I’ve always been OK at everything but never AMAZING at anything. I now realise this is because I’ve never focused my energy on just ONE thing before.
You see, I’m the type of person who tries everything, and I mean EVERYTHING. I’ve done anything from African dance, capoeira, pottery, bouldering, cajón, you name it I’ve tried it!! An experience junkie if you like.
For a while I’d get really frustrated at myself for not being able to stick to anything for longer than just a few weeks, and I’d beat myself up about not having a so called “passion”. Until one day I realised that the only consistent in my life in the past 10 years has been yoga. I mean I’ve done everything from Vinyasa, Yin, Ashtanga, Bikram to Anti-gravity yoga, but hey it’s all yoga right?
When I told my friends I was taking a sabbatical, many of them assumed I was going to do a yoga teacher training, I mean I was always going to yoga classes, always talking about how great it made me feel. But when they suggested I do a YTT my immediate reaction was “What me?! No f****** way! I wouldn’t want to be a teacher”.
But then it dawned on me. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to teach yoga, it was that I was SHIT SCARED. I didn’t believe I’d be good enough, and the idea of speaking in front of a room full of people absolutely TERRIFIED me.
The really crazy thing is the realisation that my subconscious beliefs were so deeply engrained that I managed to fool my own mind, convincing myself that it wasn’t something I wanted to do, all because of FEAR.
What I’m trying to say is, look past your fears and tap into your personal truth. What did you like doing as a child? What things give you joy? Rather than thinking about what you want to do, try to focus on how you want to FEEL. Let your emotions be your guide.
I love yoga because it gives me a sense of inner peace on and off the mat. I feel great in my body and my mind is calm. Maybe for you your passion is cooking because it gives you a feeling of satisfaction when you make a delicious meal with your own bare hands. Or maybe it’s sky diving because it gives you an adrenaline rush and fills you with excitement. What I’m saying is focus on the FEELING you get when you do things.
Now wanting to try new things is great, it helps you figure out what you like and what you don’t like. You might have heard of the saying ‘Jack of all trades, master of none.’ Well it’s SO true. In order to REALLY get good at something you have to focus your energy on just one or two things and do the work. Remember, where mind goes, energy flows!😉