Ever wonder why you can’t reach your fitness goals, while so many others do?
Well, first you need to understand that you are underestimating yourself if you think that you can’t, you certainly can, you just haven’t prioritized this goal in your life yet. You may also be missing two important pieces of the puzzle without even realizing it.
One of the biggest reason we fail is that we are not willing to get uncomfortable, and that’s quite a natural instinct, especially these day. Sacrifice used to be part of ancient cultures as well as fasting and abstinence of certain foods and alcohol. While this still exists in some forms, it is rare in our modern society. While I may not agree with some of the reasons behind the sacrifice, there is a lot of benefits of sacrifice:
- It makes us think beyond our needs and wants
- It helps us be more grateful
- It makes us realise how that we are strong
- It allows us to be ok with discomfort and therefore be ok with practicing it more in other aspects of our life.
When we learn to embrace discomfort and see it as something that is worth doing and that we may even look forward to – for the after effect – then something magical happens. Strenuous exercise which is inherently uncomfortable becomes something you look forward to and cooking a healthy meal instead of ordering take-out, which is definitely harder, can become a lifelong habit we can’t do without – for the majority of the time anyway 🙂
The second reason we fail is because we expect instant gratification from the things we do, and when we don’t get it, we give up. Which again ties into our reality of being able to get almost anything instantly, with the click of a button.
We want food, we eat it.
We want to drink, we drink.
We want to sit and veg in front of the tv, we do it.
Instant gratification may allow us to avoid short-term pain, of not eating immediately, or of not not going to the gym before work, but it will only result in long-term pain, because we’ll never experience how satisfying it is to see something through and achieve our goals.
So how do we break free from always looking for the easy way? Here’s where to start:
First, make a plan, this is key! What do you want to achieve? Why do you want to achieve it? How will you achieve it? When do you want to achieve it by?
Second, identify potential obstacles. If you’re not aware of what always gets in your way then it will be tough to avoid them.
Third, decide what you are willing to give up to reach your goals. Are you willing to give up takeout, alcohol, late night tv watching, your morning muffin? It’s up to you, but it’s not going to work if you’re not willing to give anything up. Commit and have a plan of what action you will take instead.
Lastly, accept that there’s no shame in recognizing that it’s tough to do this alone, so get yourself some support. Ask yourself, who can I ask for support and how will I ask them to support me to achieve my goal?
If you don’t think you have anyone in your life that will understand your goals or support you in the way you need, then you will need to look outside of your immediate circle.
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