One of my wonderful clients shared some words of wisdom with me today (thank you Cindy)
Difficult doesn’t mean impossible
This is so true. So many of us, me included, can find something so difficult that it can SEEM impossible and so we give up. But we are in control of the outcome of our difficulties. I truly believe that if you want something badly, you can make it happen. Nothing in life is easy, we all have our battles but it’s how we deal with them and overcome them that determines our success.
Regardless of the goal, whether it be related to health, career or life in general, it is up to the individual to make things happen. However the environment that you immerse yourself in is just as important. Recently I have felt a great deal of love and support from family and friends and it has been so powerful in keeping me motivated and in a positive frame of mind.
Here are some tips to making the impossible, possible!
Talk it out
We’ve all heard the saying ‘sharing is caring.’ Share your struggles. Confide in a trusted friend or family member about your difficulties. It is highly likely that someone will be able to relate to your struggles or know of someone who has experienced something similar. Knowing that you are not alone can bring so much comfort and feelings of positivity.
As a trainer I encourage my clients to be really open with me about their goals. What do they really want and why. WHY do they want to be thinner?, WHY do they want to be a size 6? It may lead to uncovering an underlying goal that runs a lot deeper. Once you’ve established these goals, write them down. Be specific. If you have a weight loss goal to lose 30lbs, it’s ain’t going to happen in 3 months.. unless you get a gastric band. Create small and realistic goals i.e. aim to lose a lb a week. This is a far safer and more achievable approach to weight-loss.
How annoying, another saying… ‘failing to plan, is planning to fail.’ You have your goals, now it’s time to build a plan and break it down into steps. How are you going to tackle the goals? Who do you need to recruit to help you? Include a timeline for accountability and track your progress as you go. Always refer back to your original goals as a point of reference.
Be accepting of setbacks
It’s very normal for things to not quite workout as planned. Be aware that this is a possibility and try not to feel discouraged of becoming side-tracked. Stop, refocus on your goals and view these ‘road blocks’ as learning curves. How can you do things differently moving forward so you don’t come up against them again.
Surround yourself with supportive people and remove as much negativity as possible. There’s always someone hanging around that just has to stick their nose in and drop a bit of negativity in your life. Remove them, see less of them. They are probably dealing with their own issues. Share your goals with your loved ones, their support will provide motivation and determination. Hey you might even find you’re working towards similar goals and can really help each other!