“That was an exquisite teaching at that moment. Don’t try, just do it. That’s really what right effort is about.” – Ram Dass
In a blog post, Ram Dass shared a story about learning to meditate with Trungpa Rinpoche. The simple instructions given were, “Expand outward.”
Ram Dass gave it a go. Then, Rinpoche asked him, “Are you trying?” Ram Dass said, “Yes!” Rinpoche replied, “Don’t try, just expand outward.”
It’s an eye-opening way to look at goals and how we can go about achieving them.
“Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda
Everything else is just an excuse. It might be an especially compelling or understandable one – but it’s still an excuse. Either something has come to fruition or it hasn’t.
I have a habit of making excuses. “No one will notice my hairy, unshaved legs. I’m single.” “These cupcakes are mini-sized. I’m going to eat four of them.” “That felt like ten push-ups, so I’m going to call it good. (I did six.)”
How to Follow Through on New Year’s Resolutions
1. “Just do it.” – Nike
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“If it’s important to you, you will find a way. If it’s not, you’ll find an excuse.” – Jim Rohn
The simple answer is “Just do it!”. I can spend all day defending, explaining and arguing, or I can shut my trap and take actions.
To kick off my 2014 New Year’s Pole Resolutions, I’m proclaiming this to be the year that I get my splits. No excuses. No wishful thinking without action.
The plan: to work on my splits for at least 30 minutes, three times a week. In these 30-minute sessions, I’m including hamstring and hip flexor stretches that will help me get into the splits – so my practice sessions will consist of more than just doing the actual splits.
Pop, drop and pole dance,