We have all had that initial beginning of something. That first time taking a fitness class, embarking on a new way of eating, beginning a mediation practice, or as simple as increasing water consumption. Sometimes the first class, or the first recipe, or the first time you sat with awareness is often the hardest.
If you are embarking on a new something consider these 5 tips:
1. Remember it is about the journey. While enthusiasm is fabulous, it can be so easy to jump from your starting point with only the end result in mind. Whether you are looking to lose weight or increase your overall well-being it is imperative to enjoy the steps along the way. If your only focus in losing those 20 pounds, I guarantee you will miss the joy in planning, shopping, cooking and eating that amazing meal. The tastes you experience are the end result, but the joy that can come from loving what you are creating is the journey. Enjoy each step.
2. Stop and breathe. Every single day find 10 minutes to simply breathe. Inhale. Exhale with intention and awareness. This practice will keep you grounded as your life changes. As you embark on a new way of being, people around you will challenge you. It is imperative that you have this tool in your tool box. Breathe.
3. Be tender with yourself. Yes, you will stumble. And you will miss the Yoga class because of work. Yes, you will eat that cookie the kids leftover. Yes you will choose soda over water. It happens. Start again without a litany of negative self-talk. Instead remember that the sun does come up tomorrow and you can begin again.
4. Ask yourself those hard questions. As you begin anything new it is key to get into your heart and know what it is that you are seeking. Are you doing this for you or for someone else? Are you doing it with the hope that you will be happier? Do you have a goal in mind or are you wanting to just explore the experience? Are you willing to make choices and changes? What are you willing to do to make those changes?
5. Be open to a mind shift. Do you notice that you have a series of limiting beliefs about yourself or your life? You know, things like “I don’t have enough time or money”, “I am not flexible”, “I can’t sit still long enough to meditate”, “I don’t like the taste of plain water”. Consider what might happen if you turned those limiting beliefs into statements of hope—“I have the ability to choose where I spend my money”, “I choose to make the time, because I am worth it”, “I honor my body in a Yoga class and not compete”, “I am capable of sitting for 5 minutes today”, “I am grateful to have fresh, clean water to drink”. Consider shifting to a belief of positivity and hope.
Why? Because YOU are worth it.