In part 1 & 2 we’ve talked about how to find your intrinsic motivation, answered the question “what would it take for me to practice more?”
Now comes the final piece to tie everything together.
You have to develop a plan.
This is not as complicated as it sounds.
Go back to your answer to the question “what would it take.” Let’s say you’re tired when you get home from work. The answer to your question might be something like “If I was going to practice more, I would need more energy.”
Now you develop a plan for how to get around this obstacle. You might decide to sleep more each night. You might do more marrow washing or other qigong. You might decide to take a short ten minute nap when you get home from work.
In short, you would do whatever it might take for you to have what you need so you can practice. If it’s keeping your space clean, having a quiet space, or getting the rest you need, that’s what you do.
Once you develop a plan, the issue becomes sticking with the plan. You might be asking what happens to keep you on track with this plan.
Go back to the first step of this process.
Find your intrinsic motivation (that list of five items that you put somewhere you can see). Every time you feel like not cleaning up your space, getting enough rest, or whatever else you need to do that’s in your plan to make sure that you’re able to practice, you check your list. You remind yourself why this is important to you.
This process took some time to outline, but it doesn’t take long to do in practice. There might be several obstacles holding you back from practicing more. You might need to develop more than one plan. That’s ok, because it’s not complicated or time intensive to put together.
And it’s worth it.
Now that you’re putting together a plan to increase your practice time, the next step is to make sure what you practice during that time is as effective as possible.
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