MASTER PRECISION & TRANSFORM

Today lead and guide yourself and those around you with precision. Notice how the outcomes these opportunities bring you naturally transform.
 
From the time we are little we are taught how to set a goal and then how to masterfully attain it. As a kid one of the first goals I set out to achieve, that comes to my mind, was to clean my room. Determined, with not a lot of choice but to achieve the goal, I set out to do it. My time line was longer than the adults had expected, but they didn’t say within the hour. Upon examination of my room where I put the messy stuff caused a bit of anxiety for the adults but they never said not to push it all under the bed. It was the detail of getting to the goal I had to learn but no one told me what the details were so I did my best. My bed wasn’t made with two hospital corners – nope the bedspread just pulled up over the pillow with sheets a jumble underneath. I loved my bedspread – bright purple and pink flowers - to me that was key not the white boring sheets underneath; who the heck needs a hospital corner? Were my parents bound to only one outcome not seeing the gift in my creative style or had they left out important details that would have enabled my success had I known them? My room surely looked ‘clean’ to me but not to them and they kindly let me know it. ‘That’s not what we had in mind’ they said. Imagine my disappointment. I felt burdened and discouraged. With more detail, now that they knew they missed so many, they lovingly explained how I could meet their expectation. I mean no disrespect to my sweet parents here, it is just a perfect example of how invested we often get in an outcome but our expectations around how to get there are so very unclear.
 
This trips me up even today at 56 years old. I manage a lot of people. At this stage it is just under 70. I work with countless departments that I am dependent on and by god if this lack of clear expectation setting isn’t the thing that trips me up every time I don’t know what is? It can be as simple as ‘by the end of the day I expect a report on your progress’. Easy enough, right? Wrong! My end of day was 4:30pm, hers was 5:30. Holy cow I never thought to ask that detail. I am learning the value of being precise and clear. Yet again I can’t help but look to my Yoga practice to guide me even when I am off my mat. Here is what I have come to know precision is a very important aspect of my Yoga teaching, as well as, in my own personal Yoga practice. In order to get a student into a pose safely the words I select to guide them into the pose are critical. As I lead them there, strong and confident, it is my hope that my precise instruction helps them truly feel and experience what the posture can do for their bodies and their minds. I watch carefully taking note on whether I need to suggest enhancement or reduction of a pose so success is achieved and bodies are protected.  As I develop my own practice I too work to mindfully master a posture, moving in and out of it thoughtfully one nourishing breath at a time. With precision and intention I can see my body transform and because of this my own strength and inner confidence grows. As I gracefully glide into and out of each pose over and over I check and adjust with rigor, attention and great care.  My life is transforming, my mind is quieting and peace abounds one fine outcome after the next on and off my mat.
 
Today lead and guide yourself and those around you with precision. Notice how the outcomes these opportunities bring you naturally transform. 

Laurien Hamilton