Corporate Tattooed Yogi
Part One: Setting Practical Intentions
Whenever somebody told me to ‘set your intentions’, I always found it to be so half-baked. But setting intentions is the most important practice of my life. Without it, I am doomed to experience stress, anger, discomfort, and anxiety.
Aren’t intentions obvious? I want to get everything done and be the best at everything! The let down is there was setting expectations for myself and letting myself down. It took me such a long time to realize that I couldn’t be everything and couldn’t do it all… and that is a good thing.
After working in Advertising around the globe; anxiety became a part of me that I never asked for. Stress was the sugar in my coffee that propelled me through the day. I started to lose a natural innate drive that was once so prominent. I started to realize that doing everything wasn’t as important as doing one thing really well.
Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. — Swami Sivananda
I decided to go back to my roots and dwell in a spiritual process that has worked for me and many. I decided to be a reborn Yogi. This is exactly what it sounds like. How else would I be able to handle a strenuous job at an advertising agency, impending wedding planning, friends and family, a fiancee / husband person, and a home full of kittens.
Doing yoga is a lot more than getting tight in some downward dogs. While evolving my practice; I learned how to ‘set intentions’, not only for my practice but for my daily life. The practice is not as daunting as it seems. Before I begin a task; I set aside 30–60 seconds to internalize what I am about to do. I define a realistic goal and my motive behind the action and I get to work.
Even the simplest task can be benefited by this yogic practice. I used to fear having conference calls because I knew that I was going to have a hard time editing a spreadsheet, managing paid ads, and paying attention to the screen share and presenter on the call at the same time. Little did I know that I was setting myself up for failure. The goal is to be present on the call and set my intentions to do so. Can everything be this easy?
Setting your intentions is very simple.
Be realistic and be present.
Focus on what you want to achieve at the moment and allow for disappointment as part of the outcome.