This phrase has been ever-present in my life the past few weeks. It's been a focus in 2 separate yoga classes, and was discussed in a business meeting just this week as well.
It's been stopped me in my tracks every time.
"How you do anything is how you do everything."
Let me paint you a picture of Yoga Alli.
She is not very Zen.
I decided a number of months ago, for a variety of reasons that I needed to start showing up to yoga. For the first few weeks of classes, I gave myself permission to be kind to my self for just making it there. Yoga has never been a passion, and moving slowly has never been my forte. But it was something I needed to do for personal growth- physical, mental, emotional and spiritual growth - to contribute to the personal vision I have for myself.
The self talk that went on during the 75 minute Moksha classes was enough to make your head spin. I'm sure my yoga neighbours could feel the negative energy dripping out of every sweaty pore of mine. I'm sure the instructor thought, "she won't be back."
A furrowed brow at hard postures, coming out of movements early because I was annoyed at how long I had to spend in them, flopping my hands around and skipping the details during breathing exercises because my body wasn't responding the way I wanted to and it frustrated me.
If how I do anything is how I do everything - then this means that the person I am OFF of the yoga mat is skipping details, being angry or not following through.
But that isn't me.
Or, at least, that's not the me I want showing up everyday. That's not how I want to approach my friends, family, relationships & business.
So I kept showing up.
Each class posed challenges, the furrowed brow came back, the desire to quit early, the half-assed movements because my body doesn't do flexibility very well.
I acknowledged these feelings, and moved on.... and slowly, small improvements came.
Your day to day moments reflect how you life your whole life.
It's easy to excuse having a bad attitude or being rude to somebody else because you're having a "bad day."
Or blame lack of enthusiasm for getting out of bed in the morning because of work stress and looming deadling.
When the weather turns, you fall into a funk and get out of your exercise routine.
But how you do anything is how you do everything. Regardless of circumstance. Regardless of how other people treat you, regardless of external variables from work.
You show up as the person that YOU want to be.
If you've defined your personal vision, reflect on that.
I want to be someone who follows through with great ideas.
I want to be someone who pays attention to detail.
I want to be someone who makes others feel lifted, or inspired.
More mindfulness towards your "anything" moments will yield a fulfilling "everything" life.
- Dr. Alli