Do you ever have a case of the Mondays? maybe every monday 😆 yeah me too, especially when it came to building my spiritual practice about 10 years ago.
Motivation and Consistency go hand and hand with each other. Whether you’ve been guns blazing since the new year began or you’re still struggling to get your motivation juices flowing, I want to tell you a secret that may potentially help.
It’s Called Self-Motivation Triggers!
I honestly just made that up, (maybe it’s a thing) BUT it works.
Do you have your own self-motivational triggers?
I recently downloaded an app to help boost my routine, it’s called Roubit (It’s like Animal crossing pocket camp for your Routine & building habits) and I added a SIREN Alarm for my Exercise Routine on my phone.
…..Guys it scares the crap out of me every time I hear it 😆 but it works.
It helps keep me consistent and it’s often very loud so I’m immediately alert on the task at hand.
It’s now a Self-motivational trigger for me to get up and do my daily Exercise/Movement break.
Sometimes That is all it takes.
There are many different self-motivators out there to help you stay consistent.
In the New year, getting back into the flow of things, being more consistent on your new goals or new aspired spiritual practice – It can be hard!
This week’s episode I wanted to spend some time talking about a very common problem in the spiritual community.
How do I get more consistent with my spiritual practice?!
If you have a hard time with self-motivation, Getting in the flow zone, or simply being consistent – You’re going to love this one,
Want to Explore each self-motivating Tip I have for your Spiritual practice?
Catch the full Episode on the Youtube or Season 3 of the Podcast.
Get Your foundation Right First for your Practice
When you understand your form of Consistency, it can be incredibly powerful for spiritual growth. However, a lot of us can struggle with this because What is one person’s form of consistency is different from another person’s form of consistency. When it comes to consistency in spiritual practice, there are a few things that you should keep in mind to help build a solid foundation for your spiritual practice.
What do you want to do for your Practice?
Without a doubt, you have to know what you want to do for your spiritual practice. I know it sounds obvious, but some people will be like, well, one day I want to meditate, then oracle cards and visualization , then sound frequencies on youtube. I get it, It’s fine if you want to just tune into your intuition and see what you want to do.
However, it’s so much easier when you set a date with yourself and get clear.
For example, if you have a set practice of meditation.
Do you have a playlist of those meditations or do you just meditate by pranayama or somatic breath? Okay, now if you have that, where are you meditating?
Do you have a space where you show up to every day to meditate or is it random?
Like some days it’s in bed, some days it’s on the couch, some days it’s over here. The problem with moving things around so fluidly is we have to remember that we are creatures of habit.
When we don’t honor the fact of our human behavior, we often will fall off track more easily if we were just doing things by habit.
Another example, is if you have a visualization practice, maybe you set aside a jar full of ideas to pull from for visualization. This is actually something I’ve heard many people like to do for a manifestation practice. They have a visualization jar full of the scenarios they want to visualize and they have this jar in an easy-to-access place so they can stay consistent with their visualization practice.
In the same regard, if you have a journaling practice, do you have a place to journal?
Where do you journal? Do you own a journal, for starters? Like, You can’t get started on your talk of journaling practice if you forget to buy the journal. These pointers seem obvious but we have to honor our human behavior and get the foundations right first.
Your Foundation Check List:
- Remember We are Creatures of Habit – FIRST
- What is your Space Or Place You Practice?
- Do you have the Materials Ready to go?
- What do you choose to do?
Number one, What is Your spiritual practice?
- Spiritual Prayer
- Sound Frequencies
- Intention Setting Practice
- Talking to Spirit Guides/Higher Self/God
- Bible Study and prayer
- Chakra Healing Prompts
- Crystals and Oils
- Other ideas
Now, secondly, Do you make it easy for yourself to do it?
If you have a meditation practice, do you have a playlist on your phone or your computer that you can turn to for those meditations? Create a Youtube Playlist, a Apple or Spotify Playlist.
Do you already have them good to go? This will help you create more consistency more easily in your daily practice. Here’s the thing, we have to deal with our resistance every day and sometimes the hardest part is literally showing up. The hardest part is battling the negative or egoic resistance to simply showing up. That’s half of the battle.
