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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some of the best entrepreneurial quotes for women, all of which are written by Michael E. Gerber, author of “Awakening the Entrepreneur Within.”
To you dear Intentional Dreamers (you know who you are!), for staying the course when you least understood why. -Michael E. Gerber
That you are doing it for the right reason does not have to be true. (It rarely is true!) Your desire is enough. -Michael E. Gerber
It’s what happens before one starts a business that’s the key, and most essential, ingredient to business success. -Michael E. Gerber
Yes, the start-up is you and nothing but you. For you to be successful at creating an entrepreneurial company, something quintessential has to occur inside of you before you open your business’s doors, something I call the Moment of Inspiration, or that “sudden seeing.” -Michael E. Gerber
It is there in that lucid moment of clarity that the entrepreneur is provided with a rare glimpse inside a mystery, which is what a business is. -Michael E. Gerber
All of this is begun in the mind, heart, and imagination of an entrepreneur before anything else happens. -Michael E. Gerber
To create a miracle company, or a miracle life, takes a magnificent sense of the surreal. You have to be ready to see things that fly away faster than a thought, and capture them in your lens without skipping a beat. -Michael E. Gerber
For the entrepreneur, there is nothing more satisfying than when the audience applauds the performance. -Michael E. Gerber
The entrepreneur loves accolades, lives for the successful manifestation of the invention, and finds joy only when the audience and the business truly come together as originally envisioned. -Michael E. Gerber
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., had a clear dream, but few of us can be said to “have a dream of our own”; one that moves us, consumes us, keeps us awake at night, a dream as big to us as Dr King’s dream was to him. Is there a Dreamer in you who will have an epiphany when the Purpose is suddenly revealed as your Purpose, as the one thing you were brought here on this earth to fulfill? -Michael E. Gerber
This Dreamer stands on the mountaintop of imagination, and creates dreams where there are none at all. This Dreamer’s Dream comes to us in the light, yet we avoid looking directly into it for fear we will not be big enough to bear it. -Michael E. Gerber
Remember this as you move forward: There is nothing set in this process. Nothing limiting at all. -Michael E. Gerber
It just felt good to dream about the idyllic life, the life of productivity, the life with horses perhaps, with dogs and cats, with chickens and ducks and sheep and whatever else the good life had in store for me. -Michael E. Gerber
I loved to dream. My mind would fly away at a moment’s notice, or, even without notice. I would be dreaming about one thing at one moment, then begin to dream about another thing at another moment without a pause in-between. -Michael E. Gerber
There’s so much information out there in relation to “goal setting,” yet few people even really make it a goal to sit down and read this important data. If you are finally serious about learning more about goal setting steps, then make it a point to make your first task reading some of the important information about it such as this article.
Right away, you will probably realize that getting motivated to set goals can be the most difficult obstacle to overcome. Writing down your goal setting steps can actually help you to get more motivated to set more goals and start accomplishing them.
The reason for this is that committing even that first goal setting step to paper makes it begin to feel possible and real. Suddenly this isn’t just a crazy idea in your head but a real possibility for achieving your life dreams and following your passion. So, what if you really are just stuck at the getting started and lacking the motivation?
Steps to Try
If you’re reading this then you obviously want to try to get motivated to set goals and find your real life purpose. That can sound exciting but also a little overwhelming and even intimidating. So consider right now trying these steps:
- Decide whether you would rather write out your goal setting steps on paper, a word document on your laptop or even a notepad on your electronic tablet – whatever works best for you.
- If you really have trouble thinking of goal setting steps, start by jotting down rough ideas of little details you need to accomplish.
- Break big goals down into small manageable steps so it feels less daunting.
- Make it a point to read more material that will help. Check out my book, “How Smart Women Achieve Big Goals: Motivation To Focus And Follow Through With Your Life Dreams.” It is filled with valuable information and can give you that nudge to you need to move ahead with your goals.
Contains a collection of amazing resources and websites that will inspire women. One of my favourites is their listing of TEDtalks.
My Inspiration Lounge – http://www.myinspirationlounge.com/home-mainmenu-1.html
Jam packed with amazing content and organized by various subject matter including entrepreneurial, parenting, wellness and more!
Inspiration Peak – http://www.inspirationpeak.com/links/pages/Best_All-Around/
Very unique content and perspectives that will motivate and inspire you.
The Four Hour Workweek – http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/
Don’t just read his blog, purchase his books. Enough said – he thinks outside the box and will help you to experiment with your own life success!
The Daily Motivator – http://greatday.com/nmot/previous.html
Great short articles each day that will motivate you to adopt new perspectives. Lots of other great resources as well.
Motivation to Move – http://www.motivationtomove.com/
Includes awesome podcasts and ideas about keeping yourself healthy, fit and on the move!
Allison Foskett – Best Free Online Goal Setting and Motivation Program
One of the few goal setting programs that provides motivational questions to ask yourself as your proceed throughout all 7 of the goal setting steps. It’s creative, fun and most important of all – it’s interactive!
Steve Pavlina – http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/category/goals-goal-setting/
One of my personal favourite websites in general – Steve has very unique and genuine advice based on years of experience. Last I checked he was making around 40k per month from his blog alone. I quoted him a few times in my most recent book How Smart Women Achieve Big Goals.
Personal Excellence – http://personalexcellence.co/blog/goal-achievement-introduction/
Great website for goal setting ideas and resources. The site is well laid out and organized, and the ideas are fresh. Also, a good model of how to organize and write your own blogs!
Smart Goals Guide – http://www.smart-goals-guide.com/smart-goal-setting.html
My favourite pieces on this website are the articles on inspirational movies, songs, poems, etc. Definitely worth checking out!
Real Goal Getter – http://realgoalgetter.com/283/personal-goal-setting-steps/
Simply fantastic content – worth reading and you’ll pick up some unique concepts as well.
Pick the Brain – http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/the-8-steps-of-goal-setting/
Great articles, easy to read and some fantastic content as well. I also enjoy the layout of this visually pleasing website.
Live Strong – http://www.livestrong.com/goal-setting-steps/
Once again fresh, original and fun content that will add value to you on your goal setting journey. Bookmark this one!
Mindtools – http://www.mindtools.com/page6.html
A classic website that has been around for a long time. They have great resources and ebooks worth purchasing. Their information is also very applicable to the corporate world as well.
MyGoals.com – http://www.mygoals.com/helpGoalsettingTips.html
Amazing goal setting tips period!
Make Your Goals Happen – http://www.make-your-goals-happen.com/index.html
Worth checking this website out – very motivational and inspirational, and will get you into action in no time!
Top Achievement – http://topachievement.com/smart.html
Some great perspectives on achievement and articles worth reading.