At the approach of a new year, many of us make resolutions. And often they are the same ones we made previously without having success.
When I think of the word resolution, it’s really RE-solution, usually another attempt at shedding bad habits.
We make resolutions because we want change. But intentional change can be painful. Nothing worth achieving is ever easy. Sticking with our yoga and meditation practice isn’t always easy or convenient. But a commitment to practice brings about long-lasting changes for the better. With a regular yoga and meditation practice, you’ll learn to discipline your mind and body. Little by little, you’ll notice yourself making better lifestyle choices. And you won’t need those pesky New Year’s resolutions.
What we do on a regular basis matters more than what we do once in a while. It’s consistency that matters. Little daily changes bring about big results. Think progress, not perfection.
The key is not to give up when you slip up.
Didn’t make it to yoga class? Practice Sun Salutations at home instead. And schedule your practice like it’s an appointment you can’t break.
Don’t have time for a thirty-minute meditation this morning? Try five minutes. And set your alarm a little earlier tomorrow.
Need additional inspiration? Try any of these three books:
Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results by Stephen Guise
Habit Stacking: 97 Small Life Changes That Take Five Minutes or Less by S.J. Scott
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and in Business by Charles Duhigg