I’ve been doing Bikram yoga now 3-4 times per week for three months. It’s 90 minutes in a room that’s 39-40 degrees Celsius.
There are two lessons that are relevant to life that have really struck me:
When things get hard, the best approach is to lean into them
When it’s super-hot and you’re holding a tough position, there are times when you just want to escape. But the more you try to avoid the feelings, the worse they become.
The best way through, is through.
By leaning into the challenge, it passes much faster and there’s a huge feeling of accomplishment on the other side, a feeling that isn’t there when you shy away.
Go all in, then all out
In yoga, we go from positions to lying on our backs in a position called savasana. The best approach is to give 100% in the position, then switch off completely, mind and body, when in savasana.
Isn’t this like a successful life? All in on things that matter, then time to recharge.
In my research into doctor burnout, I have found that resilience is directly proportionate to recuperation. Muscles grow when they are taken to their limits, then allowed to repair through rest.
So, how can you apply these lessons in your life? Even better, give yoga a go because it’s awesome.
I’m in my office at the moment. This morning I’ve planned next week, had multiple meetings and worked on some strategic moves for my business.
I used to be all about winning at everything I was involved with.
Many ‘entrepreneurs’ I meet just want to be the ‘big ideas’ person. They’re not interested in the little stuff.
In life people always talk about getting ‘ahead of the curve.’
Something had to get out of the way for everything good that is in your life.
We worry about things that might not work out.
We are all a combination of our experiences of the past.
We don’t need to detach from our painful past.
The you today is different from the you a year ago.
Sometimes leadership is about creating a vision and bringing people along.