How To Make Yourself Do What You Need To Do

We have goals.  You probably have something in mind right now that you would like to achieve but you’re having a hard time getting started.  I’m going to share some tips on how to make yourself do what you need to do so you can get to where you want to be.

Let’s Do This!

Usually it’s fear that holds us back from trying new things but not always.  Here are some other things that might be holding you back from what you really want to do:

You’re afraid you won’t do it right.

A lot of times the doubting voice in your head keeps you from even trying something.  This is a protection mechanism.  Maybe you’re afraid of disappointing someone or, worse yet, yourself.  The problem with this type of thinking is it keeps you stuck.  So now you’re ‘safe’ but you’re stuck.  Protecting yourself from discomfort and disappointment is a normal thing.  This becomes a problem when it keeps you stuck in a situation that you’re not happy with.  What you need to do is think about all the benefits that will come from reaching your goal.  Then think about the dire consequences of not doing anything at all.  Once it’s in your head that staying where you are is a negative thing you’ll be able to jump in with both feet and get things done.

You just don’t feel like doing it.

We all have days where we just don’t feel like doing the things we have to do so you have to make it non-negotiable.  When I don’t feel like teaching my spin class it doesn’t matter because I don’t have a choice.  I have people who are coming to my studio for a workout and I have to be there to teach it.  When I don’t feel like teaching I just push that thought away and get my butt to the studio to deliver the best class I can.  Figure out how to make what you need to do non-negotiable.  Find someone to be accountable to.  Accountability and support almost guarantees results.

It’s going to be uncomfortable.

Some things in life are unpleasant but they still need to be done.  Improving your health and fitness means leaving your comfort zone and it can be hard to leave that comfort zone.  You know what happens in the comfort zone?  Not a damn thing!  You stay exactly where you are or, as with health and fitness, you end up doing damage to yourself.  Don’t let the thought of being uncomfortable stop you from achieving goals.  For a small amount of discomfort just think of what the rewards are.  You’ll have more energy, you’ll feel more confident, you’ll look and feel younger, your quality of living will be much better later in life, you’ll be around longer for your loved ones.  In exchange for some temporary discomfort you’ll avoid chronic discomfort.

Take Action! 

What changes do you want to make in your life?  Decide and take action!