Achieving goals can be an pretty challenging prospect. There can be a number of factors holding us back from achieving our goals, but there doesn’t have to be. Achieving a health and fitness goal can mean anything from completely turning around your daily routine to learning and developing new skills and understandings.
I do not profess to be a psychologist and can only give you examples of what I have seen over my 13 years health and fitness industry. Here are a number of reasons that I have seen as to why people tend to miss out on the level of success that they desire and are not moving forward in the way they hoped.
Time is an interesting topic because we all have the same amount of it on a daily basis. The difference between the level of success and effectiveness that people have towards it usually comes down to how they approach the time they do have. If it is not utilised properly, it can be a big factor holding you back from achieving your goals.
To have enough time to achieve your desired level of health and fitness success, you must make the available time that you have a priority.
Questions such as:
- How many hours of exercise do you want to do each day/week?
- Do I have the space in my current life to do that consistently?
- Is there something I need to sacrifice in order to make the time?
You need to be very honest with yourself from the outset as to how much time you are willing to commit in order to achieve the goal you are after.
So often people look at others, wondering why they aren’t like them and where they are with not only their health but also their life.
Hint: Berating yourself for not being like others and making yourself feel guilty for not seeing the same result isn’t going to help you get to yours any quicker!
Advice: Refocus your energy and attention towards how you can consistently improve and develop the skills, knowledge and understanding required to see success. Before you know it, you will have it.
Short Term Viewpoint
It is very easy to get stuck in the here-and-now and get discouraged when a small mistake is made. People have 1 bad meal, 1 bad weekend, 1 bad week and think that it is the end of the world.
If we are looking for a lifestyle change and adopting habits to last years (even decades), why would we let something so small derail the whole process?
Simply use these ‘mistakes’ as stepping stones. Learn from them but do not get discouraged by them. Allow them to pave the path to success, instead of piling them up like a brick wall stopping you from moving forward.
Fear/Negative Self Talk
This is a big one, and incredibly important. It is not uncommon for fear and negative self talk being an unrealised factor holding us back from achieving our goals.
If you yourself are afraid of achieving your goal, and you do not believe that you are good enough to achieve it, what chance do you have?
The key to success lies with firstly the belief that you can in fact achieve it. Sure it can be scary, intimidating and sometimes overwhelming but if you genuinely believe that you can achieve it, then those emotions can be used for motivation and fuel towards success instead of becoming the source of failure.
Negative self talk is a tricky one; one that I personally struggle with and not something I profess to know the answer to fully. A simple question can often help put the thoughts into perspective.
How would I feel if someone said those things to me or someone I cared about?
You would probably stand to the person right? The next time negative thoughts creep in, stand up to them.
It might sound like a simple solution, but it is an effective one. It doesn’t completely solve the problem, but it definitely puts it into perspective.
It is much easier to achieve your health and fitness goal if you are being held accountable by more than just yourself.
Let your close friends know what you want to do. Join a group of like-minded individuals. Get a personal trainer. Let your workplace know. Get a training buddy.
Do whatever it takes to build in layers of support, so that when you are finding it challenging, you have people that you can lean on.
It is amazing the difference that a little bit of support can make.
Taking the easy way out.
In this day and age, we are constantly facing the new miracle cure and quick success solution. We are surrounded by efficiency and the ability to get any task done quickly.
Unfortunately this does not work with health and fitness.
If you are constantly trying a 4 week diet or the newest training fad, how are you equipping yourself with the tools required and the consistency needed in order to achieve a long lasting lifestyle change?
Stop looking for the easy way out. Find balance in your life and understand that it might take a while. For me 6 months of hard work and learning that will last a lifetime far outweighs being on the rollercoaster for another 10 years.
In a perfect world, if we were to put this all together at once, we would have an unbeatable path to success.
- Found the right balance of available time and aligned it with goals and expectations
- Focussed our energy on developing our own knowledge and shifted it away from comparing ourselves to others.
- Removed the short-term viewpoint and developed the understanding of long-term success.
- Reduced the level of fear and negative self-talk so we know believe and are excited by the prospect of achieving something scary.
- Found more than just ourselves to keep us accountable, building in layers of support and understanding.
- Moved away from the rollercoaster of easy options and quick fixes, instead moving towards a longer term commitment
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