I am going to go out on a limb here and say that I have set a goal to do a yoga headstand by year’s end. I’ve been going to this class regularly for over a year and when the teacher takes us through a practice to prepare for a headstand my thought has always been: not me, I can’t do that.
Until the other day when he said: If you practice this move every day for 3 weeks I promise you you’ll get to step 1.
That changed my thinking entirely. All of a sudden it seems possible. If I practice this move he’s given me every day for 3 weeks he tells me I’ll be able to get to the first step of a headstand. Not that I’ll be able to do a headstand, but that I’ll get to the first position.
So I’m doing it. I’m practicing everyday. Just 5-10 minutes on this one move, developing this first set of upper back muscles to support me. It feels kind of lame in a way because I don’t try to do the headstand and fall, but before I even attempt to do it he is having me build the muscles I need to support me so that I don’t fall over and end up in a wheelchair.
Why should you care about this?
Because it is exactly what you need to do in order to create different results in your life. You start with a vision of what you want, it can be super specific like a headstand or it can be more general like confidence or clarity. This is the easy part, we can all rattle off a list of thing that would make our lives better.
Learning is not doing.
Next you need to figure out how to get there. A word of caution: it’s one thing to learn about how to do something and it’s quite another to apply the learning. So for example I can read books about how to do a headstand but until I start practicing nothing is going to change.
This is where a lot of us let go of our goal because we allow confusion or overwhelm to get in the way. We give in to thoughts of, I don’t know how; this isn’t working; this is too hard; I’m confused. But if you want to create a different result you are going to have to let go of the thoughts that get in the way.
Most of us aren’t even aware we are thinking things that don’t serve us so first you need to start to noticing and identify thinking that doesn’t support your new goal. This isn’t working, I don’t know how, this is too hard, are all just ways of saying you don’t want to put in the effort to figure out what will work.
Not giving in to old ways of thinking is the secret ingredient to change.
If I held on to my thought, not me, I can’t do that, I would never even begin to practice for my headstand.
The results you get in your life correlate directly with the effort you make. So if you walk 5 miles 5 times a week you’ll get a certain result, but if you change it up, add some hills, or sprints, or wear weights, you’ll get a different result.
When you run on auto-pilot, when you stick to a routine, when you don’t push yourself, you are maintaining your status-quo. If you want different results you’ll need different input.
The input is what you think, it’s your thoughts. What you think is what you get.
If you want something different in your life you need to start thinking about it differently.
I’ll report back on my headstand progress.
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