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Building grit to get you through

If you have a dream or a goal and you want to make that a reality, you must have the discipline and the grit to stick with it through good times and bad.

So many of us start a project, a diet, an exercise program, a practice of non-judgement or some other daily spiritual practice, and it’s fun in the beginning. But, at some point we lose interest and the motivation we once had starts to fade. We find ourselves getting distracted by other things, and our original goal gets pushed aside. We slip up and slide back down.

This can be demoralizing, and sometimes it’s enough to make us give up on that dream altogether. We use excuses and justify our actions, but deep down inside, we feel bad about ourselves. Why can’t we just see it through? Why do we always go back?

Well, here’s what I say. Stop beating yourself up! It doesn’t matter why you chose to eat that pint of Ben and Jerry’s last night, or why you stopped journaling last week. What matters is that you DO NOT give up on yourself. You certainly have what it takes, and by building your focus, self-discipline and grit, you will find it easier to get through the sticky parts and stay on course.

You may have heard of a popular TedTalk delivered by teacher and speaker Angela Duckworth. In it, she explains that grit, or the capacity to passionately stick with goals for the long run is the number one predictor in success for her students.

Grit works, people. It’s what you rely on when every other part of you wants to give up.

Kundalini master Yogi Bhajan says, “Keep up, and you will be kept up.”

When things get hard, you get stronger. Your brain changes and grows in response to challenge. Challenge yourself. Build your power and grit with this strong kundalini yoga kriya.

Leave a comment, and let me know how it went for you. And, if you like the video, be sure to subscribe for more.

Sat Nam my friends.

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