“The way to achieve your own success is to be willing to help somebody else get it first” – Iyanla Vanzantt
We know that getting what we want only makes us happy for a moment, and then the happiness passes until a new object of desire presents itself. Joy is a permanent aspect of our inner selves and is not separate from us at any point. We do not have to travel to find it or imagine that it resides only in the body of another. In fact, what the best teachers will do is point out that this very precious elixir is something we already possess.
So when we find ourselves on our path, not knowing which way to turn and wishing for guidance, we can turn to ourselves. We may not know the right answer rationally or intellectually, but if we simply ask, let go, and wait patiently, an answer will come. The more we practice this and trust this process, the less we will look outside ourselves for teachers and guides for we will have successfully become our own.
Day 21: Share Your Story of Mindfulness
Task 1: Morning Routine (does not have to be in this order, just do all) (45-60min)
Meditation – (15min)
Move – (5min)
Silence – Sit and do your morning minute (1min)
Journal – Set your timer and write for 10min *3 gratitude’s + anything that comes to mind* (10min)
Read – Set your timer and read anything you choose for 10 min *No blogs or social media* (10min)
Plan – Break out your mindfulness sheets or planner and set your intentions for the day. (10min)
Task 2: Tell someone about your journey over the last three weeks.
Why: Sharing your story allows you to reflect and reinforce what you’ve learned. It’s important to share the vulnerabilities—what you struggled with, and how you overcame obstacles or what you still struggle with.
We practiced vulnerability on Day 12 when we expressed gratitude toward someone we care about. Courage is how we grow mentally and emotionally. We cannot be courageous without being vulnerable. Sharing our story is the best way to lean into our vulnerability because we can regulate how much we’re willing and able to be vulnerable at a given time. While we can’t completely control how much vulnerability we expose ourselves to, this is the best way to start.
Congratulations! In just three short weeks you’ve applied the foundational principles of proactive mental health and started a ripple of positivism in your world.
You have no idea how powerful you are. Hopefully by embarking on this challenge you’ve realized how much you can improve yourself in just three weeks.
Imagine how much you can achieve if you continue to be brave and push yourself outside your comfort zone for the rest of the year and beyond!
If you loved this challenge and want to continue your morning routine, below are some resources that can help you.