How to create an Iron Will for Daily Meditation ?

Think about this: when we commit to a new habit or project or event, we’re often only really half in. We’re not fully in, playing full out. Think about any commitments you’ve made this year — did you treat them as if they were the most important thing in the world, and put yourself fully in them?

This “half in” attitude affects everything we do:

  • You say you’re going to eat healthier but that goes out the door when donuts are in the room.
  • You go to yoga class (or any class really) and your mind is half on the other things you need to do today.
  • You do something with your kid, or another loved one, but you’re not fully there, not fully in it.
  • You say you’ll attend an event, but you don’t really want to go. Maybe you cancel, or maybe you go but you don’t show up fully.
  • You are on a project, but in truth you feel it as a burden, and procrastinate, moving through it without heart or devotion.

Do any of these sound familiar? There are thousands of other variations. It’s about not showing up fully devoted, not sticking to something with incredible commitment and presence.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Make a solid commitment to doing this challenge every day for the rest of the month (no matter when you are starting).
  2. Set a daily reminder to meditate every morning (or evening if you can’t do mornings, but pick only one time).
  3. Practice. All you have to do is sit still for two minutes a day, and meditate. Tune in to your breath, your body, your surroundings. If you already have a practice, you can do that.

That’s it. Make an iron-willed commitment. Be solid in your heart. Don’t question whether you’re going to do it or not, just do it.

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