small sustainable steps to lasting change

As I dive into my intentions and goals for the year, I have being thinking of the concept in Yoga called vinyasa krama or appropriate steps to get to where we want to be.
When we really want something, it can be very tempting to try and jump from point A to point Z and skip all the steps in between. However, when approached this way, we are much less likely to reach our desired state.

In our physical practice, the poses are arranged in a special way to open the body up slowly and intelligently in order to prepare the body and mind for what is to come, to prevent injury and to allow for a deeper experience.

However, when it comes to goals, there is often the tendency to take the all or nothing approach which is usually not sustainable and can cause us to fall right back where we started feeling discouraged and unmotivated to begin again.

Yoga suggests that just as we take the intelligent approach to opening the body, we do the same with anything we want to achieve. We take small sustainable steps that fit into our life. We do something that we know we can and will do on a regular basis then stick with it for awhile before adding the next step. In this way, we prepare our mind, our lifestyle, our body and our relationships for the change. Once it has become a habit, a regular part of our lives, then we take the next small step and repeat the same process until eventually, we find ourselves closer and closer to our goal.

Done in this way, it may still be challenging but it is the best way to ensure that the change sticks because we are not shocking our system into doing something so different that it’s hard to hold on to and instead we are allowing ourselves to transform in a way that is appropriate and sustainable, motivating us to continue to set intentions and see them through.