Think things are bad? Read this one:
You have started in your new direction and that means change. With any change there are obstacles to overcome. You have already overcome the first obstacle--your own brain. You have made a conscious decision to do something different even though you know it may be hard. Kudos to you! Consider us your cheering section, "Go, go, go. You can do it!"
Your second obstacle is likely to be other people. The people you interact with on a daily basis are accustom to the old you and may not like the idea of a new you. They may believe that if you change they may be required to change. Boohoo for them. You have come too far to cave now. Don't let other people hold you back. Instead, send them the URL for this website with a nice invitation to change with you. As it has been stated other places here on this site: change is hard and people don't like it. That goes for the people making the change and the people who will be affected by it.
These 'other people' may consciously or unconsciously try to sabotage you with their words and actions. Consciously, because they want you to fail for their own reasons. Unconsciously, because they are afraid your change may cause them discomfort. Whenever these other people come to you with phrases such as:
"One bite can't hurt."
"You know you want to."
"Here, have one of these cookies."
"Want to have a smoke with me?"
"Let's just have just one drink to celebrate."
"Come on. You're no fun anymore."
"Once won't hurt anything."
"Things will be different. I promise."
--beware! Put the words in context, think about the other person's motivations, think about what you want and where you want to go, then say 'no' if you know it's the right thing to say. (Watch the Challenging Fear online presentation.)
Here comes obstacle number three and it has many faces. It can arrive in the form of boredom, loneliness, fatigue, or stress to name a few. Even the weather can become an obstacle when Mother Nature sees fit. But in the end it boils down to lack of inspiration/ motivation. It is hard to be inspired and motivated every day. It takes a lot of energy. When you are facing your second week of salads, the walk by the smokers outside the office, the lure of the bar on the corner, that sale brochure with the awesome shoes, or the late night pleadings of a former lover, your logic will be screaming "Don't do it!" and your emotions will be ramping up to fight your brain. They naturally want to gravitate back to what they knew, back to that automated response, predictable thing that they didn't have to put effort into--when they thought they were feeling good. Stop, think, and read or listen to some of the inspiration we have prepared for you.
Sometimes you just need to get out of your space and out of your head. Going to the movies is a relatively inexpensive and safe option to make this happen. If you are feeling depressed, watch a comedy or something uplifting. If you are in need of distraction go for a mystery or a thriller. Just remember to stay away from the snack bar.
If you live in the Fayetteville, Georgia area, there is a Dollar Theater in the shopping center at the corner of Banks Road and 85, behind the Chick-fil-a. 10 movies to choose. See what's playing in your area.
If you are on Facebook, you may want to link up to:
They are constantly posting inspirational quotes on a variety of subjects. Who can't use more positive reinforcement.