When creating a goal, its important to realize that you are eventually going to get to the point when you are faced with the dilemma of following through with it or not. You will wake up some morning and the bed will feel more satisfying in that moment than getting out of bed to heading to the gym. Or that bag of candy will seem more appealing than the mere goal of reducing the amount of sugar intake you allow yourself. The Dilemma.
If you are anything like me, that little voice in your head telling you to sleep in or eat the candy tends to be more loud and annoying than your will power can handle from time to time. I like to call that voice my inner wimp. When in a dilemma, caving in is a simple way to stop the anxiety your inner wimp provokes. So what is one to do?
History books are full of people who have been able to overcome difficulties in their own minds and live out their lives in a way that doesn't yield to the inner wimp. So how do we overcome? Psychology will tell you that people change for many reasons but for the sake of achieving a goal such as getting to the gym or eating properly, the change has to be seen as an extremely positive thing. In fact, it must be so overwhelmingly positive that it is seen and felt as the truth. You must believe beyond a doubt that going to the gym isn't just going to help you shed a few pounds, but it is actually going to save your life. You must be compelled that, this "going to the gym business" is the only way of life. The old is gone, the new has come.
Expect some "set backs." These are normal. At least I hope so because I have them all the time. I haven't run in two weeks, but have a marathon this month! That is, a great example of the inner wimp getting the best of me. But during these times, beating yourself up about it isn't going to help. Just know that the real you, the best version of yourself is out there waiting, you just have to get back up and start where you left off. Set backs don't equal you not reaching your goal. They only appear in the moment more catastrophic than they really are. It's another example of the inner wimp blowing things out of proportion.
Your Goals Await!