Today, I woke up pretty darn happy. I haven’t felt this way in the morning for months, so it was a welcome change.
A happy wake-up means that instead of moving into the “Oh No’s,” a series of thoughts that occur when I think about a future I’m worried about, I find myself thinking positive thoughts. It is no exaggeration to say that I am thrilled to experience this change and hope it lasts.
Leaving the yoga teacher training means that I can focus on other, more primary goals. But more importantly, the u-turn means that I’m no longer way out of my comfort zone. I don’t mind learning new things, but YTT was too many new tricks for this old dog.
So, how do I prevent myself for signing up for another expensive program in the future that isn’t really what I want? Put another way, did I fall victim to my own wishful thinking and/or take inadequate time to do my research?
Perfection is impossible, but prudence suggests that I ask myself in the future, “Why do you REALLY want or need this, Scott?” and pause to let the answers bubble up before making a commitment. I think I have a habit of shooting from the hip, afraid that I’ll lose my nerve and miss an opportunity.
Diving or jumping into the deep end of the pool is okay if it’s a pool. But when it’s more consequential, it may be better to learn to take one step at a time.