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8 Tips if you are stuck at the starting line.
- Figure out why you are stuck. The first thing you need to do is to figure out why you are stuck. What’s keeping you from taking your first step? Is it fear or something else? (And yes, sometimes it can be just pure laziness :p). Knowing why you are stuck is a tangible step to becoming unstuck.
- Figure out why you want to do xyz. Understanding your why for anything you do is important. Why do you want to start eating better? Is it to lower your cholesterol? Or fit back into those skinny jeans hiding in the back of your closet? (Identifying your why might help you decide if you even need to be at the starting line!)
- Visualise your life with xyz done. How will you feel? What will it mean for you to have this thing done (or at least started)? Imagine your life with this goal complete. This type of visualization is motivating and can nudge you closer to your first step forward.
- Make a plan. Sometimes, with more complex goals, the starting point isn’t always clear, You could do this, or that. But which step is the right step! Get clear on what your first step is. Write it down.
- Be accountable. Sometimes all we need is some accountability. There have been many times I’ve wanting to start something and kept it to myself. But as soon as I tell a friend, and know that the next coffee date will include questions about xyz, I’m much more inclined to step off the starting blocks.
- Put failure into perspective. If your main reason for being stuck is fear, take some time to put that fear into perspective. Will you really fail? Will the failure be that bad? Are you risking your home and livelihood? Or your reputation? Of course, if there is a lot at stake this will be difficult. But there’s also a good chance you’ve overestimated the negative consequences of your perceived failure.
- Warm up (but not for too long). Most good runners will perform some sort of warm-up before a race. It helps prepare their body for what’s about to happen. You need to do the same. Good preparation keeps failure on the sidelines and makes success much more likely. I did a fair amount of preparation before I sat down and wrote the first sentence of the first chapter of the book I’m writing. It gave me the confidence I needed to get off the blocks. But I also didn’t overdo it. Because I can do all the preparation in the world, but if I don’t have a manuscript to hand over, there is no book. Don’t use preparation as a procrastination tool.
- And go! Yes, you’re here. You have to do the thing you want to do. No more waiting. Remember there will never be the perfect time to take your first step. So just do it. Apply for that job, sign up for the fitness class, tell someone about the bad habit you want to ditch,
Wanna know the secret sauce to all of this though?
You actually might fail. It’s true. You might. But even if you fail you’ll have learned something. Which means you’ll have grown. You’ll have some knowledge about yourself that you didn’t have before. And this makes the failure, um… a non-failure.
And now the hard part… APPLICATION.
Seize the day.
4 quality sets of 10
12 hang power snatch 115/75
Rest 3 mins