How Yoga Helped Me Achieve My Goals

Prior to a few months ago, I never would have thought that an activity like yoga could help me to make important life changes. Yet just a few months ago, I began turning to yoga for not just a workout, – but as a way to minimize one of the more stressful times during my doctorate degree (preparing for my comprehensive exams!).

 

 

 

While yoga was in no way new to me, I suddenly felt that I was ready for a regular yoga routine, which turned out to be about three yoga sessions per week. In fact, this new routine was not difficult to commit to because after just a few yoga sessions I began to crave my yoga practice. I began to experience several benefits right away. First, I noticed that my internal reactions to stress, while quite normal in intensity, diminished vastly. It was like a loosening of a grip, or a process of being able to let go of any worries, trepidations, or over-attachments to my thoughts. It was not that I suddenly took my work less seriously, but I just lost the hasty reaction of allowing my mind to dig deeper into any negative thoughts.

 

 

A second basic benefit was that yoga presented me with a tangible time and place to go to when I was feeling crabby about my work or when I felt that sense of numbing boredom that would sometimes arise from working too much, on too many things. Doing a yoga practice allowed me to turn inward, a process that for me, doesn’t happen in any of my other vigorous workouts. If this turning inward process does occur, it is to a much smaller extent. Rather than being focused on my external world, regular yoga enabled me to withdraw, detach, and to focus on a calming place within that brought me a sense of equanimity. Some people had suggested to me that my “benefits” were due to exercise I was already doing at the time. However, I have spent a lifetime being a gym junkie, regular jogger and swimmer. I was already reaping the benefits of good str ess management from doing regular workouts of jogging, biking, and fitness classes 4-5 times a week. My new yoga routine however, presented me with an entirely new set of psychological benefits in addition to my regular fitness routines.

 

 

A third way yoga has been helpful to me is that it enabled me to become more intentional. My lifelong intention has always been to exercise first thing in the morning. Prior to my regular yoga practices, for the past several years, I’d intend on doing morning or early morning workouts, but either felt guilty for putting them before my work, or I would simply not have the motivation or energy upon waking to get up and exercise, first thing. Thus, I would usually exercise late afternoon or evening. The strange thing about the yoga was that suddenly, I was able to rise in the mornings, and somehow have the energy, or intentionality to follow through with exercising before my workday. While this might sound like a minor or trivial issue, it was a very pleasant surprise and addition to my lifestyle.  

 

 

A fourth benefit I experienced was a delightful shock. For many years I would talk about my desire to quit my addiction to coffee. I love coffee! However, I noticed over the years, tiny and subtle ways that I was becoming sensitive to my one, and sometimes two cups of daily coffee. I even read an entire book on the topic several years ago, but I think at some level I didn’t believe I could actually quit, or I believed that it would be too hard. Then, over the course of a few mornings, after my favourite cup of homemade coffee, I noticed that my head would hurt, I would become very fatigued, and feel unwell.  After a few days of this new awareness, one morning I spontaneously told myself that I was done with coffee. I was miraculously detached and withdrawn from my usual love affair with coffee. I was flabbergasted at how easy it was to suddenly not need, or want, my usual cup of coffee. It felt a bit like magic, but I’m telling you, this was no joke!  I attribute it to my yoga practice and the corresponding self-awareness, intentionality and energy that I gained from the practice. More than ever I became very in tune with the negative effects that coffee was having on me.

 

These are just a few of the ways in which yoga has helped me to achieve my goals and to make important life changes. The list of benefits is growing and soon I hope to share even more about my journey with yoga! I’m interested in hearing more about your own experiences with yoga and how it’s helped you to make changes in your life! Please write to me at allisonfoskett@live.ca

Allison Foskett

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An Infopreneur Woman in an Infopreneur World

An Infopreneur Woman in an Infopreneur World

The future is here, and it is all about information and technology. Yikes, even if that doesn’t necessarily sound like you, it very well could be. If you break it down and make it less technical and, well, dry sounding, you realize this could very well be your destiny we’re talking about here.

