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    opportunity with yoga then is to quiet the resistance which I ve gotten a lot better at since Day 1 It s been a gift Patience Further to the point above through the yoga postures I am also learning to be more patient You have to Changes don t usually happen right away It takes time for change to settle in This is true for most things but especially when you practice yoga regularly In the beginning you see the physical changes rapidly and for me that was a great motivation to keep going But later the changes starting happening much slower and it started taking far more time and dedication Unlike many sports e g track basketball or baseball where you can measure results based on statistics and percentages your yoga practice is more fluid and harder to measure One day your body might feel great and you land a handstand but the next day you might not be as open and you might struggle with basic postures I ve had no choice but to be patient and trust the process To be patient and OK with where my edge might be on any given day The good news is that patience and calmness has had a way of seeping into other things For me and most people I talk to it helps with our jobs our reactions with family members interactions with significant others and yoga partners I haven t always been naturally patient but the last 365 days have done wonders for me and for that I am truly grateful Creating space In many cases though the things above were the easy part Creating space was often the hard part At first making time to travel to the studio after a day of stressful work sacrificing the time to do other things including my blog getting up at 5am to go to 6am classes carrying around a full bag of clothing during winters felt impossible But at some point I realized that the hardest part is making up my mind I remember when I did 100 days of yoga in 2013 The first 75 days were difficult I scrambled to the studio most days barely made it into class and still forgot my towel most of the time But by day 76 everything was exactly the opposite It was a lot harder to not go to class To miss how good I felt To mess up my routine All because I committed to making space for it The idea of creating space also made its way into my personal life When you don t create space to find a new job a true job search gets delayed When you doesn t carve out time to call their parents you look back only to find you didn t call nearly as much as you should have And when someone doesn t create enough space for relationships things usually don t work out either For me I committed to

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  • Archive Yoga | JEREMYCWILSON.COM
    jobs our reactions with family members interactions with significant others and yoga partners I haven t always been naturally patient but the last 365 days have done wonders for me and for that I am truly grateful Creating space In many cases though the things above were the easy part Creating space was often the hard part At first making time to travel to the studio after a day of stressful work sacrificing the time to do other things including my blog getting up at 5am to go to 6am classes carrying around a full bag of clothing during winters felt impossible But at some point I realized that the hardest part is making up my mind I remember when I did 100 days of yoga in 2013 The first 75 days were difficult I scrambled to the studio most days barely made it into class and still forgot my towel most of the time But by day 76 everything was exactly the opposite It was a lot harder to not go to class To miss how good I felt To mess up my routine All because I committed to making space for it The idea of creating space also made its way into my personal life When you don t create space to find a new job a true job search gets delayed When you doesn t carve out time to call their parents you look back only to find you didn t call nearly as much as you should have And when someone doesn t create enough space for relationships things usually don t work out either For me I committed to all of the above and committing to doing things every day did wonders The Power of Everyday I ve been doing a lot of research about the power of once a day A past teammate and hero once said it best that if you commit to doing something simple one time each day at the end of the year you ll turn your molehill into a mountain Don t get me wrong everyday for 365 days is lot and it s almost 20 times more than the 21 days they say it take to create a habit But in some many areas of my life I ve seen that I didn t achieve my goals when I couldn t commit to every day Checking Facebook less Calling friends more Cleaning out my email Inbox In part because I never created new habits But what I found over the past 365 days is that the discipline to do the hard work everyday especially when you don t want to was the most relevant part It adds up One day at a time one failed handstand at a time and one drip of sweat at a time In the end I think that creating space to do yoga every day has been a gift One that has helped refine the way I think and act in all the ways I mentioned above I also feel better than I ever have physically I focus more on how I feel that what others think about me I feel lighter than ever and have a better yoga partner than ever All reasons why I kept going after 365 So on Day 366 and beyond I am going to dedicate the next part of my journey to helping others Help them try yoga for the first time find their consistent practice and or take yoga off the mat I ll be doing so as a student now but hopefully as a teacher in the near future Thanks to all of those who were part of the journey I am grateful and can t wait to see what all of you do next Find the light spread the light be the light Namaste Jeremy Wednesday August 27th 2014 Inspiration Yoga 2 Comments Grace during transitions Tr ansitions are hard And often times feel awkward Between meetings at work where one meeting ends at 10AM and the next one begins at 10AM and you find yourself rushing from one meeting to the next without any time to prepare When a project at work fails And you have to tell your boss what happened before starting on the next one When you