Don’t Get In Your Own Way When Working Towards A Goal

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Half the battle in reaching a goal is getting to the actual starting point. As I mentioned yesterday, I’m a big procrastinator when it comes to starting. Even when I really want a goal, sometimes I just can’t find the time to start. Ask me how my painting is going. Yeah. Other times, it’s me standing in my own way.

Like a lot of people I over think things. What if this, what if that? I’m not sure where to start or what is needed. I don’t have the money. I might not be any good at it. There are bazillions of reasons for any given situation. If we let them, they will get in the way of starting the work towards a goal.

Yesterday I posted the goal sheet that I use in defining my goals along with the tasks to reach it and deadlines. I even gave one of my own examples that I’m doing right now. Here’s something else that I use to define the barriers that are getting in the way of my goal and what I can do to get rid of the barriers.

Goal Barriers

In my own experience, barriers tend to turn out to be excuses instead of real barriers. By writing them down on paper, it gets me to recognize them for what they are and brainstorm with myself to find ways to get around them. It sounds simple enough but it’s really eye-opening to put it into practice. It also gets you to be creative at times and get outside your comfort zone.

I’ve learned a lot about myself and my fears in this process. I put my goal from the goal sheet at the top and then write down each excuse/barrier in the first person as if I was telling a friend the problem. Once I’ve got the excuse identified, I brainstorm ways around it. I write these down as if a friend was giving me advice on what to do to fix my problem.

Back to my goal from yesterday, here are a couple of the barriers I worked through.

Excuse
I don’t have the money to pay for a personal trainer course.

Resolution
Don’t rule out costs before you even begin researching. There are different courses that meet various budgets. Find a few courses that meet your needs, and get the costs. It may not be as bad as you think. You’re also getting a tax refund that you can use to pay for the course instead of blowing it on silly stuff you don’t need.

Excuse
I don’t have the time to study.

Resolution
Try breaking it down into smaller blocks of time – a half hour here or there. When you sit mindlessly watching the news at night, you could be studying at the same time. A little bit each day adds up and you’ve got plenty of time to complete the class before the deadline.

Excuse
I’m not sure I can remember all of this workout and nutrition information.

Resolution
You live exercise and nutrition daily. You know body parts, exercises, macros, calories in, calories out without even trying. You definitely know more than you give yourself credit for. This will just build on your knowledge and help others AND you in your own fitness.

See how easy it is when you get going? Instead of constantly talking yourself out of it, you get the chance to talk yourself into something. Maybe in the process, you might realize that the goal really isn’t for you. After all if you really can’t knock down the barriers, it may just not be the right time. It doesn’t mean never, just maybe not now.

Now that I think of it, I need to get this sheet going for my squat hatred issue. Think it’ll work? 😉

To save the goal barrier sheet and use it for yourself, click the image to open it in a new window then right click and save it to your computer. Feel free to pass it on.

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