George Bernard Shaw once said “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.” Life is full of obstacles, they will never end. How you react and approach them is what makes the difference between being successful and overcoming them or the obstacles controlling your life. This holds true when it comes to your health, just as in any other part of your life.
Let’s take a look at 5 obstacles many of you may be facing on your “LIVE well. BE well.” journey, and how you might be able to look at it from a different perspective.
1. Lack of Time: This is one of the more common reasons or excuses for not exercising, eating well, or taking care of your health in other ways. Frankly, this is one of the easiest excuses out there, because we are all busy right? The lack of time excuse usually boils down to prioritizing and desire. If you really have a desire to do something deep in your core, you will always find the time. Are you interested in becoming healthy or committed? Decide to be committed, and allow nothing to stop you.
2. Lack of Confidence or Knowledge: You either don’t know where to start, or lack the confidence that you will follow through. When in doubt, ask for help. I’m sure there are plenty of people in your circle of friends that would love to help…and maybe even join you on your journey. When all else fails, use Google. We live in the Information Age where there is a limitless amount of information right at our finger tips.
3. Lack of Money: In many cases this one can be very real, but when it comes to your health there is always a way. You very well may have to be very smart about how you use your available finances, but this should not stop you from being healthy.
4. Old Habits Die Hard: “I’m too old to change”. Have you heard that one? I think we all have. That is something said by someone that actually doesn’t want to change, not that they are too old. Habits are also very real, but with persistence you can overcome any of them and be free from the shackles that were holding you back. Break your old bad habits, and you will be a great example to all your friends and family of what can be.
5. Adequate Support: Sometimes it simply comes down to those around you not supporting you in your health journey. The reality is people who are unhealthy and miserable love to have company. That may sound cold, but you need to live your life for you first and no one else. And some might say that sounds selfish. To which I would ask…who is more equipped to help someone else…one full of energy, resources, and ability…or someone who is exhausted, broke, and unable to help. By taking care of you, you create the opportunity to care for others. Be a shining example of what can happen in your life if you change and embrace a healthy lifestyle.
Whether with your health, or other aspects of your life, when faced with a challenge try and look at it from a new perspective. Ask yourself what you need to do to not only overcome it, but also to gain positive momentum from it. Remember, life is a journey where we are constantly changing and evolving. It will never stay the same. The question is, how are you going to keep changing for the better? Commit to this perspective, and this will help you to…