Action Plan, Timeline, Quality Assurance
If you’ve been following the yoga posts on my blog, you know that I often refer to an understanding of yoga through which we become aligned with our true nature, which is composed of divine qualities. I think it’s important to understand that while yoga, like many spiritual systems, can subtly slide into putting forth dogma, in my opinion, it’s not intended to be that way, even if, maybe especially if we follow the formulas outlined in the sacred texts. In that vein, the “divine qualities” or true nature referred to in the texts would be the highest expression of a particular quality as opposed to a reflection of moral purity. When we begin to speak of taking actions on our dreams and visions, my experience is that it works best when coupled with an understanding of myself becoming the person who would take those action, and in order to do that, I often need to nurture my expression of particular flavors of qualities. This week as we begin to translate our dreams into action plans I suggest that we incorporate into our action plans and timelines the inner qualities which support our ability to draw forth that which we are creating.
Say, for example that we want to draw in a new romantic relationship. There are many flavors that such a relationship could manifest in. At some times in our lives we might want passion and adventure. At other times in our lives, sweetness and harmony. The thing is, if I want a passionate adventurous relationship, I better be brining some passion and adventure into the relationship as well. If I want stability, I better bring some of that in as well. If I want sweetness and harmony I better bring some of that to the table as well. So what I do is, I add those qualities to my action plans. At the top of my daily action plan, I consider the actions that I plan to take, and I list the necessary qualities at the top. If it’s a relational day, I put kindness and graciousness. If it’s an administrative day, I put effectiveness at the top of the list and if it’s a day of teamwork, I might start my action plan with an intention to embody collaboration.
Because co-creation is part of a yogic lifestyle, I try to express the qualities in terms of that which would be in alignment with the beautiful qualities which we all share. So, if my vision is to become World Tennis Champion, while my first instinct is to conquer or defeat my competitors, as I reflect on the yogic foundation, I know that will move me away from a state of yoga. It creates division. Instead I might say “Personal Best in very single match I play this year. “ Think about this in terms of sustainability. I could become the World Champion through an accidental tennis blooper of some kind. But my personal best will transform me into a champion as a person, and then I’ll have something lasting. What’s my action then? Practice every day, study the moves of the masters, 5 minutes a day envisioning my perfect serve and my competitor shaking my hand with glee because it was so much fun to for them to play against the highly skilled player I’d become. I mean really, what could be a better victory than one where your opponent concedes that you played the best game!!!
The timelines to envision, are pretty classic, 10 years,5 years, 3 years, 1 year, 3 mos. 1 mos. I week, 1 day might be a general guideline. Of course you aren’t going to do all of them every day or month or even quarter – that kind of rigidity might create restriction rather than expansion. But checking in at systematic intervals keeps the vision grounded. One of the things I’ve learned is that magnificent visions can emerge , powerfully from tiny steps taken in alignment. I was on a whole other career path when I discovered yoga, and I never intended to leave that path for yoga. But I found myself spending a lot of time on my yoga mat, loving what I was doing and just wanting to do more of it. It all emerged from there. The other career which I charged through and sweated around, never amounted to much of anything, either internally or externally, a paycheck and some transient glimmers of accomplishment. But the yoga became a rich and transformative life path for me. When we are aligned with our deepest selves our thoughts visions and dreams become powerful, and it allows for a more organic unfolding, with minimal struggle.
Similar to the manifestation, actions steps and time lines involve sitting and writing. How do I envision this ten years, five years etc. And know that my success in the ten year plan is going to be connected to my success in the one day plan and will be supported by my steadiness in my yoga practice. Some days moving off the action plan is the action plan! Yoga develops our discernment to detect if our inspirations are divinely guided detours or laziness and fear. If you haven’t yet started practicing yoga, you can begin just by sitting and breathing easily for 5 minutes with your eyes closed. Or you can come to take one of my classes!
Perhaps I will see you on Saturday when we will gather to review the process of co-creating and share the visions we’ve been nurturing the last few weeks. Sharing the vision can be a powerful means of energizing our visions, and allows us to cheer each other on! Pay what you are able and feel comfortable with.
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