lose your job and you have to find a new one with limited time and money on your hands And in yoga when it s halfway through class and the tough postures are starting The instructor calls out one tough pose then another then another Meanwhile you re exhausted and can t imagine being graceful for one more second In life we often get wrapped up in these endpoints We want to get deeper into poses do well on our presentations ace our interviews move on to the next project or get funding four our company And we tend to focus so much on the endpoints that we forget the importance of the process Of what we can learn from our experiences What we can take with us And how gracefully we can move between the endpoints Sure periods of transition always carry with them a fear of the unknown But they also provide opportunity To do something you ve never done before To find comfort trying something you ve never tried before To learn To find balance and composure To fail gracefully and refocus your compass and radar to get closer to the right path Every big innovation that s ever existed at some point hadn t been done before Almost every best seller came after 5 books that never made it big And almost every great yoga instructor spent time playing with awkward transitions But the people who found success failed often focused more on the process than the outcome and learned to have grace when transitioning So it would seem to me grace during difficult and awkward transitions is one very important step to success Just a thought Tags yoga Monday July 21st 2014 Leadership Yoga No Comments Chicago s Most Eligible Singles 2014 Thank You Chicago A couple weeks ago I learned that Chicago magazine selected me as one of the Most Eligible Chicagoans for 2014 What a fun surprise First off a big thank you to Nora and Quiana the two ladies who nominated me I love the support I received from New Leaders Council on this one After learning that I was selected I sat down with the editors of Chicago to do a quick interview at a local restaurant in the River North neighborhoodfrom what I did in Chicago my community activities my job what types of singles I was most interested in and of course how I do yoga every single day They boiled my information down into a short profile and the mixed video with a few of the other singles 3 4 mins Last Friday we also had the annual fundraiser Previously the event has raised over 100K for patients at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and this event proved no different The Chicago History Museum was packed and we had special VIPs from NBC and Northwestern to honor Chicago M agazine s to Singles Like I always say there snothing better than being in great company while enjoying a glass of wine Although maybe just one thing doing that while raising money for a great cause on the first day of summer in Chicago See below for the online links Online profile http www chicagomag com Chicago Magazine July 2014 Chicago Singles Video bottom of the page http www chicagomag com Chicago Magazine July 2014 Chicago Singles Thank you Chicago for choosing me Thursday June 26th 2014 Networking Yoga No Comments Practice everyday Shun the non believers Since starting the 100 Day Challenge I ve run into skeptical people including just a few days ago which prompted this post People skeptical about the idea of 100 days Isn t CrossFit a better workout Why do you like that Teacher X Why would you do yoga for 100 days straight As though I only do yoga for the physical workout And little did they know that Teacher X happens to be one of my favorites and a Yogi 1oo participant At first thought I almost became a little defensive forgetting that patience has been one important lesson I ve continued to learn my practice But since starting it s become more obvious than ever that a regular practice is critical Every time I get on my mat the results of how I treated my body the previous day are right there for me to witness I get immediate feedback on how hard I practiced last week how much food I ate the night before and how present I am at the onset of class The more I practice these things the easier the asanas are the stronger I get the more I start to see change right in front of me and the less surprised I am when I flow into poses that once seemed impossible Just yesterday I floated into two new awesome handstand poses and forearm stands have never been easier In short the repetition and commitment to the practice makes you feel better become stronger and shine brighter Shun the non believers Saturday February 22nd 2014 Leadership Yoga No Comments Yoga 100 Challenge 1 Week Down A quick update on our Yoga 100 project We saw so much energy from people in the first week From those making use of home practice to others drudging through the snow to one of our Yogis practicing in Canada and another practicing on the road at the airport Here are some photos from the week Lisa and her puppy practicing in the light Liz doing Acroyoga at home Dominika our most prolific blogger so far showing that the snow cannot stop her Christine s Home Space Away from Home Darrah practicing with a few friends Andrea excited to get started on Day 1 Michelle practicing at DFW Very nice Leigh Hector and Vivian having some acro fun on Day 7 Carla practicing on Day 1 We found you Maggie defying gravity Kim doing yoga or flying Mariel showing us what is possible on day 101 Well maybe for you More to come later Original post here on our YOGA 100 BLOG Monday February 10th 2014 Yoga No Comments The power of once a day Drip by drip Once a day is easier said than done of course There are over 360 days and more than 200 working days a year No matter how you slice it it s a lot and it s way more than the 21 days they say it take to create a habit Basically in our 100 days of yoga we re creating a habit 5 times over I think about some of my other attempts to do things that may not have gone so well The failed attempt to floss every day Check Facebook less Or call friends more often The reason they don t work is that I didn t change habits But committing to doing things up front does wonders I recently did my first 100 days of yoga at the end of 2013 Within a week of starting I knew I wouldn t be giving it up anytime soon and committed