Whether you’re training for a race, starting a new fitness program or trying to lose some weight; obstacles are going to come up along your path. You could be facing an injury, have a few bad days with eating or let your excuses catch up with you. It’s what you do when you face the obstacle that really shows you how bad you want to reach your goal. If you’re a person that has given up because of an obstacle, I’d like to give you some tips to keep pushing, despite the odds that are stacked against you.
1. Realize that obstacles happen to EVERYONE! There is no perfect road to success. We all face obstacles along the way because life is real and brutal. Your journey doesn’t end with your first roadblock. Remember the road to success isn’t straight and easy, it’s filled with twists and turns and many ups and downs.
2. If the plan you’re following doesn’t work, don’t give up. Just change the plan and keep your eyes focused on your goal. There are many different ways to get to your goal and adjusting the route doesn’t mean you’ve failed. Sometimes the plan changes with stuff that’s completely out of your control but try your best to adapt and keep going. Steps in the right direction, no matter how small will lead you where you need to be.
3. You need to remember that a few bad days doesn’t ruin your journey. The only thing that ruins your journey is giving up at the first sign of trouble. You don’t need a perfection, just progress. Extend yourself some grace for the bad days and start over again. Forgive yourself for getting off track and let it go. If you’re always beating yourself up it’s going to be really hard to have success.
4. Obstacles are put in our way and how we handle them proves what we’re made of. When you get to your goal and you had to fight through many obstacles, success is just that much sweeter. Trust me on that and keep pushing forward despite all the odds that are stacked against you.