Off the Mat Yoga

I Quit Before I Start

At the start of 2016 I made a promise to myself that I would take more risks, be more spontaneous, and try new things. We are now in June (or later depending on when you read this) and I can honestly say that I haven’t really fulfilled any of those promises yet.

Here is what I didn’t consider though: so often I want to embark on new adventures without unchaining myself from old weight. With each New Year I resolve to do less of, more of, or better than but I didn’t close out the year prior resolving much of anything at all. So what is my solution you might ask? QUIT.

Yes I said it. I am going to quit. But before I lose you completely (I hope I didn’t already), you might be thinking, “What does this have to do with yoga?” I promise, it has everything to do with yoga.

You see I habitually make a lot of excuses to justify not taking bold leaps of faith. Consequently, I have realized that it’s not healthy, it’s constraining, and it’s plain exhausting. In summary, making excuses has been that unnecessary weight holding me back from flourishing.

Having never practiced yoga before ever, a beautiful and novel opportunity awaits me. Without a doubt I could even check off “trying something new in 2016” from my resolution list. And, quite honestly, this would be the most spontaneous thing that I’ve ever embarked on.

But even still, here I am standing in tension between my past and present. I want new but still claim old. And while I can practice all the yoga I wish, yoga alone will not break this tension and set me free.

It is time. Time to quit making excuses.

  • I am a man… So what. 
  • I can’t touch my toes… But I will.
  • I cannot sit still in silence… It’s time to try.
  • I am busy… I can be more intentional with my time.

 So here I go… Here’s to a new adventure. Will you join me in a new adventure too? Before you do, QUIT FIRST.

What will you quit? Peace and blessings.

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10 Comments

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    jorge

    June 10, 2016 at 7:02 am

    I loved your sincerity.
    You can do it all!

    1. Michael Mims

      Michael Mims

      June 16, 2016 at 11:56 am

      Thank you for reading and for your encouragement Jorge. Truly means a lot.

  2. Amanda

    Amanda

    June 10, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Awesome! Congratulations. We do all this from time to time. Some of the leaps I take other people make excuses about….but I find myself making excuses about some of the leaps they take. :/ As anything, quitting is a practice. 🙂 Thanks for writing! And enjoy your yoga journey.

    1. Michael Mims

      Michael Mims

      June 10, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      Thank you for reading. This isn’t going to be an easy journey but I am expecting it to be a rewarding one.

  3. Megan Reddix

    Megan Reddix

    June 10, 2016 at 8:29 am

    First of all, this is so beautifully written. You definitely have a talent with words. Secondly, what a bold and encouraging statement! I have never been told to quit before. Sometimes I just let things disappear on their own. I let them slide by, participating only as much as I need to and then eventually it’s gone. When it comes to making excuses, though, (and I have plenty) it is best to just QUIT it. You’re so right! Congratulations on this journey! I can’t wait to read more of what you have accomplished in 2016 and beyond!

    1. Michael Mims

      Michael Mims

      June 10, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      Your words are very kind. Thank you wholeheartedly. I am excited to see where this takes me.

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    Shawn

    June 10, 2016 at 9:25 am

    I just started Yoga this year as well. Good luck mate and its nice to see another guy on the blog!

    1. Michael Mims

      Michael Mims

      June 10, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      Brothers in solidarity! Thanks for reading friend.

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    Heather

    June 13, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    I hope it is going well for you. I just started doing yoga at home this June as well. Good luck on your journey!!

    1. Michael Mims

      Michael Mims

      June 16, 2016 at 11:56 am

      Wow how exciting! Thank you for your encouragement; may you be encouraged as well. It’s going to be a fun adventure.

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