By Erika Kawamura
Close your eyes for a minute and think about your dreams and what you want to accomplish in life, whether that be the things you want to experience in your bucket list, your health goals, your professional goals, and so on…..So what’s stopping you? ...
strengthforwomen.pagedemo.co/Aside from practical barriers such as financial constraints or life circumstances, let’s take a closer look underneath and really be honest with ourselves. For the sake of this blog, let’s focus on our health goals. Most of us want to be healthy and feel good about ourselves on the inside and out, and can come up with a list of really good reasons: “I want to be around for my grandchildren,” “I have a strong family history of (medical condition) and don’t want to end up like my (family member/relative),” “I just feel good physically and like the way I look when I’m eating well and exercising regularly.” But it’s always easier said than done, right? We end up making a lot of excuses such as “I know I should, but….,” “I want to, but…,” “If only…., then I can.” Here are some common internal barriers.
Fear and anxiety itself are not necessarily a bad thing; it can serve as a defense and survival mechanism, and an optimal amount can even help us perform our best. However, it can hold us back from change, growth, and going after what we want. It can take many forms: Fear of failure, Fear of success (e.g. run out of excuses, still not happy, the pressure to continue succeeding), Fear of disappointment, Fear of bad things happening, Fear of the unknown, the list goes on. Can you relate to any of these? What are some other fears that are relevant to you?
We can be the harshest critic to ourselves and our own worst enemy. My goodness, if we say the things we say to ourselves and treat other people the way we treat ourself, we’d be left with no friends! Along the lines of fears of failure and disappointment, many of us are hesitant to take steps toward our goals because we doubt that we can do it or we feel that we’re not good enough.
It’s Unfamiliar, It Takes Too Much Effort, and Other Excuses
As humans, we’re a creature of habit, we tend to like routine and familiarity, and we prefer to stay in our comfort zone. Right? That’s part of what makes change and focusing on working toward our goals so hard. It takes more time, effort, and work to rewire our habits or learn new skills, it’s hard to keep it a priority when other things get in the way and easy to let it get to the bottom of the list or postpone altogether, and it can oftentimes feel overwhelming as to where or how to start or simply not have the necessary resources. What are some of the other excuses you tell yourself?
This is not meant to make you feel bad about yourself! Rather, it’s important to identify the personal barriers that we put up in front of us are the same ones that hold us back from ever taking steps toward our goals. This way, we can own it, stop blaming external sources, and work toward overcoming them. Through our “Strength for Women, Strength for Life” Program, we can provide you with the guidance, resources, and knowledge to help you get started on your journey toward your desired health/fitness goals and overcome roadblocks to help keep you on track! strengthforwomen.pagedemo.co/