Whether you are seeking to improve your meditation or yoga practice, achieve career or athletic goals, or finally dedicate time to your creative pursuits, your mind-state will determine your success and enjoyment. Success depends on passion, dedication, and a little luck thrown in, but excelling at anything has a lot to do with you inner state.
Your inner state is more than your attitude, although it includes that. It’s also a subjective feeling of what it is like to be you. We can do the same task to the same level of “success” whether we are bored or energized, irritated or calm, positive or negative. However, to excel, for the purposes of this blog, means to bring bright, open, creative, calm energy to your pursuits.
Challenge limiting thoughts and beliefs
Our limiting beliefs are the most damaging to our success. Sabotaging self talk, or inner doubt that goes unchallenged, is probably the biggest hurdle for most people. To really address limiting beliefs, some degree of mindfulness must be cultivated. Think of yourself as a sleuth for a day, tracking down and bringing to light any and every negative thought.
Keep in mind, it isn’t bad to have negative thoughts! It’s only harmful to have undetected negative thoughts. You can’t change what you can’t even notice. Once limiting beliefs are discovered, challenge them in a loving way. Or, if an emotion comes up around the belief, spend a reflective moment holding space to feel, then release.
Let go of a timeline
Nothing great happens overnight. All truly great accomplishments happen with commitment, dedication, and in their own time. Your timeline isn’t the same as someone else’s. Allow yourself the respectful attitude of letting your goals unfold on their own timeline.
A better indicator of progress is how much quality time you are devoting to your dream (i.e. one solid, focused, impassioned hour is better than twelve distracted, bored, and exhausted hours). Another indicator is how much you are willing to work in the face of hardship (i.e. one distracted, bored, and exhausted hour is better than zero hours.) Always look for the positive.
Curve balls are guaranteed. The only choice when faced with resistance and setback (which are inevitable) is to choose an attitude that allows for a future.
Be bold, in boldness is genius
Let go of any thoughts like: it’s too late, you should have, but you didn’t so why not just give up. If not now then when? Why not put yourself out there. What is the worst that can happen? Is it worse than never trying or giving up? Life isn’t safe, it’s an adventure.
Whatever it is you desire to accomplish, if you are willing to do even a little inner work, you will excel. Maybe that won’t look exactly as you envision now, but if you embrace each day, anything can happen!
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