Ritual - The Secret Sauce for Success
I remember watching the Grammy’s on TV one year. Gosh, it must have been over a decade ago. I’d always had this magical view of artists who’d “made it” and somehow found themselves on stage at the Staples Center performing at music’s biggest night. That year, for whatever reason, this delusional veil lifted as I realized these superstars weren’t born overnight—they worked their asses off to get there.
I think it was an interview I read with John Mayer, who won Best Pop Vocal Album for Continuum that year. He described basically locking himself up with his guitar for an entire year in order to master the instrument and craft that gave him entry into such grand rooms throughout his impressive career.
His charge to aspiring musicians was simple: practice and then practice some more. Become so good they can’t ignore you.
As a follow up to last week’s blog post, Why Therapy hasn’t Worked for You, I want to explore the power of ritual, or practice, as a way to tangibly see the desired outcomes you’ve dreamed of for awhile now.
Just like physical fitness, creative mastery, financial success, and other goals you’ve set your sight on, emotionally thriving takes practice. We don’t show up to the gym twice a month and expect to see dramatic results. There are several variables to consider: diet, metabolism, sleep, hydration, mindset, and most of all, consistency.
So why do we expect to show up to therapy a couple times a month and see transformation take place? Not to be a buzz kill, but we simply won’t. If we want results, sure, talking about what’s not working is a good place to start. Yet we must also start practicing a new way of living in order to experience a new way of being.
Again, the operative word here being “practice.”
I like to use the word ritual because it’s prettier and has this spiritual sheen to it. In many spiritual traditions, rituals are used to create order and accentuate the sacred nature of that which is worshiped.
Not to get too woo woo, but we are in fact soulful creatures with unique callings to inhabit while here on the planet. That said, I believe we must treat each day as sacred, intentionally creating structure and reminders around the things that help us thrive.
The first step in personal transformation is simple: wake up! We must consciously show up each day in our lives and challenge the sleepy trance of forgetfulness. After all, we make really bad decisions when we forget the truth of who we are.
I want to support you as you create rituals in your daily experience that will help you unearth your deepest desires. However first, you must know where you’re going.
I’ll leave you with this simple question as a navigation tool: what do you want?
That’s your ticket, my friend. The answer to this question determines where you spend your precious time and energy. It also gives you a prescription for what and how to practice.
So go dream—big and wild. Give your fear a well-deserved day off. You can have her back tomorrow. For now though, sky’s the limit.
Love & Gratitude,