The road to success will always have bumps, obstacles and even dead ends. For some people, these things can cause stress, discouragement and even a sense of failure. However, all successful people have encountered some form of rejection. For instance, Walt Disney was fired by the Kansas City Star and told that he lacked imagination and had no good ideas. Oprah Winfrey was an evening news reporter who was let go because she couldn’t sever her emotions from her stories. After a performance a Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, Elvis was told by the concert hall manager that he was better off returning to Memphis and driving trucks. There are many more stories like these.
When we have a goal or a dream, we can be sure to encounter resistance and many non-believers. The key is to never give up. We have to keep our eye on the end result and make sure to align all our actions with the target. So what do we do when we get stuck? Two things that have helped me tremendously are headstands and meditation. Headstands help us shift our perception. Going upside down literally makes us see the world from a different point of view and in order to solve problems, sometimes, that’s all we need. Headstands are invigorating and they rush fresh oxygen to the brain, which is essential for thinking outside the box. There is a quote that comes to mind: “In order to get something you’ve never had, you have to be willing to do something you’ve never done.” Similarly, meditation creates brain waves that are very different from the waves generated by the sleeping and waking states. It helps us disconnect from the external stuff in order to experience more creativity, clarity and peacefulness.
As we move along our 100 Days of Heat Challenge, remember that failure doesn’t have to equal defeat or resignation. Think of it more as a reset button, or an opportunity to try again doing something different. Start out with a one-minute headstand and slowly work your way up to five consecutive minutes. You’ll be amazed at how you feel afterwards. Meditation is something that can be done first thing in the morning or whenever you can squeeze it in. Find a wall to lean up against and place a pillow across your low back and under your knees. Close your eyes, take a few relaxing breaths and try to sit for at least twenty minutes. Don’t feel like you need to empty your mind; this generates more thoughts. Instead, just be innocent, without resisting your thoughts or sounds. Keep a notepad handy so you can jot down any ideas or images that came up during or after the meditation