"This week, I intend, among other things, to look fabulous!"
Over the weekend, I had a brief talk with someone about depression. And he said the first step he took to get out of that state of mind was making up his mind to do so. Depression is quite the extensive topic, but I wanted to highlight the fact that change starts with the mind. There are so many places to go from here. But for today, I'd like to focus on more short-term/routine change...
At the beginning of yoga practice, we typically take a few minutes to meditate during which we set our intention for practice which basically involves making a mental decision to achieve one goal or another.
I am always very conscious of my state of mind. Every Sunday evening, I like to take some time to mentally round up the weekend and prepare myself for the week. This helps me get out of an overly laid back state of mind and to prepare for the grind. I find that doing this helps prevent the blues on Monday morning, helps me assess my workload for the week so I don't get overwhelmed with what I should have been expecting, and gives me a nice starting-off boost. During this time, I'm able to set my intention for the week and wake up with the right mindset. And I realize my better weeks are the weeks where I am more successful at doing so.
How can it be an unsuccessful practice? Consciousness unfortunately is not mastery. There are times where I may set an intention and not really buy it myself. And I start off my week feeling like I'm treading through mud.
So if you haven't already, why not take 5 minutes today, examine where you are mentally, set your intention for where you want to be and what you want to achieve this week, and begin to operate in that mindset regardless of your circumstances.