Plateaus suck. But, do you know what’s worse?
Trying to climb back to the level of that plateau when you’ve given up for a while.
That’s where I am right now.
What began as giving myself some much needed grace and understanding morphed into apathy. And before I knew it, I found myself watching progress for which I’d worked so hard begin to slip away.
Now, I’m at a point where I’m fed up and ready to do something. But, I’m fearful.
“What if I work really hard and never get back to where I was – where I WANT to be?”
“What if I try and I fail?”
My imagined outcome of failure has paralyzed me.
The Coach in me immediately jumps in to remind myself that no effort is ever wasted and that if I continue to do nothing, I will most certainly fail. I like that my inner Coach is logical.
The problem, though, is that this is not a logical problem; I KNOW what I need to do AND why I need to do it, and how doing it will benefit me regardless of the “outcome”.
So, why don’t I just get up and do something?!?
According to Psychology Today,
We react differently to real and imagined threats. Imagined threats cause paralysis. Being scared about all the bad things that may or may not happen in the future makes you worry a lot but take little action. You are stuck in a state of fear, overwhelmed but not knowing what to do. Real threats, on the other hand, cause frenzy. When the threat is imminent and identifiable, you jump to action immediately and without flinching. This is why people are much more likely to change their eating habits after a serious health scare (e.g., a heart attack) than after just reading statistics about the deleterious effect of a diet based on fried foods. If you want to mobilize your troops, you have to put yourself in danger.Theo Tsaousides Ph.D., “7 Things You Need to Know About Fear”, Psychology Today
Interesting. So, if I want to get back on track, I’ve got to override my perceived threat with a real one.
For me, this meant telling someone exactly what I want, how I’ve been sabotaging myself, and setting specific action goals to meet so that they can hold me accountable. It also meant that the person I chose to tell had to be someone who I really don’t want to disappoint – or whose respect I want to earn by being a person of my word.
I found myself a coach.
Perceived Threat: I’ll work hard, but won’t be able to achieve and maintain what I did previously.
Real Threat: I’ll continue to be flakey and disappoint my coach. I’ll be viewed by this person whom I respect, as a slacker or someone who doesn’t take my health and fitness seriously. I’ll waste their time and my money.
This real threat is enough to spur me into action and keep me motivated. And so my trek back up the proverbial mountain begins.
Fitness, like life, is a journey – not a destination. And, on that journey, there will be highs, lows and plateaus. Where are you now?
Is it time for you to mobilize your troops? What is it that you want?
What is your Perceived Threat?
What type of Real Threat do you need to create for yourself in order to overcome the paralysis caused by your perceived threat?
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