Yesterday on Facebook I posted that now that it is May, it’s time for a new Challenge. Someone commented: “Just name it.”
And I was thinking about this. I think I am being asked to say something like: “Yoga 5 days a week. No excuses!”
Maybe they want me to set up a Facebook accountability tool, like I did for my “Intro to Meditation” class a few months ago. (I challenged that group to meditate for 10 minutes a day for a month and they are still at it, months later.)
Maybe I could issue a dietary challenge: NO SUGAR IN MAY. But that might be too much, not to mention cruel.
Today on my way up to Wegmans I was listening to this Robert Greene interview again. Greene wrote a great book called Mastery, and he was talking about people who say they don’t know what they want to do with their lives. He said you need to figure out what incentivizes you What do YOU want? And it can’t be about making money.
This is totally in line with my “Amp Your Vibe” process of having people list all the things they love and hate and then picking something off that list (the love list) and creating a streak around it.
For example, maybe you would like to write a novel, or dig a perennial garden, or travel to Bali, or learn the ukelele.
Maybe you want to play a respectable game of golf, or beat someone in chess, or learn to surf.
Maybe you want to do a tremendously difficult hike, like the Appalachian Trail, or grow prize winning roses, or get to your ideal weight.
Maybe a headstand or a handstand is on your list, or understanding the stock market enough to make some wise investments.
Maybe you want to learn to code and build an app, or a website. Maybe you dream of writing a popular blog.
YOU name it. Name your thing, then break it down into a 30 day start, commit, and go.
What could you do in the next 30 days that would bring you closer to your dream?
Here’s what I am going to do in May: I want to win the NaNo Badge on 750words.com. That will entail writing 50K words in a month. I also want to do a handstand some day, ideally by the end of the summer, so to that end I am committed to doing handstand prep poses during the “open practice’ sessions during May at the studio.
I don’t want to “Name it.” I want you to. Then I want to hold you to your highest vision of yourself. I would love to support you in whatever you want to do. If you need an accountability partner, I’ll do it. You want some words of encouragement from time to time, or some information? I’ll do it.
I want you to name it and claim it.
This is your one wild and precious life.