Most people have health and ﬁtness goals. Many people are out chasing them, and many people are sitting and waiting for the right time to get started.
If you see your ﬁtness goals through to fruition, the reward will be priceless. Most health and ﬁtness journeys start with a little research.
Google time is often the mode of transport here. What’s trending? What’s the rage? What seems to be working for others? The deeper the search goes, the more confusing it all becomes. And there is a clear reason why.
Slowly our world and lives have been moved more and more onto social media platforms. It’s a place we tend to celebrate our wins in life.
Celebrating is great but with this a problem begins. A problem most people hide, a problem few talk about, a problem no-one is immune to, but it is a problem that causes many people to fail to achieve their health and ﬁtness goals.
So what’s the problem? On social media and the internet we tend to compare ourselves to others. Not just a little, but a lot. So why is that a problem?
It’s a problem because on the internet we tend to only share our wins. We tend to only show what is going well for us. Just like a coin has two sides, so too does every health and ﬁ tness journey. But we tend to only see the good side.
Seeing the best bits all the time embeds a dangerous benchmark for us to shoot for. Everyone talks about the good things — the wins, the successes, the things that make them feel good. But what about the downside?
All health and ﬁtness journeys have both sides of the coin. To be successful and achieve your goals, this is super-important to understand. The reason why we embark on any health and ﬁtness journey is because we have something we want to achieve in this department.
It may be to look better, it may be to feel better, it may be to function better, or it may be a combination of each. What we do know, however, is that the things we currently do in everyday life aren’t getting us there. The habits we have created and lived by for ﬁve, 10, 20, 30 years now need to change.
This is super-hard to do, but it is achievable for everybody. It takes time to learn what this new normal is. It takes time to learn how it ﬁ ts your life. It takes time to learn how to master it all.
While we learn our new normal, mistakes are to be expected. Self-doubt is real. Stress and frustration may rise too, but it will all be temporary while you learn your new normal. It’s important to understand that on any health and ﬁtness journey, while working on your new normal you are meant to have good and bad days, you are meant to make mistakes, you are meant to get things wrong and you are meant to have times of frustration.
But it is all part of getting to know and learning your new normal so you can win in the game of life, and reach your health and ﬁtness goals.
Not many people talk about the hard times along the way because they aren’t meant to happen, right? But they will, and it is okay that they do.
So next time you compare your journey to someone who looks perfect, ﬂawless and a dream, remember you are only seeing one side of the coin.
They are hiding the other side from you. Now go out and achieve great things — with time, nothing is off-limits.
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