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So there I was, on stage, right next to Cole, along with about a dozen other people, as we fought to be the last one standing in this endurance challenge in order to win a $10,000 VIP day with Shanda Sumpter, the leader of the event and one of my coaches.

Throughout the challenge, which up until this point had lasted 45 minutes (yes, 45 minutes with our arms up.  Try it.), Shanda was making up new rules that added difficulty.  For example, “if you move your arm, sit down,” “if you talk, sit down.” (It’s really hard not to verbally express the discomfort you feel in a moment such as the one we were in.)  Once the dozen who were left got on stage as per her request, the next rule was “Pick up one foot, if it touches the ground, sit down,” which caused a domino effect of many participants losing their shot to win the VIP day.

At this point, Cole and I were on stage together, right next to each other, her on the left with her right arm up and me on the right with my left arm up, synchronizing our breath (prana) and our focus (drishti).  As I mentioned in the last post, I know that having her there is what got me to this point.

 

“Lift your leg out straight in front of you.”

 

And then Cole lost her balance.

And then it was just me.

 

On stage at this point were 5 of us.  My “community” wasn’t there anymore, so it was back to me and my thoughts.

I wanted the VIP day.  I wanted to learn and grow for myself and for my clients.  I was fully committed.

 

But then my left calf (of the standing leg) REALLY started to hurt.  Like burn.  Like it was on fire.  My mind was telling my leg that it was on fire and needed to rest.  My mind told me to stop being crazy and go sit down.  My mind–

And then I lost my balance.

And I was out.

 

My mental drama took me out.

 

I was literally just a few people away (and ultimately minutes away) from winning…but I didn’t.

 

Has this ever happened to you?  Have you ever been so close to winning, but then your mental drama took you out of the game?

Despite not winning, as I mentioned in the first article on this, I was still SO excited to prove to myself how strong I really am.  I truly had no idea, and it was a total surprise to me.  That being said, it definitely would have been great to win.  To not let my mental drama be the reason that I didn’t get something that I wanted.  I know that next time I am going to show up fully, push through all of the noise, and see myself as the winner on the other side.

It reminded me of something my colleague, Nicole Moore (love coach extraordinaire) said about staying committed:

“There is so much more drama in NOT committing to and sticking with a plan. It feels scary at first, but intimacy, honesty and vulnerability is actually a lot easier than all the games we play and mental drama we put ourselves through.”

Elegantly put, and so brilliant.

So now I want to turn it back to you…

Where are you allowing your mental drama to take you out?  What would it look and feel like for you to recommit to your VISION and actually get to the other side?

I would LOVE to hear your vision and plan to recommit–getting past the mental drama– in the comment area below!  Get serious with yourself.  Get honest with yourself.  And hold yourself accountable in this forum!

 

Til next time… Namasté!

Julie

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At this point, my arm had been up for 40 minutes, I was balancing on one foot, and I was on stage with four other people.  Out of the 300 that started.

The ache in my arm was numb….but my calf felt like it was going to break in two as my fine motor muscles worked so hard to try and keep me balanced so that I could obtain my vision of winning the Grand Prize, a $10,000 VIP day that would help me completely transform as a person, coach, and teacher.

Right there amidst it all, literally right next to me on stage, was my dear friend, Cole Bombino, certified health coach and yoga teacher.

She and I practice together almost every day–if not in a physical yoga practice then in an intention-setting exercise that we implement early every morning to spiritually and energetically align with our vision and our day’s intentions.

Even at the beginning of this challenging physical exercise in stamina, she and I actually started breathing in unison.

Her breath, her energy, and her presence helped me feel safe and it helped me feel strong.  I mentioned in Part 1 of this story that my vision was so strong and kept me so focused that I was even able to withstand nearly unbearable physical pain in order to achieve what was an important goal to me.

When we were called on stage, with our arms out and shoulders aching, Cole and I stood together in solidarity, breathing as one strong whole–a whole that was much, much stronger than the sum of its component parts.

And my singular connection to my vision only got me so far.

Surprise #2:

Without Cole there, I know for a fact that I would have given up much, much sooner.

They say there is power in numbers, power in community.  Cole, in that moment, and so much in my life, is my community.  Because of her support and constant energy, I succeed every day, and because of her support and energy at that challenging moment in time, I was one of the last contestants standing for this enormous prize.

In my next post, I will reveal Surprise #3…. and THE OUTCOME!!!!

In the meantime, how could you start to cultivate a stronger community?  Do you find it difficult to constantly stay connected to your vision, your ultimate reason for why you do what you do?  In what ways do you “give up” or “drop the ball” where you may not have if you had someone who bolstered you in moments of weakness? 

Let me know in the comments below, along with the action step you will take to create a partnership, a mentorship, or a peer community in your life that will support you right at those moments when, as one of my amazingly brilliant coaches says, you feel like you’re going to “give up five minutes before the miracle happens.”

Much love and Namasté!

Julie

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It was burning.  It was shaking.  The ache penetrated all the way down to my bones.

My arm had been up for 20 minutes at this point and there was no telling how much longer I would have to hold it there.  15 more minutes?  30 more minutes?  Another hour?

The rule was to keep our arm up straight in front of us (zombie-style), until we were the last person in the room (of 300 people) to be able to keep it up.  The goal?  To win a prize valued at $10,000 (a private VIP day with one of my coaches).

My vision was clear.  I wanted private time with this genius of a woman because I knew I would learn skills and content that would grow me into a better coach, better person, and better teacher.

20 minutes in.  Half the room had sat down.

30 minutes in.  I was one of 10 people left.

My yoga practice always has a way of showing itself at the most unexpected of times.  Here I was, in a large conference event, dressed to the T with my coaching colleagues, and the only thing in my field of perspective was my third eye, and my breathe.

I’ll be honest with you.  I had NO idea I could hold my arm up indefinitely.  But truly, with my eyes closed, my vision clear, and my breath settled into a powerful ujayi rhythm, I could have absolutely held my arm up…for forever.

The pain actually subsided.  25 minutes in or so…I completely stopped noticing it.  All I had was my vision and my breath.  I even had a smile on my face.  At that point, it didn’t actually matter if I won or if I lost.  It was a complete surprise, but I actually learned a lesson in that moment that may have even been more powerful than a $10,000 VIP day, and here it is:

I am so much stronger than I realize.

And you, reader, are so much stronger than you realize.  How would you live your day differently, and make decisions differently, if you had an opportunity to prove to yourself that your mind could tolerate the discomfort and resistance necessary sometimes in growing into your more authentic, vibrant, and thriving self?  How would you push yourself in your physical practice (yoga, running, dancing, etc) if you could realize that your edge may be just a few breaths later than you initially think?  Could you allow yourself to be so connected to your vision that you could give yourself the time and the space to prove to yourself your absolute inner strength???

In next week’s post, I will let you in on Surprise #2, and what ended up happening!

For the meantime, what is something you can do RIGHT NOW that you never thought you could do or do at the level that you would like to?  Allow yourself the time and the space to consider it–and then go do it.  Hold yourself accountable here in the below comment section.  Can’t wait to hear from you!

Much love and Namasté!

Julie

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