by Jodh Kaur
Setting goals and making commitments to myself keeps me on track and moving forward. It’s the simple daily disciplines that keep me plugging into my goals each and every day.
For example, I love to run, but I have found registering for a race is the best motivation for me to run consistently and to challenge myself to run farther and harder each week. When I have that race on my calendar, I map out a training schedule and I stick to it no matter what. Likewise, I love Kundalini Yoga & Meditation, but it is my regular commitments to my 40/90/120/1000 day practices and my #forlife challenges that keeps me practicing daily and finding ways to use my practice in my life and in my teaching. Because of this commitment, I do not compromise completing my sadhana every single day.
It isn’t enough to just set a start date. We need a plan and commitment, rewards and consequences. We need to have skin in the game. Achieving the goal should mean something because we know it will really hurt if we fall short. It is this commitment to self and to our goal that keeps us moving forward when we are uncomfortable, tired, lazy, something comes up or we just have a case of the “Idontwannas.”
And the beauty is when we have discipline in one area of our lives, we develop the self-confidence and the knowing that we DO have discipline which means we CAN have discipline in all areas of life - with food, with money, relationships, fitness, our practice, with our time - even with Netflix!
Accountability helps too. Sharing your goal with someone means that person can help you hold the vision for you and your goal and will challenge you when those excuses start creeping in. One of my mentors says “excuses are self abuses” so be kind to yourself, share your goal with an ally, someone who will hold you accountable and not give you an easy out.
Finally, start today. There is no reason to wait until Monday or January 1. Kick start your 2019 with a week of discipline already under your belt.
I would love to hear your goal - what are you working on right now or what are you setting out to achieve for yourself in the next 3 months?
Kundalini Yoga Quotes:
“I’d never felt anything like it; it was just an opening of energy and a feeling of such liberation.” -Marika Bethel, owner, Glowing House