – specific, tangible elements that cause your business and you to run effectively.

Let’s take a look at a few examples of what these basic structure, systems, and process are.

1) A Calendar schedule with:

  • Blocked time you are teaching classes.
  • Blocked time for working on your marketing, finances and other business related actions.
  • Blocked time for personal stuff.

2) A Business and Personal Budget

3) A tracking system for Key Performance Indicators

4) An Intake form

All yoga teaching enterprises need an intake form for new students to fill out. This intake form should include(but not be limited to) the following elements:

  • Contact information.
  • Injury waiver.
  • Client/Student Goals.

5) Marketing plan which should include your:

  • Referral structures and system.
  • Structures and systems for consistently staying in touch with your customers, current and past.
  • Processes for building alliance relationships with other business owners.
  • A time line for when to do consistently execute your marketing actions.

6) A Sales System and Process

These represent just a few of the elements in your physical game. How many of them do you have in place? How many of them are you consistently executing on?

Now let’s discuss your Mental game. This can be the most elusive since it is conceptual and has more to do with your everyday “way-of-being” than anything you do or say. However, your mental game is perhaps the most important game. It has to do with how you think, how you react to things happening around you such as breakdowns, roadblocks or other people’s reactions.  How is your…

  • Confidence
  • Self-Worth
  • Belief in attaining success
  • Commitment
  • Patience
  • Persistence
  • Consistency
  • Discipline
  • Integrity
  • Clarity
  • Focus

I often ask my clients this question: “Are you a match to who you want to be?” If you want to be a successful and profitable yoga business owner, what ways of being, or personal characteristics would have you be a match to that reality? The above are all important aspects of you that will have a huge impact on how successful you can be.

So do an inventory check-in with yourself.  How many of the above attributes do you have? Are you being confident or are you letting your lack of confidence hold you back? Are you being committed or is your lack of commitment keeping opportunities from showing up? Are you being focused? Or, are you being scattered with your time and attention on too many things and constantly shifting form this thing to that?

If your mental game is so important to your success, what areas could use improving? Awareness is the first step to transforming yourself to being a match to the reality of thriving, full classes.  

Working with these two games is a continual and ongoing process for business owners. We are continuously playing these two games when being effective and operating a thriving yoga business. That’s one reason why it can be so fun. And if it’s not fun, take a look at your mental game.


If you’d like more support, I also invite you to give us a call at Metro Yoga, 1-877-239-0340, or visit our website at  We love helping business owners and teachers in this field, and we have a lot of free services and products to help you.

Abundant Living: The Yoga Professionals Guide to Earning $100,000 a Year is a free 59-page downloadable guide that teaches you the fundamentals of starting and operating a successful yoga business. You will learn:

• The Concept of Profit
• The Physical Game VS Mental Game of Business
• How to Make an Inventory of your Skills
• How to Design a Yoga Business Plan for Success
• How to Market your Yoga Business and Attract New Clients
• How to Manage Your Cash Flow

To download your free copy, just click on this link, Yoga Business Guide.

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