Day Ten of the Sun Salutation Challenge

Steven Barnes
3 min readMay 10, 2022

If you keep track of how you “broke the chain” — stopped yourself from doing one in the morning, one at night — I promise you will learn about yourself.

  1. How you prioritize
  2. What you stop yourself from excellence
  3. The voices in your head
  4. Whether you think short or long term
  5. Whether you can keep your word to yourself

The last one is of critical importance. The questions “Who am I?” and “What is true?” are probably the most important questions we can ask. I have a theory that if you really had solid answers for these, you would reach every goal you ever set, and keep every promise you ever made.

Why? Because if you knew “what was” you would know what it takes to accomplish your intent. If you know who you are, you will know what your capacities are — whether you can pay that price.

Is it worth it? No? Find another goal. Yes? Do it. And clearly, the more accurate your perception, the higher the chance of accomplishment. Is it possible to get to 100%? Maybe. That would be perception raised to the level of precognition, of course.

In a smaller sense: can you trust yourself to keep your word to yourself? Can others trust you to keep your word to THEM? Taking an action demands that your motivation to act outweighs the inertia. The instant you associate more pleasure than pain with an action, you’ll take it.

How about consistency? THAT demands that every day you re-calculate the cost of actions and inactions, and finding ways that taking that action is the better bet. And doing this demands understanding all of the tools your unconscious mind uses to STOP you.

This is one of the things I love about Intermittent Fasting: the voices in your head get FIERCE. The same with slowing your breathing down during Pranayama: you are touching the survival drive, and it will scream “you’re going to DIE!” even though your conscious rational mind knows it is lying.

Once you become aware that the voices in your head lie to you, you might ask “who are these liars?” And recognizing that you are not the voices in your head, but rather the one LISTENING to the voices, you have taken a valuable step.

You will experience all of this, in seed form, just with the “Daily Ritual” and “Five Minute Miracle” — you have the time, and energy. If you promise…

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Steven Barnes

Steven Barnes is a NY Times bestselling author, ecstatic husband and father, and holder of black belts in three martial arts. www.lifewritingpodcast.com.