Waking up at 6 a.m., sipping on a cup of hot lemon water, settling into my meditation then following it up with an energizing yoga flow – this is what I believed my mornings needed to look like in order for me to feel spiritually connected and successful.
The number of times over the past six months I’ve actually done this? Two.
Consistency is something I’ve always struggled with.
From waking up early, to developing a daily yoga practice, to my on-again, off-again relationship with vegetarianism – doing the same thing, over and over again, is really hard for me.
For a long time, I thought this was a problem. Something I needed to “work on.” A part of myself that required fixing.
I believed that being a spiritual person and a successful entrepreneur meant waking up at sunrise, meditating and exercising.
I believed that being an authentic yogi meant hitting the mat every single day.
I believed that the only way to genuinely care about animals, the environment and the food I choose to put in my body was to be a vegan or vegetarian.
I’ve been doing a lot of work with my clients on limiting beliefs and resistance, on breaking through the barriers that keep us stuck and really getting to the bottom of what we believe to be true about ourselves and the world.
Because truth = freedom.
When we dig deep and acknowledge our limiting beliefs we free ourselves from the fear that often accompanies them. And without fear, we find the courage to be who we really are and do the work we’re truly meant to do.
When I finally realized I didn’t need to wake up early to feel spiritual or be successful, I gave myself permission to embrace the lifestyle that genuinely allowed me to thrive.
When I discovered I didn’t need to make it to my mat every single day to be a true yogi, my passion for my practice reignited.
When I got over the feeling that I needed to be a vegan in order to genuinely feel like I cared about my planet, I actually began to eat healthier.
To truly be happy and thrive as your authentic self, you need to be true to what feels good for you. Because, deep down, you really do know what’s best. Open up to your intuition and trust it.
Lean into your resistance and let it guide you. By turning inward you’ll always discover just what you need to feel the way you want to feel while getting to where you want to go.
When I examined why I was struggling to commit to certain goals, I learned what I needed to learn to move forward and make change in an authentic and powerful way.
As a person who craves variety and loves fresh experiences, waking up and doing the same thing every single day bores me. To be creative, excited and passionate about my life, I need to switch it up.
So I gave myself permission to do that.
Designing rituals and developing positive habits are powerful and transformative gateways to growth, so long as they come from within.
If you’re committed to any habits that don’t feel are authentic, drop them. Instead, commit to getting to know yourself on a deeper level to find what really makes you happy.
This is the secret to living the best life possible.