Last week my PiYo class had 3 people in it, THREE. One of them was my mother-in-law. To say that I came home bummed was an understatement. I ate my feelings away when I pulled in the drive-thru of McDonald's and ordered a double cheeseburger with a small fry. I came home and laid my head on Jimmy, boo-hooing about my small class. When he wouldn't indulge my clearly overreaction I stomped off to bed and went to sleep.
I mean talk about a big baby.
I woke up the next day with a new perspective on things, thankfully.
The weather was bad that day, freezing cold, snow on the ground. The other classes at my studio had been half their size as well so I know it wasn't just me. No one likes to get out of their warm houses to come out in the freezing weather to work out, I get it. That's where I come in and motivate them and encourage them and reward them for doing the hard thing.
The studio I'm at is new. Brand new, actually. And so am I. This is my first time teaching anything and so to expect the turn out of someone who's built a clientele is just unrealistic. I need to get my name out there and they will come. I believe that.
What is PiYo after all? A lot of people have never heard of this class. Yes they've heard of pilates. Yes they've heard of yoga. But PiYo? It's kind of a foreign language. So it's my job to educate them.
Instead of sitting around feeling sorry for myself I actually came up with productive ways to make the situation better. I looked at myself and what I could do to help things go my way next time. This is something I need to work on in all areas of my life, and I think Jimmy would agree.
What about you? How do you handle tough situations? What is your first reaction when things don't go your way?