I've heard about this topic since the day I started my yoga practice journey and something that my therapist and I have talked about recently: Consistency. I'm sure you have heard it too and have but how do we bring consistency into your lives?
Whether you want to be healthier, drink less caffeine, go live on Instagram/FB more or nail that crow pose, you can’t help but rattle around the idea of consistency in your head.
We know as humans that consistency is what helps us achieve and be our best.
We tell ourselves if I just do XYZ consistently then I will have consistent results. And it feels good when we follow through. It feels hopeful. It feels like it will fix everything. We love having a logical explanation for why something isn't happening and a logical solution to fix it.
When we are “doing all the things” we create expectations for what our outcome SHOULD be. We want to operate like robots.
Input formula ---> output consistent and reliable result.
And then the people around us that have what we want to tell us all the things they are doing which further confirms our suspicion that if we just “do all the things” we will have their results.
And the truth is, doing those things consistently absolutely CAN lead to the results we want. BUT… the energy behind our “practice” is crucial for our ultimate outcome.
We are humans, not robots. This means when we input a formula it mixes with a bunch of complicated stuff and spits out an outcome. This is why two people can have the exact same routine and have completely different results. And also, why it’s so important not to reduce yourself to the things you are doing (or not doing).
So, when you are looking at your lack of consistent results let’s take a human perspective. How is this human feeling? What makes this human feel best? What allows this human to thrive? How does this human feel the most confident?
You might find that practicing certain routines makes you feel most confident. And that is why you do them. Not to get the result. To make the human feel best. Which creates the best outcome.
"Sucess doesn't come from what you do occasionally, it comes from what you do consistently."
And in case you are saying this sounds like a bunch of BS and how will this make me reach my goals, let me explain it a little further…
When you feel your best your body performs differently. Hormones are released differently. Muscles respond differently. Your mind performs differently. Complex processes stemming from the nervous system behave differently.
And it all stems from HOW YOU FEEL, not what you do. The doing only supports (or doesn’t support) how you feel which sets off the tone for how the body will perform.
So next time you beat yourself up for not being more consistent, take a step back and check in with yourself as a human. What do you need? What makes you feel your best?
Then do those things and do them to support the human that you are. Not the machine that you aren’t.
This is what creates consistency in the habits and the results that you want so badly.
If you want some help diving deeper into the mindset around healing and staying
consistent, check out my soon-to-be-released course Heal Yourself from the Inside Out.
Be sure to sign up for the waitlist to be the first to have access to it when it launches later this year.
Now, go out there and be consistent my friend!
Love & Light,
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Namaste and enjoy the practice.