This Is Your Training

Let’s talk about stress & anxiety. 

First I must say, I’m very Lucky. I get to work on projects I choose and on a business I’ve created. A business that is actually starting to have more money coming in than out. It’s been a long time for me to be able to say that.

With that success, obviously it’s brought more work, and with more work, more responsibilities, or ya know “Mo Money, Mo Problems.” More recently it’s felt like, Mo Money Mo Stress & Anxiety. 

This was apparent a few weeks back while I was sitting in a 20 hour weekend training absolutely IN IT. When I say IN IT, I mean like every 2 seconds my mind wandering to the week ahead, with a panicky feeling that “I don’t have it all figured out yet” I need to get out of here and prepare!

Yet with 10 hours stuck in one place and a 2 hour commute, it wasn’t likely I was doing any preparing. So at lunch during our first day, I went on a long walk to clear my head. While it didn’t ease my mind completely, I did receive this 4 word insight that helped: This Is Your Training.

Everything I was stressed about I had been asking for. What we forget is that when we ask for things we think the process of achieving is going to feel blissful the entire time. It’s not.

Your physical muscles need stress to grow, your emotional muscles need the same. 

Through the training of the journey it’s purpose it to grow you into the person who can handle what you’re asking for. Growing pains don’t end in high school!

The real appreciation for what you accomplish comes from these moments. Only you know the mental mountains that you’ve climbed. It’s why you don’t sign up for a marathon and then take a taxi to the finish line. Moving through our fear and stress is what brings real fulfillment.

So what are you stressed or anxious about?
Is it helping you to become the best version of yourself?
Can you see it as your training?

Or as one of my favorite writer’s Ryan Holiday would say, Can you see “The Obstacle as The Way?” 

I hope you can. Or if you can’t yet, maybe this practice can help. 

Enjoy my new meditation, This Is Your Training.

Listen to it here on Soundcloud.

And always, let me know what you think. :)

 
 

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All It Takes Is One

In April 2018, still struggling to find my way, I received an email from a school asking me if I had a mindfulness & yoga training that taught teachers how to teach mindfulness. The email didn’t come out of nowhere. I had been sending a broad outreach to schools offering a short class for students. 

When I received this inquiry, I was initially saddened. After all, I did not have what this person was asking for. In despondency, I began to write back and tell them I was not their guy. Then I paused.

Waittttt a second. Could I do this? Maybe I do have it. I mean not tangibly yet, but am I lying to him if I say I do?

Then I thought back to the endless entrepreneurial podcasts I’ve listened to. One thing in their stories was glaring, You start, or in my case, you say “Yes”, and then figure it out on the way.

So with that I pushed my insecurities aside and deleted what I wrote. I instead responded with a fervent, "Yes! I have this workshop” and wrote what in-my-mind I thought it could look like.

In short, by the grace of the Almighty, this person agreed and it went through. All for a price beyond what anyone had ever paid me. I was FLOORED.

I’ll save the overwhelming fear and imposter syndrome that ensued because that’s not the focus of this week’s reflection. All I’ll say is I worked like I’ve never worked before, and the 4 week training was a success. It was also one of the greatest feelings of work fulfillment I’ve had.

The purpose of sharing this story is to tell you that from the one decision to say yes, it sparked a complete transformation of the past year. I’ve since continued to do more workshops, completed a Kids Yoga & Mindfulness training, and met a mentor whose been paramount to this work. 

Most notably I founded my business One Mindful Education where I offer yoga & mindfulness programs to students as well as training & stress management workshops for teachers. It’s been so much fun to learn, build, and be challenged in a whole new way.

And it all comes back to that one moment, sitting in a coffee shop on a Monday in April, where I said yes when it was easy to say no. It was One opportunity, and One decision I will never forget.

If you’re feeling lost in your life or work, don’t lose hope. You never know when that One will come for you. It doesn’t take much energy to start a ripple. If you stay true to your vision and your dreams, the Ones will find you.

Feel like you messed up an opportunity? That’s ok. There is another One right behind it. We have the best GPS system money can’t buy within us. No matter how far you get off track, you will always be brought back on your path.

I’ve recorded meditation on this theme to support you and your journey. You guessed it, it’s called: All it Takes is One. Have a listen below.

 
 

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