If you do what you have always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. - Tony Robbins
These words so simple, but so very powerful. How many times in my life have I committed to something and so quickly given up. Given up too soon because the situation was uncomfortable,, to painful, or the anxiety was too much to handle! If only during those times I had understood that those feelings were just vibrations in my body, that as uncomfortable as they are, I would survive. Not only would I survive but from the experience I would thrive. That whether I was successful in my actions, ultimately did not matter, but what did, was that I could learn and grow from the experience.
The human experience is 50% good and 50% not good. I fully believe this. This knowledge gave me freedom to experience all of life, knowing that this is how it should be. That everything in my life I will not love or enjoy, but by allowing myself to feel the uncomfortable, the awkward, the messiness, I also am given the opportunity to feel joy, happiness, and bliss. If all feelings in our lives are just vibrations, we must ask ourselves why are so many of us so afraid to feel. Knowing that vibrations always pass, and we always survive. If we will survive, and it will pass, why not welcome all of these feelings, knowing that in the end we will always learn something, we will grow in some way.
To commit to growth for me means to be willing to do hard work. Especially around myself and my own beliefs. To dive deep into understanding the inner workings of my mind. In yoga we call this Svadhyaya (self-study). Svadhyaya is the fourth niyama in the Pantajal’is Yoga Sutras. The Niyamas are the second limb in the eight limbs of yoga. The Niyamas are the doorway to deeper states of mediation they are internal practices to help bring one closer to the state of bliss. The practice of these internal observances is essential in the growth of a yogi, and in my opinion the growth of any human who is seeking to live a big life. In mindset coaching this is called self-inquiry; the deep investigation of the mind. As a yogi and a practitioner of mindset coaching I am committed to a daily practice of self-inquiry(self-study). My biggest goal in life is to live big, to experience all of life fully, to have no regrets.
As I continue to explore the inner workings of my mind, I am amazed and astonished with how incredible the mind is. I chose to study the inner workings of my mind so I can understand my thoughts, and how they affect my feelings, and how together these affect the actions I take in my life. It is from this understanding that I am able to take back my power, and be the director in the story of my life. For me to commit to growth means to commit to having a deeper understanding of myself so I can show up big in my life full self expression. I can set goals that excite me, fire me up inside, make me feel alive inside. I can see from my own thinking I can chose to limit myself, I can take myself out, or I can be willing to take risks, to grow, to fail knowing that even if I am not successful, I gave it my all, and from that I will grow. To commit to growth is be willing to feel everything. Failure, embarrassment, fear, love, joy, and bliss.
How often do you hold yourself back from doing something that excites you? What is possible if you give up your own limiting beliefs? Would you take more chances in your life? Would you take more risks? What if you gave up the belief that in order to be successful you had to get everything right, that you could fail?
When I gave up this belief I opened up space for pain and suffering, for failure, but I have also created space for joy, excitement, and growth.
What do you chose?