40 Days to Personal Revolution: A Personal Essay

Originally published on The Mindful Bookkeeper

Originally published on The Mindful Bookkeeper

Being successful in your career and business is not only about working longer hours for the sake of producing more. Success also comes from having a healthy body and mind. A by-product of a healthy body and mind is mindfulness. 

 

One of the ways to achieve a healthy body and mind is through exercise. Personally, I have learned discipline and stress management because of it. My confidence in my abilities has increased because I feel better about myself. Better yet, I find that I rarely get sick (fewer sick days) and have less aches and pains in my body. Finally, through exercise I have developed the courage to let go of anything that no longer serves me. Recently, I made a business decision to do just that.

 

I had been directly involved in that something for over two years and somewhat around it for a few years longer.  I felt liberated when I let go of that thing that was not serving me…I also realized how much damage I endured and was upset about it to the point where I had considered relocating to another city and turning my back on my business. 

 

I shared my recent departure and the effects with a yoga teacher and friend. He suggested I enroll in his studio’s 40 Days to Personal Revolution. As much as I rolled my eyes at a yoga challenge, I knew I had to get my mind right for the sake of my business and myself.  I signed up.

 

The “rules” of 40 Days to Personal Revolution, at that studio, are as follows:

  • Practice yoga at any of the studios (they have two locations) 6 times a week. 5 of the 6 practices must be at the studio, and the 6th practice can be at home.
  • Attend one group meeting each week (there are 10 opportunities each week to attend one each week. In that meeting the participants will engage in journaling and discussion exercises. 
  • Meditate twice daily, starting with 5 minutes each time.

 

Each week I will be sharing my experience with this program.   Stay tuned for Week 1!