For those who know me well, know I have a reasonably newfound obsession with yoga.
It has been fabulous for my body (which was suffering from all the years of running and netball) and my mind (suffering from a crazy busy lifestyle).
It’s a way for me to have me time that is actually reducing stress, helping my digestive system and keeping me fit and healthy at the same time.. bonus!
I was reading an article in a yoga magazine whilst on holidays recently and found a very interesting article that relates to every aspect of life – of course including setting financial goals and achieving your version of financial peace of mind.
Without going into detail of the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali (widely regarded as the authoritative text on yoga), one of the beliefs is as follows:
To achieve something in life we must:
practice over a long time,
believe in it and look forward to it,
with an attitude of service.
You must consciously create the foundation you hope to build on.
Whether that’s becoming a parent, starting a business, studying piano or saving for a new home – whatever you are undertaking if you approach it with these attitudes you will enjoy the activity more and therefore create more success in that area.
So, lets break this down:
Practice over a long time
You need to recognise that whatever you are undertaking cannot be perfected or achieved overnight. You have to commit over time to achieve lasting results you are happy with.
This addresses your continued commitment to the process. Your efforts must be whole-hearted; and attitude of a little bit here and a little bit there ain’t going to cut it! Imagine trying to save for a new home and only putting money away once every so often. It’s going to take you a lot longer to reach your goal and you are likely to lose your joy in the process!
Believe in it:
If you approach a task with uncertainty or with the attitude that your endeavour will fail, you set yourself up for disappointment. If you believe in what you are doing, your efforts will have greater impact.
Look forward to it:
Whatever you set out to do, on some level you must enjoy what you are doing. Even if what you are doing is difficult or tiring, you can still get joy and satisfaction knowing you will get something positive out of it.
With an attitude of service:
Ask yourself, how can I best serve this task? If it’s making a big presentation at work, it may be making sure you get a good night’s sleep the night before. It could be as simple as approaching whatever you do with a positive attitude.
Consider using this approach in whatever it is you are trying to achieve, and you may just find that you reach your goals quicker!
BONUS: Download this inspirational quote and save it, print it, whatever it takes to keep you motivated!