Discipline Is Your Friend!

Via Jamie Ginsberg
on Feb 21, 2013
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Golden Gate bridge

Discipline is the most basic lesson we learn in school.

Whether it is studying for an exam or practicing on a team—the secret to success is hard work and discipline.

When you look around your yoga studio, you will see the bendy former gymnast or ballet dancer who will appear to be in complete ease as she puts her foot behind her head.

As you do something very yogic, like curse them beneath your breath, follow the advice of Rolf Gates from Meditations From The Mat and think of yourself as one of the most amazing yogis in the world. Breathe with ease as your foot barely raises a foot off the ground and doesn’t come close to your head, forget about behind your head. Do it again the next day and four times the day after and after that do it again. The discipline you bring to your yoga practice breeds success. The practice may not be perfect, but it will get better.

When Jim Rohn said, “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment,” he was talking to you and me. He knew about my desire to jump back from crow into low plank and your desire to touch your toes to your head in scorpion. The discipline to practice is our secret, right? What made you think this was any different for your social media practice?

Last week, I pulled over on my way back from the San Francisco airport and took the picture above looking at the city from the Marin headlands. I knew I wanted the bridge to be silhouetted and I wanted a little lens flare. Last time I took this shot I didn’t quite get the image I wanted, but I got an idea of how to make it better. My commitment to taking the same photo again is the discipline that will make me a better photographer.

Your social media strategy, needs this same discipline. Create content regularly and it will get better. You will slowly find yourself executing better; your posts for your studio on Facebook will get liked more and even shared. This will not be an accident. If you have set the goal of building your presence, or increasing your engagement or converting your posts to sales—these will become possible as you practice. Commit to a schedule and keep to it. Monitor your progress and make little corrections as you see what works and what doesn’t work. Do more of what works.

This is your social media practice, let it shine as brightly as your yoga practice does.


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Ed: Brianna Bemel


About Jamie Ginsberg

Jamie Ginsberg is a yoga teacher and the co-founder of Marin Power Yoga. He is a technology and education evangelist focused on using the social web to increase interaction and engagement. Jamie is a yogi (200 hour teacher training at Cleveland Yoga and Level 1 & Level 2 with Baron Baptiste) and has shot and produced videos and photography for Baron Baptiste, Yoga Journal Conferences and yoga studios across the United States. Jamie’s expertise is a rare blend of creative, business, legal and technology. Jamie has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the The University of Michigan and a Juris Doctorate from The Cleveland-Marshall School of Law. Link to Jamie here and like him on Facebook.


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