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Day 5 Challenge: What you will do, when you will do it, and how it will get you closer to your dreams

[Day 5] Setting Yourself Up For Success |The Suitcase Entrepreneur

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 5

Day 5 Challenge: Create a daily success plan for yourself that takes only 15-20 minutes and schedule a time in the day where you can squeeze it in. Write a blog post about what you will do, when you will do it, and how it will get you closer to your dreams.

Success from what I have read and experienced comes down to consistency on doing things that MUST be done. Not could-should-need-have to MUST. Being consistent and performing regular tasks that you succeed at and take you towards your goals and dreams. Not an instant over-night success.

I know what I need to do and they have not been done. Why? Comfort, unwilling to fail (even if that means succeeding in learning) have not defined what needs to be done and most importantly – deciding and taking the actions that MUST be done.

Reasons that something MUST be done can vary and ultimately I believe they fall into 2 categories: to have future success and to eliminate current discomfort. If neither have reached a point that it becomes unbearable to continue the current discomfort and avoid the future success then your current circumstances will continue.

So what do I feel I must do now?

Creating space both mentally and physically. This will allow new things to occur and flow.

I recently watched a video about yoga and the science behind it – Science of Yoga. During the video one of the presenters said that the purpose of yoga poses is to create space within the body (at all levels) and this allows prana to flow. Prana is the energy that flows to all the systems within the body – nervous, lymphatic, breathing, mental, blood system.

Over time stresses in life can make you feel compressed in many ways and this compression can become over bearing and start to restrict.

To integrate something new into your life – unless there is very urgent and pressing reasons – can sometimes take time and may need to be done in small chunks.The regular completion of these small tasks will build up a success account that can be referenced and drawn upon in times of need.

The Plan

Develop a series of yoga poses and breathing exercises that only take 15 minutes and perform them 3 times a day.

For the yoga poses I am a fan of the 5 Tibetan rights so they must be part of the process.

I also must improve my flexibility and strength in my hips and abs (core strength) for future adventures. A couple of the Tibetan rights already do this.

As for breathing exercises, I started (and stopped) doing what is known as ‘7 rounds of 7’

  • Breathing in – 7 secs
  • Hold the breath – 7 secs
  • Breath out – 7 secs
  • Hold the exhale – 7 secs

This breathing process helps regulate your breath which in turn helps regulate hormones flowing through your body which then directly impact it physically.

When you are stressed do you breathe faster or slower? Are you instantly told by someone else to slow down your breathing? Making the conscious decision to regulate your own breath and integrate this regular action daily may help build internal ‘strength’ so stressful/chaotic issues can be handled better.

Well that is plan any way, so I better get cracking.

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