I passed a bit of a milestone this past weekend: 8 months of daily yoga. 240 days of making time to get on my mat and give my muscles a good attending to. I can now do an extended chair pose without my thighs weeping with agony and betrayal. I’m this close to achieving crow pose (arm balance) without falling. It started as a 30-day challenge, but so far I haven’t had a desire to skip a single day. On the days where I feel too tired for a heavier workout, I focus on stretching and meditation; on days when I have more energy, I go for the high-intensity ones, but every day I make a point to change into my yoga pants. A year ago, I never would have imagined I could become this exercise-focused person.
The other thing I’ve gained from my practice is a sort of perspective on what it takes to go from day 1 to day 240. The answer: just me.
Throughout the routines, it often comes up to set an intention for the day, or to think of a mantra to help focus throughout the meditations, and I found myself noticing a trend of where my thoughts go.
My intention is always to challenge myself and discover something new.
My mantra has become: I am what I am. I am all that I am becoming.
And the more I think about that mantra, the more I love what it suggests: You are already everything that you want to be.
Everything you want to accomplish, everything you want to learn/develop/become is already part of who you are today.
You might not see it very clearly, or even believe it at all, but it’s true. It has to be. You look at Olympic gold medalists, Oscar winners, entrepreneurs behind successful businesses — they didn’t get bodysnatched one day to become the sort of person who gets what they want. They’re the same people who used to have a dream and who one day woke up to what they needed to do to achieve it.
Everything it takes to achieve your dreams is part of you.
There is nothing in the world you can’t do (inside the realm of physics and reason) if you set out to do it. What is it you want? To shed those last 10 lbs? Run that marathon? Get that promotion? Figure out what you need to achieve the goal, then brush off your self-discipline, you perseverance, you courage — whatever you need to get into action to see it through.
Have a little faith in yourself.
Then go out and become everything you were meant to be.