As always, with a new year comes resolutions to work harder, get in shape, eat better… For some of us, it feels like resolution repeat year after year. But what if this year could be different? I asked my friend, Lance David Isakov, a licensed acupuncturist and yoga teacher, for his thoughts on how people can actually achieve their 2013 goals.
We made it to a new year! As always, with a new year comes resolutions to work harder, get in shape, eat better… For some of us, it feels like resolution repeat year after year. Sometimes, it feels like the paradox of choice when deciding which gym to join, yoga studio to practice at, Zumba instructor to take class with, what to eat…the list goes on. But what if this year could be different?
Lance: At the start of the new year, with so many of us making resolutions, there is a collective force of motivation in the air. This makes sticking to our new changes relatively easy. Then February arrives, when that once powerful force pushes to the background and we are, yet again, stuck in our old patterns. Here are three practices I find really helpful when working with my patients:
1. Identify what you want more than anything else.
Consciously consider what you actually want. For example, if you want to lose weight, dig a littler deeper and figure out why. You might say, "It's because I want to be healthier." When you are doing something for the sake of the whole, it can strengthen your motivation and move you to the power of volition.
2. Turn motivation into action
Motivation is the desire to do something, volition is the absolute commitment to take complete responsibility of your choices. In every moment, you are making conscious and unconscious choices that determine who you are and the actions you take. What if you decided right now to take responsibility for every choice you have made, are making and will make? Great power is ignited when you decide to no longer be a victim of biology, history, family, culture or circumstance.
3. Face everything and avoid nothing
Right now, make the choice that no matter what, you will face everything and avoid nothing. As you proceed in making changes there will be challenging moments, fears, pains, hard choices and pitfalls. Decide now that you will look fear in the eye, face the most challenging moments, avoid nothing and take the hero's journey forward.
Take these three practices seriously and you will continually develop a deep soul-level strength that will give you a lasting commitment and direct access to the power behind motivation itself.
TBP: There are so many wonderful options today in regards to health and wellness. How do you advise people to find what works for them?
Lance: Sticking to the basics is your best and cheapest bet.
3. Sleep. Get seven to nine hours a night in a pitch black room.
Stick with these and you will be well on your way.
Lance: I offer Five Elements Acupuncture, Kundalini Yoga, meditation and Reiki (energy healing) at my practice because each one has helped create profound shifts in my life. They all have the potential to awaken deeper levels of awareness, touch the very ground of our beings and foster the fire of development, growth and evolution. They are tools that can help you on all levels. Some of my patients come to acupuncture for pain relief, some come to meditation to de-stress and some come to yoga to stretch and breath. For me, the goal is two-fold: freedom and development.
Lance: Find someone who fosters a deep and healing relationship with patients. Specific tools like massage, yoga, acupuncture, chiropractics, etc. are all important and distinct. But in my experience, depth of wellness comes more from the healing relationship than the tools themselves.
Lance: Well, for one, the world didn't end, so that's exciting! I feel really positive about the future. Even with all the problems our world faces, I think 2013 is going to be a time of real collaboration and co-creation — people coming together to give rise to something much greater than the sum of the parts, a movement from the individual mindset to a collective one. I'm really excited to see how far we can go!
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