I have a confession to make: as much as I love yoga and have gained many benefits from it over the years, my practice has been well…spotty. Some months I have practiced every day; other years I have averaged once a month. I’ve always been perplexed by my own faltering commitment, given how much better my life works when I do it.
Instead of devoting any more time to figure it out, back in January I decided to just have a daily practice again. Then one day when I was tired and busy, I wanted to skip. Like magic Arthur Boorman showed up in my life to inspire me. You can bet after I watched this video, I got my ass on that mat:
I practiced every day after that until I fell. I found I really missed yoga during my convalescence. I found myself thinking about Arthur Boorman and what he had achieved quite often. I realized that if he could accomplish what he has, then I would not allow my injuries to become future excuses to avoid a daily practice. So, I am pleased to report that I am now back on the mat again every day and it feels great!
Jack Canfield, mentioned in a lecture I was listening to earlier this week that, “it takes about 30 days of intensive focus to move a new habit or belief into your life.” Similarly, (…and on the same day…freaky!) I saw another youtube video that Diamond Dallas Page put up, featuring a man named Slim.
Slim and his wife Laura started a website called http://www.thenextfortydays.com to share Slim’s experience. They explain their idea like this:
“The Next Forty Days is an idea. It is a notion that everyone can take a step, however small, to make life just a little bit better. The process is simple – define a goal, make a sacrifice, stay encouraged and enjoy a victory. This is an opportunity for you to do something you’ve always said you would. It’s a chance to start making better food decisions. Maybe it’s finally time to quit smoking. Even in reading these words, something may have already come into your mind. Whatever the goal, The Next Forty Days will help you get there. Is there any better time than right now? A year from now, you’ll wish you’d started today. The Next Forty Days is the beginning of the rest of your life. So decide a goal, take the pledge and make life better!”
I hope you have found Arthur’s and Slim’s stories to be as inspirational as I have. Would you like to transform your life? What habit or belief are you ready to establish? Can you commit to practice it for the next 30 to 40 days to make it happen? I would love to hear from you!
Love and Blessings to all,