Inspiration & Motivation: Daily Practices.
Lately, I have realised that in order for me to stay in a good work flow, I need to have some daily practices that keep me focused on my goals. I'm not sure about you, but I sometimes feel overwhelmed when I have a large task or life goal I want to accomplish. So one of the tools I have found to be really helpful is keeping a morning journal that helps me break down the steps I can take each day to accomplish this goal. As a new yoga teacher, or as a practioner of life, I think these are helpful habits in creating the life you want to live.
One of the other really cool things I learned recently is how much we create our own reality through what we choose to focus on from the sensory data. This is usually a subconscious process, and includes our expectations. However, I believe that the more we do these types of practices, the more we open our senses to receive in the cues of opportunities.
Step 1- Drop Into Flow
Each day, I try to do one thing to get into a mindset of creating. This is some kind of flow practice, which usually begins with a visualisation or meditation. I would recommend doing this by meditating on the feeling of accomplishing your goals or do an EFT practice on abundance (there's this guy named Brad Yates that has loads of free ones on YouTube). After this, I usually journal for a few minutes. I like to write a few things that I am grateful for, as this tends to drop me into sensations of prosperity and flow.
Step 2- Break Down Your Daily Goals
Next, I write about my big goal. This could be something like getting more yoga jobs, or transitioning into a new aspect of my career as a yoga teacher. And then I write about three tasks that I could accomplish that day to help me accomplish those goals. It could be as simple as research available community classes, research a new course, or rewrite my resume.
Keep these tasks achievable for that day. I find that I am not super great at recognising how much time things will take. And I am eager to bite off everything I can in one day. However, this has resulted in me losing momentum when I don't reach my daily goals. Treat these tasks like daily yoga practice. As my wise friend and mentor, Adele Kinghan, once said to me, a daily practice can be small... just 5 minutes a day!
Step 3- Prioritise Time With Yourself
The last thing I do each day is write down how I will spend time with myself each day. I do this to recharge my connection with myself. Especially when I am in work mode, I burn out more quickly when I don't recharge. Small breaks and self care feed this amazing fuel of creation.
I also wanted to share this epic quote with you as you embark on your own daily practices:
“There are two powerful fuels, two forces; motivation and inspiration. To be motivated you need to know what your motives are. Over time - and to sustain you through it - your motivation must become an inner energy; a 'motor' driving you forward, passionately, purposefully, wisely and compassionately... come what may, every day. Inspiration is an outer - worldly - energy that you breathe and draw in. It may come from many places, faces, spaces and stages - right across the ages. It is where nature, spirit, science, mind and time meet, dance, play and speak. It keeps you outward facing and life embracing. But you must be open-minded and open-hearted to first let it in and then let it out again. Together - blended, combined and re-entwined - motivation and inspiration bring connectivity, productivity, creativity and boundless possibilities that is not just 'self' serving but enriching to all humanity and societies...just as it should be.” ― Rasheed Ogunlaru