Overcoming obstacles PART 2: Battle plan

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In part 1 of this article I talked about how life doesn’t always run as smoothly as planned and how I tried to cope with an inability to exercise by putting myself into a pizza coma; Here, in part 2, I have laid out a simple go-to strategy plan for when things go tits-up!

Ideally, I would have jumped straight to the strategy mind-set instead of spending a month in pity-party mode. So I thought it would be nice to share my thoughts on how to tackle the situation before it becomes a problem; If you encounter an obstacle that is potentially going to derail your progress, before you panic, stop, breath and follow these simple steps to turning that obstacle into success…

  1. Distract yourself. This may sound counterproductive but hear me out. When things go wrong, we have a tendency to panic and choose the path of least resistance, in this case most likely being the action of swapping our running shoes for slippers and a onesie and making a fort on the sofa for the foreseeable future. Before this becomes a reality I want you to distract yourself immediately – go for a walk, see a friend or do something nice for someone. This will remind you that your life is full of meaningful people and activities and that you’re way too important to resign yourself to a temporary life of Netflix & chill.
  2. Assess the situation. Once you have calmed down from the initial shock of finding out that you might not be able to exercise as much as you’re used to for a while, lay out the facts in plain sight – literally write them down on paper or on your computer. Make a note of the obstacle, what it’s going to stop you from doing and how long for. Doing this will eliminate the factor of uncertainty, (personally this was the hardest part of my situation), and enable you to view it as a project, not a disaster. Once you have done this, it’s time to get creative…
  3. Brainstorm. Think about all the activities you will be able to do throughout the duration of the obstacle, anything from walking the dog to walking up and down the stairs is acceptable – anything that isn’t sitting or standing still! This will only take you 5 minutes and will give you immediate reassurance that all is not lost!
  4. Action plan. Now that you know exactly what your options are, it’s time to put a plan into progress. In various studies, writing down your goals have been shown to increase your chances of succeeding. Write yourself a simple action plan outlining the activities you plan to do, when you’re going to do them (days and times) and what you’re going to do if it doesn’t happen. Eg, “I am going to take my dog for a walk on Saturday mornings at 11am. If this doesn’t happen, I will walk up and down my stairs 20 times before the end of the day on Sunday”. Make a checklist of all your goals so that you can tick them off each day, throughout the entirety of your obstacle.
  5. Begin your journey. Remember that all obstacles in life are a learning curve, so don’t be scared of failure, embrace the challenge and expect bumps along the way. If you realise your current plan isn’t working, go back to step 1 and start again, using the information you already know to help you improve it. Be realistic throughout all of these steps and prepare yourself for the challenge ahead – nobody said it would be easy, but hard work is what shapes us into better human beings after all.

If I hit an obstacle that stops me from exercising again in the future, I’m not going to panic, I’m going to make that obstacle my bitch, and I hope you will do the same.

We can either let life control us or we take control of life. It’s your decision, your journey, your success.


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