Updated: May 7
Learning new tricks is fun & exciting. But what happens when you forget that it’s all about the journey, not the destination? Here are 4 tips to let go of goal orientation & stay playful.
You know that state of being in which you feel like a happy, bubbly, playful child? You’re not taking life too seriously.
Your mind is quiet and you’re just enjoying and discovering things. Making jokes. Smiling a lot.
Feeling light and trouble free. And the world seems like a big playground.
It’s the state AcroYoga can bring you in, right? That’s one of the reasons why I love it so much! But even in AcroYoga your mind can get into the way.
The goal-oriented parts in ourselves for instance, can get really excited when learning tricks.
There is nothing wrong with that. It’s super fun and exciting to master new things! But once we get addicted to reaching goals and forget to enjoy the process, the journey, we can lose the fun of it. And forget why we started with AcroYoga in the first place.
This doesn't mean you need to ignore or push away the goal-oriented parts of yourself. You can’t anyway: they are part of us. And they are there for a reason: they help us to get things done. So what to do?
Tip 1: Take a step back
Just take a step back and listen to the thoughts coming up from a higher perspective. What does this goal orientated part of you want and why? Try to discover the reasons. Be kind to yourself.
Tip 2: Share your thoughts
Share your striving thoughts with your AcroYoga buddies:
“You know what this voice in my head is saying? That it’s only satisfying if this trick will succeed.” Laugh about it. Don’t take things too seriously.
Tip 3: Let go of goals
Or let your goal be “having fun”. Write that goal on a post-it and put it on your fridge. Or get it tattooed on a visible place on your body, so you can never forget ;)
Tip 4: Dive into it a bit deeper
If the tips above don’t help enough, you might want to explore the situation on a deeper level.
“The Work” by Byron Katie might help. This questionnaire is amazing when it comes to flipping perspectives.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) also has super valuable outcomes when it comes to this subject. Try it out! And share your experience if you like.
Feel how these tips can help you in your daily life as well?
Now, time to bring the theory into practice.
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