Where to start?

There’s always the burst of energy and enthusiasm when we decide it’s time to change. The truth is — Change that comes quickly, leaves quickly. We must be patient and allow ourselves the time to make a change, even if it is only one small thing a day. In my journey, it is almost every day that my ‘monkey brain’ starts the negative self-dialogue. Some days more than others and in the middle of my Yoga practice or before I even get on the yoga mat! This time we will try to do it differently, it’s our long-term health at stake.

There is plenty of studies that show that being clear and focused improves the likelihood of achieving our goals. This is the first of seven posts on ways to change your mindset.

1. Change your self-talk

Let’s start with trying to shut that monkey brain down. The conversations you have with yourself are a direct reflection of your mindset. If you are telling yourself;  ‘I can’t change my lifestyle to improve my health or I’m too set in my ways and too old to change‘, your thoughts will create your reality and your mindset will hold you back from making the changes you want. 

In Yoga, we can use a ‘Sankalpa’ (Sanskrit: संकल्प). It means an intention formed by the heart and mind — an affirmation, determination, or will. In practical terms a Sankalpa means a one-pointed resolve to focus both psychologically and philosophically on a specific goal.

It sounds cliché, but setting a clear intention will help you focus. Create one of your own or try; I have the inner resources I need to achieve my goals or I take one action every day toward achieving my goals.

Until next time… remember, be brilliant in everything you do!

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