Life happens right !!
When all is going well, life throws a curve ball ! Why ! Why now ! Why me ! One thought leads to another then another and before you know it you are trapped in a web of negative thoughts you find so hard to escape from ! What happened to your exercise and activity that you were so consistent with? Your emotions have sapped your energy out of you…your mind is in turmoil and the last thing on your mind is exercise…Right here is one of your limiting factors….
Limiting factor #1
Mindset and Psychology
You are emotional and hungry, you haven’t eaten a meal in a while ,at this point the first thing you want and need is comfort foods and that is carbs…simple carbs..don’t care if they are nutrient dense or not..who cares at this point..you are not in a mood to cook a freaking healthy meal…so here you go..fries, samosas, soda, whatever you can lay your hands on and is easiest to grab…you go to the grocery store and grab some cheap, tasty foods…
What happened to that athlete in you? You want to overcome but cannot…
As you can clearly see your Physical health is directly (to a very high degree) proportional to your Emotional health.
Plan of attack : As long as you plan on eating healthy 90% of the times and cheat 10% you are all good. Nobody is 100% perfect. Don’t let the guilt build up and let you lose the motivation to stay healthy. Get to the root cause of emotional turmoil that you are going through..Ask yourself “What is in my control as of now”? If you are feeling low..the last person you need to listen to is YOU yourself…This leads me to the next limiting factor..
Limiting factor #2
Self-talk! What do you talk to yourself about?
What is it like living in your own head? Do you like it?Think about it !
Well, your work-week has started and back to the 9-5 , 5 days a week..You cannot wait for the weekend, when is this Friday going to come? Well, let us get back to reality, it is still Monday and you have an early meeting…got to rush to work..What is your plan? Are you going to grab a bagel with cream cheese and some coffee or you had a plan to plan your week ahead of time. Did you pack your lunch? Oh wait ! There is a lunch meeting today and there will be salad, meat but also doughnuts,cookies, muffins and soft drinks ..How do you avoid that? What the…?? I am going to eat whatever this week and will start fresh from next week..
Plan of attack: This is my favorite. Enjoy a life elevating self-affection .Easier said than done but try it. Responsibility generates self-love and first and the biggest responsibility is to yourself, then to your family and beyond. You speak right for yourself and before you know it your kids will follow your example and there you go..you have started the positive impact on generations to come..this leads us to our next limiting factor…
Limiting factor #3
Planning, Prioritization and Preparation
You don’t like cooking or grocery shopping…It takes too much time ..so you are just going to order dinner from your favorite Chinese or Indian restaurant. You had that over the weekend so might as well just pick up Chipotle and go home , watch your favorite TV show and put some popcorn in the microwave . You remind yourself that this behavior is only for this week…
Plan of attack: This what I do..whenever I am in the kitchen I put some motivational talks,podcasts,training videos basically anything I can listen to and feel productive. Also plan your meals, talk to family members on what they would like to eat for the week..delegate tasks where necessary, make a list of the ingredients needed and time for some action now:))
Limiting Factor #4
Habit Triggers or Habit Pairing
Now you have had a high carb dinner and are super exhausted. Need some sleep right ! But you need to do this one task before sleeping..check your emails . There is a lot going on at work and you have to be up-to-date with everything going on in your project. One email, then 2 and before you know it , it is past midnight ! Wait!!! You are trying to sleep and are tired after a long days work, you are tossing and turning and unable to sleep. Go from 100 to 0 so fast, no way.. you are thinking about your presentation at work, the conversation that you had with your family on how you are not spending any time with them etc..Your parasympathetic nervous system did not even have the time to wind down. What happened to your transition plan?
Plan of attack: Try reading a book before sleeping ..I mean a positive thinking or a personality development/leadership book. Self-love comes from self-improvement. If you have little ones, take the time to read a bed-time story and bless their lives with your time.
Limiting Factor #5
We all know that good sleep is extremely important for mental and physical health yet we are a sleep deprived nation. Not only that people who love to get their 7-8 hr sleep ritual in are usually mocked at and judged as non-performers. Well, it is the other way round..I think for those of us who get our sleep hours in have amazing hormonal balance, consume less calories and don’t have to fight obesity.My productivity and performance have always been at my max with good sleep.
Plan of attack: Sleeping is not a crime…take that thought out of your head. You deserve a good night sleep.Change your thoughts about sleep and create a new system for yourself. One of our greatest power lies in the ‘power of choice’. We have the right to make a decision to live in the present, not brood over the past or worry about the future.
So, as always , I will say this again…YOU ARE IMPORTANT, YOU ARE LIMITLESS, we as humans create our own limiting factors and we ourselves can get rid of them.