Did you know that tiny tweaks can lead to big changes? Have you ever decided to make a small change to your morning routine such as waking up 15 minutes early to meditate? The first few times it was a struggle to get out of bed knowing you could get an extra 15 min of shut eye. Then it is a struggle to meditate because you are just learning and controlling your thoughts is a challenge. Then one day you wake up before the alarm and you meditate for an extra few minutes. You realize it is a process that has become a part of you.
The video below was extremely impactful to me, it starts fairly slow with a lot of technicalities, but Amy Cuddy throws you a curve ball with her emotional story and lesson learned. As Amy shares her story of zeal and persistence, it brought a lot home to me. If I want things to change I myself must make changes. I saw my life quickly heading into a spiral of events that was only going to lead me towards emotional and mental destruction. I had no choice but to take action but I did not know how.
When life gets this intense it is easy to shut down because we think change always has to be a huge and dramatic event. Amy shows us that is not always the truth. I actually took a small challenge of positive and strong 2minute posses. The pose that I personally liked and practiced the most was “super woman”. It is funny, but I actually saw and felt the cape floating on my back, the power of visualization is amazing. During the 2 minutes, I felt different like I could conquer anything I put my mind to. No-one could tell me different, no-one could change my mind and no-one could bring me down from this level of confidence. Now, these feelings came over a period of time, I’ll be honest, the first few times I laughed to myself and felt silly.
I am sure there are a thousand things we can each think of that we can make a small and simple change that can impact the rest of our lives.
5 Tiny tweaks that can lead to big changes!!!!
Here are a few that I put into practice:
1. 30 Minutes of inspirational/motivational video in the morning and before bed: I tend to go to TED Talks for this one. It has helped me start and end my day with something positive or inspirational to focus and meditate on.
2. When I starting think about someone in a negative way I automatically say (to myself) Namaste; which means: “To perform Namaste, we place the hands together at the heart chakra, close the eyes, and bow the head. It can also be done by placing the hands together in front of the third eye, bowing the head, and then bringing the hands down to the heart. This is an especially deep form of respect. Although in the West the word “namaste” is usually spoken in conjunction with the gesture, in India, it is understood that the gesture itself signifies Namaste, and therefore, it is unnecessary to say the word while bowing.We bring the hands together at the heart chakra to increase the flow of Divine love. Bowing the head and closing the eyes helps the mind surrender to the Divine in the heart. One can do Namaste to oneself as a meditation technique to go deeper inside the heart chakra; when done with someone else, it is also a beautiful, albeit quick, meditation.” – http://www.yogajournal.com/article/beginners/the-meaning-of-quot-namaste-quot/
This helps me remember to respect another human being and see myself in them
3. Replace I can’t with HOW: This has been an amazing experience! The moment I change my words my brain starts planning, creating, imagining, inventing … processing something I never knew I could think of, create and execute.
4. Visualize being successful: I will admit this one was easy at first but then I started doubting that I can be as successful as I was imagining. Every time I start doubting my success I stop acknowledge the thought and replace it with something more powerful, a positive thought.
5: Make time for play: It is necessary to take life seriously as needed, but it is IMPERATIVE you make time for play. Whether you have children, a pet or time with friends/family/partner set aside a time of day to just play.
“You must be the person you have never had the courage to be. Gradually, you will discover that you are that person, but until you can see this clearly, you must pretend and invent.”
― Paulo Coelho