Last week, I was inspired to discuss goals and actually putting in the work to reach them. Many of us either want to lose weight, get a new job, become healthier, get into grad school, and the list goes on and on. But how many of us are actually taking the appropriate steps to reach them?
When I graduated from my 200 hours yoga teacher training, I went to my gym where I train and told them "I want my own class". I was so naive and assumed that since I worked there; I would just be given a class. Nope.
I had to wait for when the classes were changing for the season, apply for a teaching position, audition, and thankfully I was hired. If you saw my Instagram post last week, now I have my own TRX and Hatha Class!
I made the same mistake that many people make; I wished for it to happen and unfortunately that is not how life works. Anything you want in life, you must for work for.
Now that I have my own yoga class, does that mean that I can slack off? No. Now, I have to continue my daily practice so that I when I step in front of my class (I love the sound of that) the asanas are so organic to me that I don't have to do it with them and can walk around and assist my students.
Recently I set a goal that I wanted to become stronger and lean out. I started to watch my macros and reached out to two friends to keep me accountable. My macros were on track and I was increasing the weight of my workouts. I was seeing great results and then I started the "I deserve this treat" mentality and the results started to slow down and then they completely halted. I had to sit down and reevaluate what I truly wanted and thankfully I was able to get myself back on track.
I am not saying you have to be perfect but I am saying that you can't expect the results you want for the work you don't do. It is normal to have slip ups but don't let them derail you...it will not be easy but it will be worth it.
Below I discuss more about this topic and also why the term "Yoga Chitta Vritti Nirodahah" can help you achieve your goals.