Someone once asked me a really good question that I think changed my life. I needed to make a decision, and I was getting way too caught up in all the details. She simply asked, “what would you do if you weren’t afraid?” What? I’m not afraid! I’m just trying to make the right decision! But when I really thought about it, I only hesitated out of fear of failure. Underneath that, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
When it comes to our nutrition and fitness journeys, many of us (myself included!) are great at coming up with reasons not to take the jump into something new. Theoretically, we know some of our habits need to change. We know that a healthier lifestyle would help us feel better, be more present for our kids, and be more productive at work. We think we’d be happier if we made those changes, but maybe later.
I don’t think I’m alone in finding some unwanted dust bunnies in the corners of my decision-making process. Arm yourself with the vacuum and march into that room filled with “what ifs” and “maybe laters.” Is there some “what if I can’t do it?” under the couch? A tangle of “what if I look silly?” in the corner? A spot of “what if it’s too uncomfortable?” on the wall?
We can never totally get rid of our fears, and we shouldn’t try. Some natural hesitancy keeps us safe and sane! But when we take a hard look, we might realize how much the “what ifs” dictate our choices or keep us from making good changes. It’s time for some spring cleaning: what would you do if you weren’t afraid?
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