Are you on the go from the moment you wake up? Your head may fill with panic as you open your eyes in the morning and take your first leap out of bed thinking of your To Do list. Your feet might not have even touched the ground before you’re holding that cup of coffee for an instant energy fix as you juggle your morning tasks. You may not even remember the last time you sat down to just BE. There’s too much to be done to sit down.
Is this sounding like the average day for you?
The first steps in your change may seem tiny, insignificant or the equivalent of 1% of where you want to be. They seem so unimportant that we use it as a way to stay still and stagnant. But we know there is a cost to staying stuck and comfortable. No GROWTH.
The 1% is the most important part of your journey but it's also the hardest part as it takes the most effort. Getting past that zero point to create motion and action will challenge your mind so much as it persuades you to put it on your virtual shelf for some day in the future that never comes... 'One day when you have the time or effort.'
A mindful picture I took when I was recently in Ubud, Bali, having a mindful moment.
Do you see your path, know exactly where you want to be or even feel or know what you want but struggling to take action? Do you feel the path looks uneven, a little scary and too far to reach?
Is fear and doubt winning and taking over? Not starting or procrastination is just a form of fear. Fear that you'll look stupid if you don't succeed and wrapping up your self worth in achieving your goals.
You may not even think you're procrastinating and putting those blocks in, so I thought i'd highlight a few ways you might be playing it safe and avoiding taking action.
Have you recently taken those first steps with a new habit or have you been trying out your new habit for a while and are feeling overwhelmed with the whole process, questioning whether it will get easier, when will I feel or see the results for the effort I've been putting in? When will I see changes?!
Creating and managing new healthy and existing habits can be a challenge at times and from my previous blog, you know it's completely normal to have the self doubt creep in and you begin to lose your motivation! We've all been there!
Do you ever plant a seed and then continuously dig it up to check that it's growing?
That's exactly what our minds do when we are trying out a new habit - pulling it apart, questioning every bump to figure out whether it's making a difference. Strangling the new habit with an unrealistic time scale!
When we embark on any new habit, without us realising, we have expectations and judgements on that new habit. If we don't see or feel the results straight away - our mind uses it as an escape route to feel discouraged and give up to avoid the feelings associated with low motivation and drive. It's safe and comfortable there for the sneaky mind but it comes with that feeling of failure and questions your worthiness. It doesn't feel nice to be in that discomfort and self doubt zone.
This was me last week having a mindful moment by the ocean after dropping the kids off at daycare and going for a morning run in the sunshine. So grateful for these moments. Makes me feel alive!
So , we want to move our body but find ways to do it efficiently. One of our biggest blocks when embarking on a new healthy habit is time. So this is why I tailor workouts to make sure they work as many muscle groups as possible.
Here are some exercises I filmed over the weekend......
Let’s face it- planking can be boring!!! I 💕getting creative with core work and challenging your body in a way you never thought you could!
Here’s a way you can add a bit of fun into your planks. I just used one of the kids balls but you could use a weighted ball to make it more challenging. Keep watching for an alternative without the ball.
How has your wellbeing journey looked like in the past?
Do you fluctuate between these scenarios….
These 2 scenarios are at the extreme ends of the scale but there is an underlying emotion behind both thoughts and behaviours and it’s probably hidden away deep in the subconscious...
Mindset is something I love to talk about when it comes to women’s fitness. Most of the time when I first meet a client, they are struggling with the mindset. They want to do the exercise but they don’t know how to begin or don’t even think they are capable.
When we work together on the mindset, the changes really happen.
I was listening to a recent podcast, something I love to do, and I loved the concept of the Fixed and Growth Mindset. It’s a theory Carol Dweck came up with over 30 years ago.
We’ll use exercise for an example and let’s say you have never exercised before. If you have a FIXED mindset, you’ll think that you’ll never be able to exercise the way you see others exercise and that you’re just not an active person. You decide it’s not for you and use it as an excuse not to start, even though you know it would be good for you. We’ve all done this with some area of our life.