TRUST THE PROCESS
The process is a the path that you're taking to achieve anything — your professional, project, yoga, wellness or creative goals, among others. In my world, the past few months has been an adventure in trusting the process, and in knowing that when you're striking it out on your own, it's a mix of patience, persistence and getting comfortable with feeling vulnerable.
It's knocking on doors without speedy answers. It's trying out a little of column A and a little of column B. It's failing grandly and wonderfully. And eventually, it's writing your own recipe for the secret sauce of success. As I figure out my own way, I've figured out a few guiding principles.
Even when you're not feeling it, show up. Spend time with the struggle. Show up on your mat, in your workspace or in front of the screen (social media: OFF). It doesn't matter if you're fighting a block, nothing can happen if you aren't there in the first place.
DO THE WORK
Each week, I start out by answering with this question: what are the things I need or want to accomplish? I take a look at my monthly and yearly goals, and check in to see where I'm at. Is it blog, photography, design, social media or even reading goals? (Yep, reading is important, too.)
Then, I get to it. It's an extension of spending time with the struggle, but it's the time you spend being productive. Whatever the steps are, commit to doing the work, to moving the needle.
Putting in effort to reach your goals does not mean you will see results everyday. In terms of yoga, some of the poses that have been less savory than others are now among my favorite. There are some poses that I struggled to make sense of, some poses that just didn't seem to fit this body, and some poses I avoided.
What's the difference between then and now? One thing I can point to is an effort to remain curious. When you approach a goal with curiosity, frustrations become problems with knowable solutions. Even still, not all yoga poses work for me, but I now know my hyperextending elbows, my developing core (stronger everyday) and my body's wobbly balance.
Some days I'll fall over in warrior III, but I remember the days when I couldn't do it at all. I know I'm capable, and if I show up, ask questions and do the work, I can make things happen.