Challenges, road blocks, what stops you? Sometime its life. Sometimes its routine. Most of the time it is our mental state of being. How we think and feel can be a primary stopper or starter to how we progress at anything in life. This holds true for our fitness journey, in the workplace, in our relationships, and in all we pursue in life.
Tackling the mental and emotional side of life. Like anything we have to remember habits die hard. A mental or emotional state of being is no different. If you have spent any amount of time, like me thinking “I am not good enough” or “I am not worth it”. This road block is not going to be an easy one to overcome. And even if you think you have beaten it, it’s possible it can creep back again. It happens to all of us. How old are you? It has likely taken the better part of those years to develop the habit you are now fighting. Time is your friend here. Stay the course to change.
Another angle to this, is thinking “it will never be the same or as good as it was before”. Our life like a sport goes through seasons. Some of us peak early and some of us peak later. A few incredibly gifted are able to sustain the duration of their days. No matter the root of your challenge, it is a habit. If you are looking to improve, this takes time, it takes practice. Like seasons pre-season, season, post-season you have to plan out your approach in cycles. Apply this to your mental and physical health. These seasons of practice apply to everything we do.
On my journey I have had to tackle a few things. 1) showing up. Scheduling myself to workout is a must in my world. And it comes and goes as far as my ability to stick to it. 2) eating. It has taken a special effort in this area, a journey that forced me to engage some professional help for to understand my body and it’s tolerances better. 3) the mental fight. convincing myself I belong and I should be there. It has taken me time but in each of these areas I have focused on improvement. If I was perfect, there would be nothing to change. I’m seeking change and I have accepted that will take time. Stay the course and things will get better.