Tipping over in tree pose this week, I was again reminded how important core strength is. Standing, for this yoga move I can place one leg up onto my other inner thigh, but lifting my arms or holding them out to the sides challenges me each time I try it. I wobble, I rock, I slip.
I need to re-build my abdominal strength (after several months of doctor-required rest) so that I can hold this pose successfully without shaking. And with a stronger core I will be able to attempt moves that remain in my past.
The same is true for starting to ride horses after a 5-month forced sabbatical. I warm up longer, re-learn the muscle memory, slowly leave my comfort zone as my body becomes stronger, leaner.
The core. The center. We all need to keep our cores strong, as positive energy and actions build and emanate from our core.
I think this is also true in our personal and business lives. Running my own business, I have a set of core strengths, learned from consulting in media firms for almost 15 years. But as technology has transformed the publishing industry (like most others), my projects have morphed, roles changed, involvement growing in newly developed areas.
While I continue to use the talents developed over the years, I continue to expand my strengths. I have stayed abreast with the industry changes—many coming from social media and new mobile apps—so that I can broaden my work into other industries.
If I don’t keep learning, pushing myself, I become weak, bored, complacent. And that will not help me or my clients test new arenas, find unexpected successes, as we keep up with changing business times.
Yes, it can be intimidating, sometimes frustrating, building my core strengths—both mental and physical– to reach a new client, to attempt a handstand, to jump a short course. But by working slowly, patiently, and celebrating the small successes, hopefully all of these will be attainable. The reach is what keeps life engaging. C