Visualize Your Vision:
Once I had created my one year vision I began to work backwards in 3-month increments. Looking at small, action steps (based on the SMART goal process below) I could take to reach my 3-month goals and ultimately live my greater vision.
Allison and I created accountability with one another and scheduled quarterly coffee dates or phone calls where we could chat about our progress, brainstorm ideas for overcoming challenges, empathize about failures and celebrate successes. While my original timeline has come and gone, the process of creating a vision and setting small SMART goals and action steps has remained a part of my life as I continue to build a greater vision for my career, relationships and health and wellness.
SMART Goals in Action!
First, I researched forearm stand, methods, suggestions and the anatomy of the pose. I found a great tutorial online that gave you a clear plan for learning how to do forearm stand starting with your body near a wall, building core strength and then finally moving to the center of the room and getting some air time. It was super challenging at first. I fell into my dresser, the bed and the floor a few times, but I kept at it 3 nights a week until I felt stronger (and braver!) and was able to rock a pretty sweet forearm stand in the center of the room!
This is What I Know to Be True....
In life, and on your yoga mat, you can’t rush through the small steps to get to the finish line. You have to explore, experiment and create a strong foundation before you can stand tall, living your vision or on your forearms in the center of the room! I know that you need an accountability partner, friend or yoga teacher to bounce ideas off of, support you (mentally and physically) and celebrate each step towards you reaching your goals. I know that you will experience lapses, make wrong turns, wobble, falter and maybe even take a tumble or two. The strength lies in your unwavering commitment to your vision and belief that you can accomplish your goals no matter what.
So, what does your vision look like? I’d love to hear what goals you have in mind for the next 6 months of 2016. Comment below with your vision, goals or if you have any forearm or handstand tips.
Cheers! Meghan Jane Stegemann