Episode #24: How to Achieve Impact
Welcome to episode 24 of LIT! My name is Ravi Toor, and I’m your host. I wanted to change things up a tad bit today because over the past few weeks, I’ve brought in various types of guests to highlight how change is achievable and how chasing your dream is a real possibility, should you choose it. And so, through those guests, you’ve heard all sorts of points. Today, and for the next few episodes, I want to break some key points down for you in practical steps because, let’s face it, it’s only achievable if you’re able to practically apply it.
Today, I want to talk about self-awareness, acceptance, and belief. Each guest who came on the show talked about all three components in different ways, however, the thing that made each of them successful in chasing their dreams was that they all had self-awareness or developed self-awareness.
Typically, for those who haven’t developed it, self-awareness is fleeting. That means it comes as quickly as it goes but, the point? You already have self-awareness built within you. It’s something you have to practice to maintain. And so, each guest developed their self-awareness in different ways. I want to give you practical steps to develop out self-awareness.
Self-awareness begins with being mindful. That means you need to live in the moment to really tap into who you are, what you want and where you want to go. Self-awareness leads to you understanding your unique self and getting very comfortable with your inner being. In order to do that, you’ve gotta be in the moment and you’ve gotta be able to recognize your inner voice.
I always suggest breathing as a first step to building self-awareness. I know I’ve talked about this before in many different episodes but it really is the key to developing self-awareness and to creating massive personal growth.
Breathing slows things down a tad bit. When you’re focused on your breath, you’re interrupting your overstimulated mind and body to focus solely on your breathe. By doing this, you calm the body, your focus on one thing, you slow down time and you reduce the external and sometimes internal stimuli.
When you first start focusing on your breathing, it’s just that… focusing on your fucking breathing. It seems silly at first for sure but over time and through practice, you start to notice it’s massive impacts:
- Reduced rumination
- Development of your intuition
- Focus on your inner self
- Slowing down time
- Reducing impacts of external stimuli
- Establishing mindfulness
- Reducing anxiety
- Stabilizing your biochemistry
- Positively impacting your responses
- Connecting to your authenticity
If those are some of the benefits, why aren’t more and more people focusing on their breathe? Well, to some it’s a total sham, right? How can focusing on your breathing do this? But for others, I don’t have the time, I don’t know how to do it, I don’t… queue the excuses.
Today, I’m going to challenge you in this moment to focus on your breathing as you listen to this episode. You don’t need to change anything about your breathing, instead, I just want you to focus on your breathe going in and out. I want you to feel the air. I want you to feel your belly. It’s way easier than it sounds.
Then, tomorrow morning, I want you to introduce a breathing exercise in your morning routine. I want you to sit in silence for 2 minutes. That’s it! 2 fucking minutes. I want you to close your eyes and focus on your slow and deep breaths.
As you do this over the course of 7 days consistently, you’re going to start to hear your inner voice clearer. You’re going to start to recognize what is valid and true for you, and what your desires are. You’re going to connect to your intuition and you’re going to start to feel a bit more balanced.
With the 2 minutes, including focusing on your breathing throughout the day, you’ll start to notice even bigger impacts in your emotional state, your mental state, and your physical state.
That’s the first step to creating massive personal change which brings you closer to actualizing on your purpose.
The second step and piece many of the guests talked about was acceptance. Once you’re in a place where you’re self-aware, you start to really fucking accept yourself for who you really are. You become the judge, the fool and the artist in your own life. That means you’re no longer looking for external validation. Instead, you’re starting to hear your own voice, and you’re starting to connect to your intuition so you already know what steps to take, what decision to make and what bullshit to drop.
That makes a huge impact in your decision-making process and your ability to create impact without feeling judged. Now you can only imagine what kind of moves you could possibly make when you truly don’t give a fuck.
But that’s not the only part of acceptance that’s important. The other part is you start to really understand your own cognitive linguistics. You realize that the shit you say in your head impacts you and so because of this, you start to challenge the different things your subconscious pumps out. All of a sudden, you’re not taking shit from your brain. You challenge those negative self-thoughts. You challenge the mean things you say to yourself and you challenge the very thought that usually lays people flat on their ass. Instead of you’re meaningless or worthless or you’ll never achieve anything, you’re like I’m amazing, I’m a changemaker, I’m a fucking star and I can do anything I put my mind to. But again, this only comes when you create a practice of mindfulness where you can actually challenge these thoughts. So, make sure to keep up the breathing.
The last part is super important. It’s belief. Every single one of my guests had an inner knowingness or a deep belief in themselves. They knew they would achieve their goals. They knew they were meant for more. They all had this feeling like there was something more and guess what, not a single one of my guests was crazy. Ok, like there is some crazy in there, but it’s the good kinda crazy. The round pegs in square holes kinda crazy, right?
And that’s the crazy we want! You want to challenge what you see today. You want to follow through on that inner belief that there’s something more for you in life. You want to believe before you actually see because a big part of that is going to fuel your motivation, spark inspiration and trigger action. Also, believing before you see brings in manifestation. Sometimes, you just need some help. Well, help comes to those who help themselves. That means, taking intentional action, taking that leap of faith. Believing it will come to you. That’s when the flood gates open for you and the help you need, it fucking arrives.
So, when you’ve built up the practice of breathing, and seriously, you’ll see the impacts after even 1 day of this practice, you can start to really accept yourself for who you are and for what you want. From there, you’re in a better position to help yourself by taking inspired and intentional action through belief. That, my friend, opens the gates of manifestation and universal assistance.
So, today I ask you, what is it you really want? 24 episodes in, are you going to leave your hopes and dreams of creating massive change on the table or are you going to create change by staring in your own life today?
Go get yours, changemaker, go get yours!