Why I'm Meditating Daily for the Next 30 Days

I started meditating and doing affirmations back in 2011. It was a really amazing and interesting experience. I was manifesting what I wanted in my life very quickly, and when problems arose I was able to tackle them clearly and head-on.

I would wake up in the morning, go to my list of affirmations and find one that resonated with whatever I was feeling or wanting to focus on that day. After 20 minutes I'd feel empowered, calm, and ready to take on the day. It was an awesome way to start, and I was really proud of myself for doing it.

Then, I got off track. I would say to my friends, "I really need to meditate and get back into doing affirmations. It really helps me, and I'm so calm and clear. I *need* it." And then, I wouldn't do it. Or I would do it for a few days out of the week, feel awesome, and then stop again. Then came Deepak Chopra and Oprah's 21 Day Free Meditation Series. A guided meditation series that was only 20 minutes a day and it was free! Great, right? Every time I've done them I've never gotten past maybe the 8th day in terms of doing it consistently. So finally, I bought one (Finding Your Flow) where I could have access on my phone, and make it easier for myself to meditate no matter where I was.

But still, I have everything I need and I still can't seem to take regular action for a period of more than two weeks at a time. Last night I was doing some research on changing habits and came across this amazing Marie Forleo interview with Todd Herman. It was right on time, because it talks about the biological and chemical process that our bodies go through when we are making changes. It also helped me realize that there are physiological reasons we may self-sabotage and stop doing things that we know are really good for us when it comes to making changes.

It's time to make a change.
I know how important meditation has been in my life. It keeps me clear, grounded, and the anxious spiraling thoughts that come naturally for a recovering perfectionist who's an entrepreneur and has a never-ending to-do list are shooed away effortlessly when I engage in the habit regularly.

If you follow me on instagram, you've already seen my experience of eating super clean for 30 days (#whole30challenge) and also getting back into being active and exercising over a 30 day period (#shapeup2015). So why not give myself another challenge to focus on particular habits for 30 days?

The Mind + Body + Business Challenge (#mbb30 #mindbodybusiness30)
One thing I know for sure is that we can't be great in our businesses (including the business of life) if we are not physically and mentally fit. Being fit can have different meanings for people, but at the end of the day, I think we can all agree that doing the things that help us operate at our very best is key.

Over the next 30 days I will be doing the following:

1. Meditating at least 1 time for 20 minutes on a daily basis preferably in the morning
2. Doing 15 minutes of yoga (sun salutations) at least 3 times a week in the mornings
3. Journaling daily gratitude and appreciation in the evenings
4. Sharing my journey

This is important to me because:
This is where all of my goals for the year in terms of what I want to accomplish in my life and business come together. By engaging in routines that take care of my body (exercise, nutrition, proper sleep habits, etc) and mind (meditation, gratitude, reflection), I will create a habit of doing what's necessary to be my best self. I'll be better able to deal with the inevitable ups and downs of my life and business. I'll be better able to shift back into the right forward-moving energy when things get rough, and I'll be as present as possible when things start coming together in ways I've dreamed about.

Are you working on yourself in a way that fully supports your Mind, Body, and Business? If so, I'd love to hear your journey and process. If not, join me and let's support each other on working towards that awesome, thriving, kick-ass version of ourselves.

If we want to do bigger and better things we've got to think, do, and manage ourselves in a bigger way.  

-What does it look like for you to be at your very best? What does it feel like when you wake up in the morning? When you go about your day? When you look at yourself in the mirror?