This new year brings new opportunities for growth! My new year’s resolution is to live my life to my highest potential, while still maintaining self-care and sanity. What that means for me, is to imagine myself achieving a goal that seems completely impossible or out of reach and then saying to myself: I can.
What is interesting about that, is what seemed impossible to me a year ago, feels completely doable now. Imagine a goal that you achieved in the past, and how daunting it seemed at first. Then, remember what it felt like when you finally achieved that goal (possibly relieved or joyful) , and now what it feels like after maybe years of having already achieved it (like a piece of cake, right?). One example that is relevant to my life, is when I was training to become a yoga teacher.
The idea of getting up there and doing a good job teaching yoga, felt completely impossible. It felt like the scariest thing anyone had ever asked me to do. I was petrified. I would write in my journal, “Lana, you need to believe in yourself.” That wasn’t convincing enough. After attempting to teach my first class, I had a complete break down, where I cried hysterically and told my mentor that I didn’t think I could do it. After some reassurance from my mentors and my fellow classmates, I gave it another try.
Now, I have been teaching yoga for almost 6 years. I look back on those days and realize that I was the only one that didn’t believe in myself. Everyone else around me knew I could do it. Why couldn’t I see it?
So, when I continue to hit road blocks and tell myself something like, “leading yoga retreats all over the world is too scary”, I remember that I felt that same way before I stepped into my potential as a teacher. I know that I have the potential to do whatever I set my mind to.
If there is something in your life that you want to achieve but feel is impossible, see if you can step forward into your potential with the feeling of “I can”… Because you can.
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Me in Puerto Rico… being silky.
Photo by Joy Salvo @ Barefoot Yoga in Rincon, PR