No More Excuses: Part 3 of 3
Part 3 of a three-pronged approach to experiencing our potential and moving beyond limitations.
Regardless of the direction we want to take, whether it’s starting a business or learning the tango, spending time with someone who knows the “dance” provides clarity and enhances our journey. If we want to reduce stress, expand our awareness and get clear on who we are and what we want, the teacher/mentor relationship is not only recommended—it is essential. This relationship is not unique to yoga; many scientists, business owners, and athletes credit the support of a mentor or teacher as aiding in their success.
# 3 Teacher: We can’t see our own shadow
Mentors, coaches, teachers, therapists and healers are there to catch our blindspots and offer clear direction. No matter where we are in our lives, we can all benefit from guidance on the path we are on or aspire to embark upon.
Having the courage to follow through and the wisdom to ask for help is all that we need to move forward.
Good teachers are good students. No matter how advanced we may be in our field of expertise, there are times when we are the student. Allowing for the opportunity to be mentored (identifying where we need help and asking for it) and creating space to mentor others (identifying our strengths and sharing them) requires the first prong of self-awareness. The balance of being both a student and a teacher brings equanimity to daily life.
A teacher helps us break down the patterns that prevent us from reaching our goals and moving beyond excuses. Take a step back from the “busy-ness” of daily life and ask yourself: what must I develop to create a balance between self-awareness, uplifting community and supportive guidance? And then set yourself up for success. No more excuses!
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