So it’s been just over a week since I started my “Success Practice” experiment. I can honestly say I’ve learnt a few things and had a few surprises too.
My husband and I have “reclaimed” our living room again now that the TV is gone! Our house is tidier, our days are more productive, and we’re finding that we have all this free time again. Now, we didn’t get rid of the TV altogether – it’s just in the spare bedroom. But in the last week, we’ve hired one movie (Sully – we loved this movie and I’d recommend it!) so that’s the only thing we watched this week. We spent more time sitting and chatting, more time at the beach, more time drinking tea, and went to bed when we were tired. The TV is not returning to the lounge room!
I’ve found that meditation is OUTSTANDINGLY powerful! At the beginning of the week, I started using Tony Robbins’ Priming Exercise each morning. Then over the weekend, I attended an amazing personal development course with Authentic Education, and learnt to meditate without needing an audio guide. This new process I’ve found to give me significantly more peace, calm, and it also helps to delay my response time to things that might ordinarily upset or annoy me. The meditation practice has been so worthwhile, I’m keeping it forever! I’m committed to meditating every single morning (for somewhere between 5 and 20 minutes) before starting my day.
So, the first two parts of the experiment were great, but the third part – Morning Movement – just wasn’t fun for me. Yes, I did my exercise each morning for the full seven days, but I found it really unpleasant. I couldn’t hold a plank for as long, I couldn’t do as many squat reps, and I was out of breath much faster. However, I’ve found that when I exercise in the afternoons, I feel much stronger and my results improve. So, while I’m not giving up the exercise, I’m just moving it back to the afternoons, when I can enjoy it more.
Now that I’ve finished this Success Practice Experiment, I’m looking for some more practices to try… I’m thinking that starting a gratitude journal might be next??