to it The first 75 days were really hard I scrambled to the studio most days barely made it into class and still forgot my towel half the time But by day 76 everything was exactly the opposite It was a lot harder to not go to class To miss how good I felt To mess up my routine And after taking just a single day off I went 50 more days in a row leading up to this challenge All because I committed up front In the end I learned that you don t all of a sudden get new habits you build them One day at a time One asana at a time One drip of sweat at a time The yoga isn t the hard part especially for the amazing Yogi s participating here it s the commitment Making time Going once a day Drip drip drip Thursday February 6th 2014 Yoga 1 Comment Secret office I just got back from a trip to Costa Rica The trip was extraordinary Not only because the country is beautiful and the weather was warm but also because I thought more about my secret office The office isn t Costa Rica and it s also not the beach But instead it s getting out of the office Stepping away from emails Being out in the country Being away from the hustle and bustle and instead being at the beach and the mountains In those places it s like having my own office More time to think and write Spending time with the best company Having the best views and the best time to think And of course having time to meditate and do more yoga Instead of writing emails to clients I wrote blog posts scribbled in my journal and took photos I caught up with friends and did yoga in the sunlight And in the end I felt renewed and had more ideas than ever I even started the blog for Yoga 100 and now have a lot more participants and managed to come back to happier all while having an experience I won t forget In short we are often very productive at work and at home But sometimes it s good to change things up and find your secret office Sometimes you can get more done than ever all in just a few hours and spend the rest of the time enjoying the trip Just a thought This is a view from my office in Costa Rica Saturday January 25th 2014 Entrepreneurship Leadership Yoga 1 Comment 100 Days of yoga blog is live and ready to share How can we be more connected to ourselves and those around us How can we find change not just in our bodies but also in our minds I hear people talk about these questions all the time And often times I like to bring up the topics in my small group sessions I do Often times I ll share my experiences with them and one of them is from my recent time of doing 100 days of yoga Over the past few weeks I ve shared the experience And the response has been better than expected So we ve created a project for people to do the same thing in 2014 to complete 100 days of yoga and meditation and find change for themselves We have a blog It s totally free to read and share It took a lot to get here A lot of yoga a lot of making time and a lot of conversations about it So I encourage you to take a few minutes to check it out after we get started on 2 1 And perhaps consider joining http yogi100 wordpress com blog Wednesday January 15th 2014 Inspiration Leadership Yoga No Comments Inspirational video on never giving up This is a must see video I love stories like this ones that help us understand what we could we accomplish in our lives if we didn t give up More people need to see this But be warned it s a tear jerker I love this video because it s about the triumph of the human spirit About working toward your Wildly Important Goal even when others tell you that it s impossible Another reason I love this video is because it shows yoga can create change This is great inspiration as we head into our second 100 day yoga challenge starting on 2 1 Stay tuned for a blog being built for the challenge Thanks to my friend Kim Lampaglia for sending me this video this weekend They said I d never walk again Show d THEM Arthur Boorman was a disabled veteran of the Gulf War for 15 years and was told by his doctors that he would never be able to walk on his own ever again Tags inspiration yoga Monday January 6th 2014 Inspiration Yoga No Comments How I just completed 100 straight days of yoga Just two weeks ago I completed 100 days straight of yoga In addition to meeting a lot of great people at the studios and feeling better than ever physically I also had the chance to see first hand how much change can come from doing anything but especially yoga for 100 days in a row I remember when I decided to go to my first class like it was yesterday It was just after lunch on a Tuesday afternoon in August I was taking a break outside of my office and I get a text from my one of my really good friends Ruby asking if I wanted to try out her new yoga studio Core Power Yoga I had enjoyed doing yoga a few years before so I said Sure Work was busy that week so I didn t go that day or the next But after a few texts and reminders throughout the week I finally caved in and agreed to go to a class Sunday night We went to a C2 class which at the studio is a Power Yoga Vinyasa class Ironically it turns out that the class instructor became one of my favorites months later and her Sunday evening class is a staple in my routine today What a remarkable class I thought to myself after the class I felt more energized and excited about the class than any of my other workouts at the gym So I figured I d make good use of my free week and go every day to maximize the experience My friend Ruby came as well and eventually one class turned

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  • Archive June | JEREMYCWILSON.COM
