When it comes to your fitness and health, you’d probably say that
they are important to you.
Yet how committed and consistent are you at taking action in these
two areas, each and every day?
It takes a lot to make significant changes in your lifestyle, your
schedule, and your attitude and outlook…changes that will propel
you towards greater things in your life.
It’s a lot more comfortable to stay where you are, with what you
know, and dream about “If only…”
If only I were thinner. If only I could put on more muscle. If only
I could get control of this stress and anxiety and live in a more
relaxed manner. And so forth…
Seeing the need to change, thinking you ought to change, even
wanting to change are all good. But they don’t quite get it done
when it comes to actually taking the consistent, sustained action
that will enable you to reach your goals.
No, it takes something much stronger. And that something
Yes, that negative, nasty emotion. But it’s true, something very
negative can help you make positive changes.
I used to abhor frustration. I hated the feeling. I think frustration
and boredom are the two states I seek to avoid the most.
However, I’ve realized from my own experiences, as well as working
with others, that you’re not really ready to do the things and think
the thoughts you need to until you are at the end of your rope, and
ready and willing to do what it takes to get out of the situation
you are in.
If, for example, you get to the point that you are really
frustrated with your anxiety and levels of stress, and you don’t
feel like you are improving or getting a handle in this area…or
you are frustrated with your appearance and inability to lose the
weight you want to lose….then celebrate.
Get happy! Put your hands in the air and shout “Hur-rah!”
I’m serious. Because when you get truly frustrated, you are ready
for a breakthrough.
You are at the point where you begin to ask yourself the right
questions and look for the information or resources that can help
So leverage the frustration you may be feeling and use it to
energize and support your efforts to change or improve.
Here’s one more thought on frustration: it can also trip you up.
Once you are on the path to losing weight, or gaining the upper
hand on stress, or improving your energy levels and sense of
control, you may at times experience little or no progress.
You may get frustrated at how slowly things are changing. Or you
may get frustrated at yourself for slipping up or backsliding.
You may think you’ll never reach your goals.
Well, once again, use this frustration as a tool to energize
Don’t let it put you into a funk, or get so down that you give up.
Here’s a great quote I heard a long time ago, that helps describe
“How long would you give the average baby to learn how to walk
before you didn’t let him or her try anymore?”
That’s a crazy question, isn’t it? You’ll give your kid as long
as it takes, and all the love and support to help them, until
he or she learns how to walk.
And think how frustrated babies and toddlers can be at times,
when they are trying to master a new motor skill. But they keep
at it, again and again and again, until they finally get it.
Why not apply this same approach to yourself?
You are a goal-seeking mechanism. Your natural state is to
However, your natural state is also inertia. Kinda like a “good
guy/gal – bad guy/gal” thing. This is the duality of our nature
as human beings.
Therefore, you have to get creative sometimes and use the power
of a strong emotion, such as frustration, to get you off your
you-know-what and into taking action each day toward your goals.
You Can Do It!
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Copyright, Karen Van Ness, 2011