Am I My Own Obstacle?
We are often the obstacle standing in our way when it comes to health and fitness. We don’t mean to be and oftentimes, we don’t even realize what we’re doing. Life happens and we get distracted or uninterested. Anticipating the obstacle and doing something to get them out of your way will set you up for the success you’re after!
Not Knowing YOUR Reasons “Why”
Sure, it’s easy to answer why you’re working out with a simple “I want to lose weight” works but why? What is driving your goal to lose weight, build muscle, or whatever the goal is? It can cause us to lose motivation if we don’t know or consider why we are doing whatever it is.
For some of us, the lack of WHY can become an obstacle. It gets in the way, even though it sounds like it shouldn’t. Knowing why we want to reach goals helps us keep our eye on the prize at the end of the tunnel. It’s easy to look the other way and move on, but that’s not going to help achieve goals. Always remember your reasons why, and it can help you eliminate that unnecessary obstacle you may have not even realized was present.
Not Setting A Game Plan
Setting your goals and getting excited about them is only half of the fun. When you don’t create a game plan for achieving your goals, it might not happen. Once again, you’re creating a bump in your own road.
Let’s stick with the goal being to lose weight. Having a goal doesn’t give you the steps to reaching that goal. You’ll have to formulate a plan that works for you so you can lose weight. Maybe include things like how much time you’ll dedicate a week to working out, how your diet can change, and any other steps that help you do what you’re setting out to. Not having a plan is like having a destination set without directions on how to get there.
A Lack of Confidence
Having confidence, not to be confused with arrogance, is an essential aspect to succeeding. A lack of confidence is only another bump in your road. It can be hard for some of us to remain or have confidence, but it’s important to try and muster some up if we want to reach our health and fitness goals. You might have some goals that seem intimidating but similar to a child learning to walk, you have to take it one step at a time. It’s all about finding the right perspective about everything to get where you want to go!
Not Enough Resources
Some health and fitness goals can take a lot of prep time or training. This can be challenging when you work full-time or have other obligations that take precedence over another aspect. You don’t need expensive equipment to get the job done. Little things like waist training belts and body bands can provide a similar workout intensity minus a trip to the gym. Maybe you want to eat healthier, but lunch break only allows you enough time to hit a fast food restaurant. Consider trying meal prep in advance, and you can eat healthy all the time.
We don’t mean to be our worst enemy or obstacle. Often, we don’t realize that the problem has to do with us. Push past any excuses, find the root of the issue, and work towards improving yourself by eliminating obstacles you may or may not have put in your own way. We’ve all been guilty of it at one point or another.