I’d like to share a story that Sharon Salzberg, an author and meditation teacher, tells about a yoga retreat she attended.
“Every other student in our class,” she wrote, “was far more limber, easily flowing into pretzel-like poses. Almost worse, they all seemed to know the traditional Sanskrit name for each move.
One day as my teacher, John, was demonstrating a pose, he made an awkward-looking movement, then rebalanced. Coming out of it he asked, “What just happened?”
One by one, my classmates offered a Sanskrit name for that extra little twist.
Finally, John turned to me and repeated his question, “What just happened?”
I replied: “To be honest, I think you fell.”
“You’re right,” he said. “I fell. Then I started over. That’s good yoga.”
Those words, in a nutshell, sum up the “good yoga” of wealth creation.
“It’s about honoring your intention,” Sharon explained. ”If we fall, we don’t need self-recrimination or blame or anger—we need a reawakening of our intention and a willingness to recommit… once again.”
And that’s precisely how you will turn your intention into a reality. When you fall, go back to your intention, recommit, and take one tiny action step…again and again and again.
As Sharon points out, “Often we can achieve an even better result when we’re not afraid to appear less than perfectly polished. We learn and grow and are transformed not so much by what we do but by why and how we do it.”
I’d love to hear from you how the fear of not being perfect, or making a mistake, was getting in your way, but you overcame it. Share in the comments below.
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