It's All in Your Mind
I've been thinking a lot this week about the power of our thoughts. So, in case you hadn't heard, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 108 YEARS! Kinda a big deal....
And while I'm not a Cubs fan, I am super happy for the team, the fans, and the city. This victory has been a long time coming and I have always been amazed at how loyal and determined Cubs fans are. I mean, here's a team, who for years has (to put it mildly) sucked! And still, the fans believed in them. Crazy, right?
BUT....they believed and refused to give up on their team and finally, FINALLY all the right pieces came together and these guys WON!!! Now, I'm not saying that the steadfast belief of the fans was the magic ingredient....but....I am saying that the collective belief of that many people over many, many years was powerful.
Our thoughts have power. Just think about it for a moment....have you ever felt inadequate, not good/smart/pretty/fill-in-your-own enough? No matter how much you prepare for that interview, study for that exam, commit that speech to memory....if you believe you will fail, there's a very good chance you might. Conversely, if you prepare for that interview, study for that exam, commit that speech to memory...and visualize yourself being successful and believe THAT, there's a very good chance you will.
This is not a novel concept. Athletes have been using visualization for years. According to this New York Times article, (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/23/sports/olympics/olympians-use-imagery-as-mental-training.html) successful visualization techniques must include every aspect of the actual competition, up to and including the visceral sensation of the air on one's face. The details are important to manifesting success.
So how does this apply to you? Maybe you're just starting out in your yoga practice. Can't touch your toes, forget about a handstand! Commit to your practice. Set aside some time every day to do what you CAN do, right now...today. Does the floor seem miles away right now when you fold forward? Use the blocks to bring the floor up to you. Over time, you can adjust the height of the blocks until one day, your fingertips might connect....even for a moment. Progress! Imagine yourself getting stronger and more flexible while you continue doing what your body is capable of now. Baby steps.....
Off the mat? What limiting beliefs are challenging you right now? Fear? Insecurity? Feeling stuck in behaviors that are not serving you? What would it look like ( and more importantly, what would it FEEL like) if you were brave, confident, ready to release those things that don't serve you? Get specific! Make it fun....what are you wearing? what shoes do you have on? how is your hair styled? did you just have a fabulous meal? cup of coffee? dessert? where are you? In your mind's eye, imagine what you can see from this new powerful place. What are you looking at? the beach? a sunset? your beloved? Get creative! How does it feel to be the person you dream of becoming?
This, too, can become a daily practice. Carve out 10 minutes (or more!) every day to let your imagination run wild. We knew how to do this intuitively when we were children. Remember? Ask any child what they want to be when they grow up and you will find answers without any limitations. Astronaut, President, Olympic athlete.
How does it feel to be the person you dream of becoming?
Can't wait to hear from you in the comments section below.