Recently, my husband came home and announced that he was making a significant progress on a project he started five years ago and that the end was in near sight. I was speechless and in awe as I have given up on the idea of this project ever getting completed while he was steadily working and not giving up for the past five years. Later on at dinner time I made sure to take the time to give a little speech to the kids praising my husband for his perseverance and hard work. In this day and age when we rush from one appointment to the next, one activity to the next and often take our near and dear ones for granted I felt that it was important to appreciate my husband for not giving up and teach the kids an important lesson.
We are only two weeks into 2015 and many of us have already given up or started slacking on those New Year’s resolutions. According to some research more than 40% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions but only about 8% achieve those goals. According to a Forbes article simply setting a goal does raise your chances of achieving that goal, significantly. But within weeks or months, people begin abandoning their resolutions as they hit bumps in the road that throw them off their stride.
So, do something different this year. Really think of that goal, that ‘sankalp’ or pledge you have made just couple of weeks ago, set your willpower and determination, set that ‘drishti’ or point of focus on it and don’t give up. Your might fulfill your ‘sankalp’ in five days, five months but also be prepared as it might take five years or more. And remember that the journey is what will make that ‘sankalp’ so valuable and in my opinion priceless. Because if you were to list all the attributes, qualities, and knowledge you will gain working on it, it would probably take up the volume of a good size book. I am sure at the beginning of that journey you can’t fathom how impactful that commitment and sacrifice would become. But believe that you can do it and that determination and focus will guide you through. And remember that having a consistent yoga practice will help you keep your focus on your goal.
So whether you can make it to the yoga studio or not, make sure to make time for daily prctice. Here is the link to our Total Yogi workout http://total-yoga.org/the-total-yogi-work-out/ that takes only about 40 minutes a day. There, no more excuses! And happy journey 🙂
Slavica Gokul is a certified Vinyasa, Hatha and Power yoga teacher through Total Yoga in Bangalore, India. She has been an aspiring yogi for more than 20 years. She dedicated herself to consistent practice 9 years ago and while residing in India from 2012-14 underwent teacher training.