In a survey performed by BodyVision, 100 people were asked ‘What is the biggest frustration you are experiencing right now about incorporating healthy habits into the everyday?’ The survey was to try to find the top 3 obstacles that get in the way of feeling and looking one’s very best.
The surprise came in the results of the survey. 27 different items were submitted from individuals who claimed these were keeping them from moving forward in this area of their life. None of them came out a ‘winner,’ the answers were evenly spread. Most all of the survey participants indicated wanting to make a change at some level, but the sheer number of issues lead to a much different conclusion.
First, here are some of the answers:
Overcoming habits, high anxiety, no time, conflict in the household, attitude, planning and completing tasks, getting enough sleep, too much to do, not concentrating on foundation work, water intake, organizing, prioritizing, adding on little changes, overcoming constraints, mindset, ambivalence, packaged foods, emotional eating, snacks at work, putting in effort, lack of confidence, frustrated about diets, overwhelm, grabbing ‘whatever’ at the supermarket, being tired, don’t know where to start, and my very favorite; ‘lack of commitment to one’s own good.’
Interesting to note, the obstacles are mostly intangibles or require small shifts to set improvement in motion.
Why is that encouraging?
The mind works hard to protect us from danger, and from change. The items on the list, such as ‘too much to do’ are neatly compartmentalized into a drawer labeled ‘why I don’t have what I want.’ This does not require much effort on our part, the thoughts are put in a drawer and forgotten, doing their job to keep the status quo, protecting against failure or extraneous effort.
Internal obstacles can no longer hold their power if they are taken out of hiding, dusted off, and looked at for what they really are. To make the mindset shift that precedes new daily actions, it helps to imagine actually challenging our obstacles and limiting beliefs as if they were people.
Try to identify your biggest obstacle and say something like ‘You are not leading me towards my goals, therefore I am not paying attention to you anymore. I shall now set you free.’ Where issues and obstacles put the mind into gridlock, they need to be removed first. Accepting an inner shift on a deeper level creates a new, positive focus. Then one can use creative energy to look for creative solutions – here is where real change truly happens. The only way to find out is to put it to the test!
What have we learned?
One size does not fit all when it comes to behavior change. No issue is too small to be important. Obstacles come in all shapes and sizes. Revealing them for what they really are is a step in the right direction, even though the ego will disagree. Individual, targeted solutions taking small steps will be the answer. Many of us do know ourselves better than we think. We even know what would be the next step for ourselves if we could just manage to take it. And positive energy will inspire us forward, rather than a constant search for ‘motivation,’ as if it were something you could buy in a shop.
Using your inner knowledge, the ‘simplicity that lies on the other side of complexity,’ will lead to the unfolding of the wellness plan, the transformation that comprises true success
What are your obstacles? And how could you challenge them?