    a quick interview at a local restaurant in the River North neighborhoodfrom what I did in Chicago my community activities my job what types of singles I was most interested in and of course how I do yoga every single day They boiled my information down into a short profile and the mixed video with a few of the other singles 3 4 mins Last Friday we also had the annual fundraiser Previously the event has raised over 100K for patients at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and this event proved no different The Chicago History Museum was packed and we had special VIPs from NBC and Northwestern to honor Chicago M agazine s to Singles Like I always say there snothing better than being in great company while enjoying a glass of wine Although maybe just one thing doing that while raising money for a great cause on the first day of summer in Chicago See below for the online links Online profile http www chicagomag com Chicago Magazine July 2014 Chicago Singles Video bottom of the page http www chicagomag com Chicago Magazine July 2014 Chicago Singles Thank you Chicago for choosing me Thursday June 26th 2014 Networking Yoga No Comments Join the conversation AskJeremy Jeremy C Wilson is a JD MBA alumni using his site to share information on education the social enterprise revolution entrepreneurship and doing things differently Feel free to send along questions or comments as you read EducationMatters Share your education story Thank you Chicago for the nomination Apply to Join MLT Apply to Join NLC Learn about the JD MBA program Please Vote Recent Posts Please vote A month in at Winston Strawn 365 Days of Yoga What I learned And why I kept going Exactly one year ago Seth Godin And working on a

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  • in Atlanta GA 30324 Our activity was to make pantry bags for homebound seniors and undeserved individuals struggling with chronic critical or terminal illnesses Open Hand is one of the largest providers of home delivered medically appropriate meals and nutrition care centers For more information on the organization you can visit Open Hand at www projectopenhand org Thanks to MLT and Open Hand for all your good work And to all my readers it s always great to give a few hours of your week to give back in any way possible Saturday July 12th 2014 Business School No Comments Join the conversation AskJeremy Jeremy C Wilson is a JD MBA alumni using his site to share information on education the social enterprise revolution entrepreneurship and doing things differently Feel free to send along questions or comments as you read EducationMatters Share your education story Thank you Chicago for the nomination Apply to Join MLT Apply to Join NLC Learn about the JD MBA program Please Vote Recent Posts Please vote A month in at Winston Strawn 365 Days of Yoga What I learned And why I kept going Exactly one year ago Seth Godin And working on a project

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  • can t imagine being graceful for one more second In life we often get wrapped up in these endpoints We want to get deeper into poses do well on our presentations ace our interviews move on to the next project or get funding four our company And we tend to focus so much on the endpoints that we forget the importance of the process Of what we can learn from our experiences What we can take with us And how gracefully we can move between the endpoints Sure periods of transition always carry with them a fear of the unknown But they also provide opportunity To do something you ve never done before To find comfort trying something you ve never tried before To learn To find balance and composure To fail gracefully and refocus your compass and radar to get closer to the right path Every big innovation that s ever existed at some point hadn t been done before Almost every best seller came after 5 books that never made it big And almost every great yoga instructor spent time playing with awkward transitions But the people who found success failed often focused more on the process than the outcome and learned to have grace when transitioning So it would seem to me grace during difficult and awkward transitions is one very important step to success Just a thought Tags yoga Monday July 21st 2014 Leadership Yoga No Comments Join the conversation AskJeremy Jeremy C Wilson is a JD MBA alumni using his site to share information on education the social enterprise revolution entrepreneurship and doing things differently Feel free to send along questions or comments as you read EducationMatters Share your education story Thank you Chicago for the nomination Apply to Join MLT Apply to Join NLC

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  • In the end it became very clear that it s far more important to sustain an argument than it is to write and memorize facts And to do that in front of people whose opinions you care about 4 Stop hiding and ship Most of us spend a lot of time hiding Not sending out our work not sharing our ideas and afraid to put stuff out into the world This is the resistance Seth encouraged us to stop hiding and to ship To show our work get feedback share and connect with others All 3 000 of your Facebook friends will still like you no matter how it turns out 5 Find the critical path According to Seth The longest string of dependent non compressible tasks is the critical path Every complicated project has it a lot of people working on many elements some of which are dependent on others The critical path is the most important variable which many things depend on Focus on that 6 Focus on the hard part Ask yourself What s hard Why are you stuck What s in the way of where you are now and where you want to go And talk about it openly and honestly Then leap forward 7 Rush early not late It s better to set aggressive deadlines early To change change again and change again when you re starting out It s cheaper that way The cost of changing is lower And it s better for your peace of mind 8 Shun the skeptics There are a lot of people who won t believe in your idea no matter what They ll encourage you to give up or do something that s safe The best way to deal with skeptics is to ignore them And for the

