Work the Basics: 10 Practices to take your growth game to the next level
Working the basics is such an important part of our personal and spiritual growth. Just like anything else you are building—a house, a project, a muscle, your mind—it takes time and commitment. Without a strong foundation, whatever it is that you’re creating, will eventually fall apart.
Showing up for yourself and working the basics every single day is one of the most powerful things you can do. And guess what? We all have access.
Here are some of my favorite “basic” practices that you can start integrating today. These have allowed me to make big changes in my personal and spiritual life and continue to expand my growth to places I never thought I’d go.
From my heart to yours.
Meditation. This doesn’t have to be fancy. All you need is a comfortable, clean space and some uninterrupted time to sit in stillness. Set a goal to sit for 20 minutes but start off small. Sit for 2 minutes at first and then add a minute or two each day until you have reached your goal.
Journaling. Get it out of your head and onto paper. This is another practice that does not have to look a certain way. The important thing is that you show up and put pen to paper. Write down your thoughts and fears. Make a list of what keeps you tossing and turning at night. Clear out the negative thoughts that take up space in your head and begin to process what has built up over time.
Write out your goals every single day. And then repeat. This is as simple as it sounds (but one of the most powerful in attracting what you want to create). Identify what you want and then claim it over and over again.
Affirmations. Create an affirmation by starting with the words “I am.” Write your affirmation statement in the present tense and make it super specific. Who do you want to be? What do you want to be? How do you want to show up? Repeat your affirmation every single day. Write it down as you journal and get into the feeling of those powerful words.
Mind dumping. Before bed write down anything that’s left over from the day. Similar to journaling, this can serve those of you that suffer from a racing mind right when it’s time for lights out. Jot down the things that can wait until tomorrow but that you don’t want to forget. Think of this as a way to clear your subconscious mind so you can rest and sleep peacefully.
Gratitude. You hear it all of the time, “Choose an attitude of gratitude, “Be thankful for what you have…” You might feel like this one is a little played out, but I can’t begin to tell you how important it really is. To be immersed in gratitude, it’s not enough to write down 3 things at the start of your day and then carry on while you wish you had more. To attract more of what you want in your life you need to appreciate everything. And I mean everything. Acknowledge it, appreciate it, and then FEEL into it as often as you can throughout your day.
Yoga. Because, duh, it’s yoga. Yoga connects you to something deeper and bigger than your external world. It basically magic on a mat.
Get sweaty. Yoga is my go-to for movement but there’s something about getting in a sweaty dose of cardio. When we move and work up a sweat we rid our bodies of toxins and impurities that build up over time. Plus, it’s great for your energy, heart, and the health of your big, beautiful brain.
Connect with like-minded people. Hang around people that build you up and encourage you to grow. Seek out friends who inspire you to be a better version of yourself. On the flip side of this, start to distance yourself from those who bring negativity into your life. Choose people that lift your vibe, not people who try to kill it.
Create and connect with your vision. I saved the best for last. You are reading this because you are someone who wants to create a better life. You recognize your power and understand that YOU are the creator of your reality. The first step to creating your new reality is writing out exactly what you want. This is similar to your affirmation writing only you get to be much more creative. Think about what the perfect day in your dream life would look and feel like. Where would you be? Who would you be with? What would you be doing? Get as detailed as possible to create the beautiful story of the life you have always dreamed about. Create it and then revisit it every day. Lean into how it would feel if you had everything your heart could desire. Remember, if you can think it, you can create it.