You met a major goal in the past year: You lost a lot of weight, you got back into working out, you changed your diet, you ran a marathon. It is life changing and glorious to have accomplished something big. But how about that under-the-surface gnawing you feel right now? Is this where you’re going to stop? How long has it been since you reassessed where you are?
We all get blocked this way, sometimes about small changes and other times on a major scale. Being blocked can be a lifetime struggle to overcome a weight problem or a perception that your identity isn’t someone who is athletic. It can also be as simple as never starting a yoga class that you know will add to quality of your life and help you reach your goals.
It’s the culmination of many small mental blocks, such as procrastinating about a yoga class, that end up blocking us from continued growth. Even if we’ve accomplished a major goal, we need to keep pushing through the smaller blocks to accomplish what we want.
My Own Mental Blocks
For myself, I’ve had ongoing realizations that I could be progressing better than I have. Yes, I love my body and its crazy energy level. And I’m still excited to work out every day. I’m even making small strides in size: I’ve gone up a pants size and can tell from pictures that my biceps and lats have grown in the last six months.
But there’s a gnawing feeling that I could be doing more, all the while not doing much about it. Sure, I overcame injuries and the fear of being injured and now feel and look the best of my life. But is that where I should now stop? It’s easy to get stuck once bigger goals are reached.
I know I need to get more calories to build more muscle. I know I could be tracking my progress differently. Slowly I’ve been moving towards getting more calories. But I haven’t been tracking, measuring, or even looking back at my journal enough to understand how I am progressing. I need to try new things to keep going forward.
There are some persistent thoughts that have been thwarting me (see above!), as well as feeling overwhelmed. Is this you as well?
This is called self-defeating behavior, in case you need me to point this out.
There is one technique I want to use to track my progress that I’ve been ignoring. It’s called the one-rep max and I’ll write a post about it soon, but I’ve been avoiding it for various unfounded reasons. However, once I realized that I was mentally blocked about this, it was incredibly liberating.
Suddenly I had permission to just get over feeling overwhelmed and blocked and start squashing down the negative thoughts. Feeling overwhelmed is self-defeating. It gets me nowhere.
So I’ve decided to set small daily goals. Today I’m going to figure out what I’d like to change. Then each day I’ll research a way I can make progress. This will be handy because I can share it in my blog as well. After I’ve researched the options, I’m going to implement one or two methods. I already know how to build muscle. I just need to know how to make progress from where I’m at now.
Notice I didn’t say I’m going to do it all today. Or plan out the whole year. Or put all the methods into use. I’m going to take it one day at a time, one goal at a time, one method at a time. I don’t want to be overwhelmed – and self defeating – again.
It’s a major hurdle just knowing that you’re blocked. Give yourself kudos for that and set a few small goals. Call the yoga studio today and get a schedule. That’s day one. Day two? Look online at what you need for yoga (a mat, water, etc.). Day three? Pick which class you want to go to. You get the picture.
You can make it happen – and here’s a “Good Job” from me in advance. Are you going to break out today?