So the best thing you can ever do for yourself is to make it as easy as possible to show up. Because that will help when it comes to combating the resistance. It’s easier to show up when your yoga mat is already in the living room, same with putting on your workout clothes to workout each day. In the same regard, it’s easier to show up, when you have the clarity already in place. Example: I journal every day at the kitchen table at 7am. I work out at 1pm. I meditate at 8pm.
Then if you really want some brownie points: I highly recommend getting a habit or routine tracker to help you stay motivated or incentivize yourself to show up even more! This is the beauty of Consistency!
Begin to Think about: How you can Start to make it easier for yourself? How can I make it so that I will be committed to show up?
Making it Easier Check list:
- Make a Playlist
- Have a Visualization Jar full of Ideas
- Set a Date and Time
- Have the Clothes or Outfit Ready
- Put it in a Planner or Habit Tracker App
Third, When do you practice?
Change Begins in our Daily Routines. Would you like to practice in the morning? practice in the evening or practice at midday?
You have to realize that it’s almost like you’re jumpstarting a habit. This is what consistency is built on.
Now, if you like to do it in the morning, I invite you to explore, how is your morning routine? What do you do for your morning routine?
Do you immediately just reach for your phone? Because I bet you’re probably going to be less likely to meditate. Instead of reaching for your phone, maybe you should meditate before reaching the phone. For example, you want to kind of just play with this, in terms of how can you create a better routine for yourself so that you are working in favor of your personal needs.
In the same regard, with an evening routine, if it’s to meditate for 15 minutes, but yet you have to deal with, more unpredictable family time tasks (putting away dinner, dealing with homework, kid bedtimes, dance practice, Movie nights, etc. ) As much as you’d like to, you’re not going to commit to that because you’re unpredictably busy. Honor your own Routine but be reasonable with yourself.
Be Flexible and explore; what is your aligned schedule?
What is my dream schedule for my spiritual practice?
Fourth, Give yourself a Challenge to Stay Ultra Committed To Success
Consistency is created through momentum and repetition. It’s also created through intention.
But at the end of the day, what it really comes back to is my favorite thing, It’s a challenge.
One of the easiest ways to get more consistent is to create a challenge for yourself.
Whether it’s 28 days, 30 days, 40 days, 90 days, 60 days. It doesn’t matter! It’s important to create a challenge for yourself to show up because this will trigger the reward centers in your brain to motivate you to show up each day. Find Your Why. Make it an incentive if it aligns with your lifestyle and values.
At the same time, to develop a consistent thread of momentum, you have to allow yourself to show up with repetition. Now, repetition is part of what creates a challenge, a challenge!
The repetition will allow you to create it into a habit, and that’s what builds momentum.
So when you think about how, when it goes to any level of thread of consistency, it might not be that you want to start. Gun, ho, and do seven days of meditation all at once, but you could do meditation for three days out of the week
The next week, you bump it up to four days out of the week. Then you stay at four days a week, and then you kind of ease into five days a week. And then after five days a week, you can go to six days a week. Now, this is a very valuable tool for consistency because what it does is it doesn’t trip your nervous system to be overwhelmed by change.
Don’t Change too Rapidly
it’s part of your biology that If you change too rapidly, you will start to self-sabotage unconsciously because your nervous system won’t handle it well. It doesn’t feel safe to go the extra mile yet, but that’s okay because that just means you need to dial it back a little.
bump it down. Instead, 5 days a week, do 3 days a week.
I’ve done many different challenges off and on throughout the years. For example, I’ve done manifestation challenges where I do 30 days of intention setting. I’ve done gratitude challenges of 30 days of gratitude.
These work. Above all, they work because there’s so much momentum behind it that builds it into a habit.
As a result, eventually that creates a snowball effect. Suddenly you notice, you’ll have more spiritual guidance, spiritual wisdom & growth. You may experience better health as you’ll feel more calm in your nervous system. The list can go on and on and on, but what you’ll ultimately find is that you’re more in a place of spiritual alignment.
I hope this conversation deeply served you.
I’d love to know, which one do you think you going to work on next?
Are you going to work on where you meditate? What you want to do for your spiritual practice?
I’d love to know what is your spiritual practice? I’m always intrigued on knowing what is everyone’s unique spiritual practice because it’s such a fascinating thing.
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