A Conversation With Nikki Myers (& Why Failure Could Be The Best Thing That Happens To You)

by / Wednesday, 10 July 2013 / Published in business with heart, renovated heart

You have a dream, a desire, a wish.  You say the prayers.  You do the work you know to do.

And then bam!  Just like that, it seems, it all falls apart.  Some people would call it failure.

You bury your head in the sand, eat some ice cream (or numb out in your way-of-choice), and call all your best girlfriends.

Slowly but surely, the embers left in your heart from crashing and burning begin to come to life again.

You have a dream, a desire, a wish.  You say the prayers.  You do the work you know to do.

And then bam!  You crash and burn.  Again.

Marianne Williamson once wrote:  ”There’s only one despair worse than “God, I blew it.” — and that’s “God, I blew it.  Again.

Do this enough times, and you can begin to expect that the ‘Again’ is your destiny.

Do this enough times, and you can become sorely tempted to give up completely.

Don’t.  Because the truth is what looks like a failure is precisely the path to your purpose.

The One Thing We All Love

Everybody loves a redemption story.

It’s the universal theme.  It’s the hero’s story.  And every hero has to overcome their deepest, darkest parts of themselves to conquer the demons that stand in their path.

We love when the phoenix rises from the ashes.  We forget that the phoenix has to go through the ashes part of the story in order to rise.

Once you rise, you happen to notice that others are crashing and burning in the same ways you used to.  Once you rise, you can show them the pathway out.  Once you rise, you know who you are, what your purpose is, and get busy living it out.

You move forward with a heightened sense of grace, and the knowledge that any future failure is just more wisdom on it’s way.

A True Phoenix

Nikki Myers is a nationally recognized yoga instructor and founder of Y12SR.

After living it herself, she has built a program that reaches out and changes the lives of others.  After finding her path through relapse, she’s created a relapse prevention program that sets others free.  She’s got a fierce purpose.  And it shines through.



Most recently, she’s been featured in Origin Magazine alongside Seane Corn, Melody Moore, Terri Cooper,  AND (as Nikki put it)…..Robert Freakin’ Redford.



Check out my conversation with Nikki below and find out what a difference having a strong sense of ‘why’ behind what you do matters — as well as the importance of key questions that keep you motivated and moving in the right direction.





Feel free to share in the comments below…..Where are you in your hero’s journey?  What looked like failure in your past that turned out to be the purpose or strength in your life — or in your work?  What key question are you using to propel yourself forward?  And don’t forget to sign up for the newsletter for future interviews to spark your courage, ignite your greatness, and build your business and brand with heart and soul.


4 Responses to “A Conversation With Nikki Myers (& Why Failure Could Be The Best Thing That Happens To You)”

  1. Jemme says :

    Wonderful interview

  2. Never mind failures; they are quite natural, they are the beauty of life–these failures. What would life be without them? It would not be worth having if it were not for struggles. Where would be the poetry of life? Never mind the struggles, the mistakes. I never heard a cow tell a lie, but it is only a cow—never a man. So never mind these failures, these little backslidings; hold the ideal a thousand times; and if you fail a thousand times, make the attempt once more.

    ~ Swami Vivekananda

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