Discipline is not something we have or don’t have. It’s something we practice and develop over time. We must identify a ‘What’ and ‘Why’ that is big enough to last the challenges of time.
To be disciplined is to do the things we know we ‘should’ because they will make us better, even when we do not want to do them. It is funny how much we resist the things that make us whole, powerful and confident. Let us let go of that struggle and let the path to personal freedom and power be one of ease, fun and devotion.
It does not matter what our goal in life is, we will be tested. So let us rise to the occasion, overcome our false, insecure small self and create the life and world we want to experience.
This last while has been pretty full on for me and I thought by sharing how I’ve come to find balance and joy through the inevitable growth, struggles and hardships of being an entrepreneur, I may be able to inspire some other entrepreneurs, creators or people who are overwhelmed by the demands of life to rediscover their balance.
We have forgotten that We’re the director of their life and daily flow.
Most people from the moment they get out of bed until the moment they go to sleep at night are living in a reactionary, fight or flight experience. This is an incredibly exhausting, ungrounding, frustrating and horribly unproductive way to live. If you live like this I’m sure you know.
We always look for the next big breakthrough or big thing to take us to the next level of success, however our foundation is not built on the big things, it is built upon small things that we do consistently … and if we do not have a strong foundation built we will crumble under the pressure when those big things happen. I know from personal experience.
But how much does it actually benefit us?
I know for me, it was really challenging to commit to my practice at first. I would sit there for 3-minutes feeling like it was such a waste of time. I’d get bored. I’d feel angry. My body would ache. I would get annoyed with the fifteen different conversations going on inside my head all at the same time.
I honestly never thought it would happen. I didn’t think I could sing, I definitely didn’t think I had the HipHop vibe and I for sure never imagined that I would make friends with a producer who was patient enough to coach me through the many gangster alter egos I had pent up inside me order to get to my authentic HipHop voice…
That’s what I had to do because like so many, I have never been able to ‘get silent’ in the head. My mind is always busy thinking up cool ideas, dreaming of future adventures and wondering what the heck I should do next in my lifelong vision quest…
But instead of trying to force my brain to be quiet I have learned that it is more valuable to make friends with it. I realize that my mind is my most powerful asset, next to my heart, when it comes to creating my life and reality how I want it to be. So instead of engaging in a power struggle (Me vs Mind) I have learned ways to consciously work with my mind for my own greater good.
With my outgoing personality and soothing meditation voice it may not seem like it, but I have suffered from tons of anxiety over the years. I still do actually. I have felt anxious about the risks I’ve taken in life and business, I get anxious before leading workshops, I get little bouts of anxiety before going to those awkward networking events, I even felt slightly anxious about releasing this meditation track because I wanted it to be just perfect for you.
The end of the day is a time of non-doing, so give yourself this opportunity to let go of your daily to-dos, unwind, relax and allow your body sink deeply into your bed with this guided audio meditation by Bradley Morris and meditation music composed by Blair Francis Armstrong.
Because I’m usually happy people get the impression that I don’t struggle or have difficulties. This couldn’t be anywhere farther from the truth. I live my life between the space of who I just was and who I am choosing to become. This practice of constantly stretching myself makes for a whole lot of growth, surprise, uncertainty and wild moments of explosive epiphany. With that being said, the journey of feeling confident and clear and battling self doubt is a fine balancing act that I am getting better at managing.