Challenge Your Excuses

There's always something! The life of an entrepreneur is one in which problems always need solving. Regardless of the number of processes, checks and balances you establish, things will always happen to push your efforts outside of the intended state. I think a lot of moms can relate to this feeling too, as kids have constant needs that compete with their own and usually become prioritized. Living a balanced life while rocking professional goals is a shuffle for sure, and I am 100% guilty of choosing work over most things in life.  I truly believe that health is the basis of our being and core, yet I still struggle to maintain that balance, even as the owner of a health-related businesses.

I'll never forget my first week at Nike and transitioning into life at the Berm. It was like walking into a health heaven. Employees had access to two large sports facilities, and everyone was expected to take a break during the day to workout.  The job was essentially 9-5, but there were always extra hours, outside requests, and major projects to push through.  Balance was a challenge then as well, even with a wellness-focused work culture, but I didn't know how good I had it in comparison to what entrepreneurship would bring.

My transition out of Nike led me to owning my own business and opening a few Pure Barre studios.  Fitness studios!  Whoop whoop! That had to be a guarantee that health and fitness would be my life...right? I quickly learned that business is business, regardless of the industry, and that my mindset and personal makeup leave me susceptible to overwork.  There is a monkey on my back that feels very real to me; it's constantly telling me to push harder.  I feel seconds away from failure at any point, as if the rug will get pulled out from under me. This feeling has decreased a bit over time as I've settled into following my muse, but I don't like to get comfortable. As soon as you stop pushing, others catch up. You can and will drop to the bottom quickly.

This monkey on my back, pushing me, has really affected my consistency in regards to health and fitness.  I have allowed work to take over my life so many times. I can easily sacrifice a workout for work. The consequences of not working feel much more significant with having responsibility for so many staff members. I have to check myself on this often. I'm not someone that works more efficiently because I took an hour to workout.  It might mean better sleep, but it also means an added hour to my day. I'm fine with that added hour.  Where I suffer, is the urgency I feel with work related issues and tasks. It's part of my fire and determination to move forward at all times. So, what it essentially comes down to for me is asking: "Am I living up to my full potential?"

It takes a ton of responsibility to own our excuses in the areas of life where we are not performing to our potential, and everything in life comes with a consequence. Choosing to be "fairly fit" is an excuse for me. Yes, I can eat healthy enough, naturally look fit enough, kill it in business, consistently work on self development and honestly,  I am happy with that. But am I truly living my potential by being healthy and fit "enough"? The answer is obviously NO! There is nothing like admitting an excuse, even when it's a good one, and
creating a new challenge for yourself. When we own it, and take on
the challenge, we simply prove our strength to ourselves. We learn that our capacity is greater than we thought, and we can accomplish amazing things. I hope that you too can identify your own excuses and motivate yourself to live up to your potential, your muse...everything you were meant to be in this lifetime. Make it spectacular and leave nothing on the table.

Rashanna Moss
CEO, Moderna Muse
Owner, Pure Barre Austin

Working Silently

I’m not a religious person, but I was raised Catholic and attended Duchesne Academy of The Sacred Heart in Houston, TX.  The curriculum required religion class once a week and chapel was frequent as well.  I can’t recite bible verses, nor do I attend church, but as a child in that environment, I did understand that I was being taught valuable life lessons through an influential narrative.

For some reason, Matthew 6:5-6 made a huge impression on me and has translated in to my current life and work philosophy. “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others.  Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.  But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.  Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

This somehow shaped my perspective on work in general.  I remember when I started running as part of my tennis training, I would run in the dark - when other people weren’t out and up yet.  It was my time, my work and my responsibility to put the work in.  There’s something really special about climbing into my shell, connecting to my inspiration and working without interference from others.

Working when no one else can see you work can significantly impact an outsider’s view of you.  You might be perceived as lazy, uninvolved or “just lucky”.  But you aren’t here to satisfy other people…you are here to live your muse.  Your work will ultimately show in the results of your ventures. Strong results do not happen by osmosis.. You have to focus on letting go of the judgment and the need to prove yourself to others.  It’s impossible to conceptualize, plan and execute your work at a high level without retreating to do so.  

Musicians create some of the best works of art that inspire us.  They give us incredible shows that move our entire being, and we relive those moments when we hear our jam on the radio.  But those same musicians escape to the studio for months at a time to regroup and create another work of art in the studio…away from interference, media and unnecessary noise that could distract them from the ultimate goal of creating great music to sustain their careers.

Find your shell, your studio, and turn off the opinions of others.  Connect with your soul and crank out the good stuff.  Live your MUSE and let the world connect with your amazing creations.