Everyone wants to switch their health and fitness habits. So why has taken the first step over-time?
What stops us?
Mostly the brain. One concern is a fundamental law of physics: simple inertia. A body sleeping tends to remain while resting unless and until put to work by an outdoor force. Overcoming inertia takes energy. But brains hoard energy. They need that whack from a third party force such as a mean dog bearing on us, or perhaps an upcoming family reunion or vacation, or not so good news from the doctor to create us move.
Another problem is the brain love stories. Sometimes stories are helpful like if they help us understand events or motivate us. But from what clients inform me, their and fitness stories will be more often filled with scary questions regarding the unknown: If I enter better shape, will I lose my buddies who didn’t? Do I need to be successful? What if I improve my health but my partner doesn’t? How can I eat better if my partner won’t? My family will not want to eat what I eat. How will I manage? If I change my appearance, I’ll get yourself a lot of attention-how will which make me feel? What kind of consumers are these new admirers? Why didn’t they look closely at me before? And the biggest one: What if I fail?
Every time we fail, remember that, as their pharmicudical counterpart remembers. Part of your mind that protects you against dark alleys and poison berries will turn up and search the info base for previous failures. If it finds any, it can fight challenging you to stop when you start-even if this means possessing those extra 40 pounds and also a pre-diabetes diagnosis. The brain doesn’t care. It will relentlessly remind you of your previous failures (been able to buyer’s remorse?) before you sit back down. Or never wake up.
What will any of us do to pass over our brain’s force-field? Perhaps the ideal thing we can do for ourselves is always to remember that we invent nearly all of our fears. Fear = False Expectations Appearing Real. We start telling ourselves imaginary stories brimming with potential problems and thus inevitable failures. And we keep re-writing the stories with each new fearful situation.
What will we do with this?
Try telling your hair a different story. Self-talk is real and it’s really important. So is having support. As my clients identify 6 months after getting started with us, “What was I thinking?? This is actually fun!” Your brain loves stories. So why not use that knowledge to build success. Ask yourself, “What would life seem like if I aced this?” And start writing following that…