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    more important to sustain an argument than it is to write and memorize facts And to do that in front of people whose opinions you care about 4 Stop hiding and ship Most of us spend a lot of time hiding Not sending out our work not sharing our ideas and afraid to put stuff out into the world This is the resistance Seth encouraged us to stop hiding and to ship To show our work get feedback share and connect with others All 3 000 of your Facebook friends will still like you no matter how it turns out 5 Find the critical path According to Seth The longest string of dependent non compressible tasks is the critical path Every complicated project has it a lot of people working on many elements some of which are dependent on others The critical path is the most important variable which many things depend on Focus on that 6 Focus on the hard part Ask yourself What s hard Why are you stuck What s in the way of where you are now and where you want to go And talk about it openly and honestly Then leap forward 7 Rush early not late It s better to set aggressive deadlines early To change change again and change again when you re starting out It s cheaper that way The cost of changing is lower And it s better for your peace of mind 8 Shun the skeptics There are a lot of people who won t believe in your idea no matter what They ll encourage you to give up or do something that s safe The best way to deal with skeptics is to ignore them And for the thoughtful generous skeptics the best thing to do is to understand

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    your routine That s why we celebrate them on new years and new birthdays It s why we get excited to start over in school again or start a new job after school It s what makes entrepreneurs excited to wake up each and every day The ability to do something for the first time To chance to tackle the problem that everyone else said would not work Every day in yoga we approach our practice the same way with a beginner s mind We start every class in childs pose and we take our first breath and put our feet down on the mat for the first time You don t know how class will go And sometimes you feel sore tired and nervous you might not finish But every day you take the first breath concentrate and more often than not you not only make it through the hard part but you also make more progress than you ever imagined That s why so many people keep going back In short new beginnings sometimes give you the opportunity to change everything Wednesday September 11th 2013 Careers Entrepreneurship Leadership 1 Comment Nothing is for everyone You know this but you ignore it every single time And you always find out the hard way If you re fundraising for Catholic Extension in Chicago you have to ask yourself why does it matter what the atheist next door thinks about your phone strategy If you re a marketing executive at Target why does it matter what loyal shoppers at Neiman Marcus think about your new products Or if you re applying to college from the poorest schools in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the world then why are you trying to please the admissions committees from colleges who don t care about your story We all know this but we always seem to forget that nothing is for everyone Think about it The vast majority of people in the world have never sat in a Starbucks and never used an Android Likewise the vast majority of people in many parts of Asia do not have indoor plumming The numbers show this very clearly Just because you have it doesn t mean everyone else does And the sooner we understand this the more time we can spend focusing on ways to have more impact in the world by pleasing the people who do care In the end you re more likely to succeed if you say this is what I stand for And this is what I believe If it s not for you then I ll find the other people who believe in my story In short ignore the skeptics And spend more with the people that believe Friday September 6th 2013 Careers Education Entrepreneurship Leadership No Comments Pattern Recognition One of the most important things I noticed working with Seth Godin over the past week was the importance of patterns This idea was also pointed out by one of the team members Josh Long Every time we had an idea or posed a question you could see Seth thinking of patterns Patterns in people patters in markets patterns in the future We try to hedge our bets with information and analysis but more often than not it comes down to gut feel that intangible pattern recognition that tells you that your next project could be a big winner One pattern Seth discussed was how people look at risk He noted that the pattern that many people attempt to fail small At the last minute we all take a step back and take that compelling elements out of our work because it s safer to fail small He noted it not only in individuals but also in groups Another patten he discussed was the concept of barriers On one hand he noted that successful people get out of dead ends quickly They see when a project won t succeed or when the team isn t right and they back out before the going gets tough But on the other hand there is a really big reward for getting through the big barriers If you are working on the right things and can get past the barriers in front of you then you can become the best in your field In addition to patters in people he also noted patters in the way the world works Through frameworks like scarcity choosing yourself a Seth concept and generosity Also the ability to take a stand for what you believe in and have a point of view Every suggestion anyone in the room made Seth continually asked what do you think Do you have a point of view All to lead us down the path of making a decision not just endless discussion Patters are good because they help you understand the issues pick precise words to describe them and communicate your ideas with the masses for change Saturday August 3rd 2013 Careers Entrepreneurship No Comments The Art of Bravery Bravery is indeed an art In the words of one of my favorite authors Seth Godin an artist is someone who uses bravery insight creativity and boldness to challenge the status quo And an artist takes it personally Having had the opportunity to work with Seth this week I agree that the message is spot on And even though may of us agree with the message at times we do still experience fear We don t always take the risk worth taking don t always push the envelope worth pushing and don t always make the call worth making Even though we know it could change everything That s why being brave is an art and not about being fearless It s about knowing fear is there and somehow figuring out how to move past it Somehow channeling your inner artist to use insight and creativity to get past what you feel right here right now It s about finding the precise words

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