Infopreneurs are entrepreneurs who sell information and usually do it through online channels. In today’s world, that’s pretty important. In fact, it’s probably the most important business to be in. It is certainly the fastest growing, with demand still on the rise.

So how do you become one of those success stories?

  • Talk the talk – As you begin to break into having your own business selling information, make sure you present yourself as confident in all you do. Even if you have to fake it ’til you make it, you will eventually believe it.
  • Learn about networking – Social media networking isn’t just about liking a friend’s status on Facebook or “pinning” a cute pair of shoes on your “fashion” board on Pinterest. This is a great way to meet people that can help you expand your business; just make sure you are also willing to help them do the same.
  • Smart women know who they can rely on – At the end of the day no one is going to care about your business as much as you do, even if you are paying them. Remember to trust in yourself to get the important tasks done without overworking yourself. Too many people ignore their business and then blame others for it not taking off. Own it.

Also make sure to stay informed by reading books, such as mine, “How Smart Women Succeed as Infopreneurs,” to get more insight and crucial tips for becoming an infopreneur success.


Goal Setting or Life Settling – The Choice Is Yours

Goal Setting or Life Settling – The Choice Is Yours

You’ve probably heard the saying by Henry Ford, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, either way you’re right.” This is a little like that because you have a choice, and either way, one of them is going to happen. You can get busy with your goal setting and achievement or go ahead and settle for what life brings you.

When you think about it that way, it seems kind of silly, doesn’t it? You wouldn’t go through life letting other decisions be made for you, right? What you have for lunch, the next car you buy, or what you intend to wear to that next dinner party are not choices you would just let be made for you. In that case, why settle for what life decides to just deliver to you?

  • The only reason people often settle for accepting what life simply hands them is that it requires less effort.

Not only that, but some people actually tend to thrive on playing the victim role, and not accomplishing what you want in life can certainly make you feel like a victim. Okay, so everyone is human, and we all make mistakes; we can be forgiven for making a huge one like “life settling.” That is, until we are wise enough to wake up to this fact.

Now that you are hopefully aware of the fact that if you are not goal setting you are life settling, it’s time to put an end to making the wrong choice. Actually, it’s more like it’s time to stop letting the wrong choice be made for you. Get excited and motivated about goal setting and making major changes to your life by reading more of what I have to say in my book.

Entrepreneurial Quotes for Women

The Best Entrepreneurial quotes for women by Michael E. Gerber (author of Awakening the Entrepreneur Within).

 

The Awakening I’m describing is the flashpoint where the entrepreneur within comes awake with the sudden seeing of an opportunity that he had never seen before. -Michael E. Gerber

 


 

One is either ready for it or not – that insight, that amazing prescient realization, that, as I call it, sudden seeing. When it comes up roaring – when the sudden joyous light breaks through the thick clouds of your unknowing-be available, be open to it. -Michael E. Gerber

 

 

I call these personal dreams “incremental dreams.” Incremental because when they are fulfilled we are now in need of other dreams to pursue to replace them. There is no end to them! They are the fuel that energizes our otherwise dispassionate lives. They are the promise at the end of our personal rainbow. -Michael E. Gerber

 

 

Yet even when we become the hero we dreamed about, even when we become the next Tiger Woods, it is never enough. The personal dream always disapoints us. It’s as though it was a prelude to life, not life itself.” -Michael E. Gerber

 

 

In time, doesn’t everything personal leave us longing for something else personal? That is why the awakened entrepreneur does not awaken to the personal dream, but rather to the impersonal one. -Michael E. Gerber

 

 

Unless your idea for a business exceeds anything you have ever imagined doing before, is bigger than anything you have believed yourself capable of before this moment, has the potential of transforming a large enough number of people’s lives in the world to make a huge difference in how the world works,…don’t do it. -Michael E. Gerber

 

 

People must begin to see that Dreaming…Intentional Dreaming…has the power to transform our relationships, and by so doing connect us with one another for the very first time. -Michael E. Gerber

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