Fitness: Fear Is An Inhibitor, by Sandra O’Brien

I literally laughed out loud when I saw the topic for this month’s article. Even the best of us fall off the wagon sometimes, and I have been stuck in many ways the past several weeks. Workouts were sporadic at best. My eating was… well, let’s just say there is plenty of room for improvement, and not mention my affair with coconut cappuccino ice cream! This stuck mode was even stalling my relationship with my man. I wanted to discuss a topic with him for weeks, but didn’t bring it up. I have been the queen of procrastination lately, stuck in the status quo and afraid to move forward. Fear, whether acknowledged or not, is a very powerful inhibitor.

This of course, brings up the question: what is there to be afraid of? To move forward, we typically must let go of something. What we need to let go of, is something we have held tight for a long time and have believed, at one time anyway, that it served us well. In letting go of the past thoughts and habits, we create space for the new: something, someone, some situation which is better than we now experience. The issue with the new is, well, it’s new, unfamiliar, and unknown. What if letting go of the familiar creates something other than what we desire? What if the outcome, the reaction from another, is not what we hope for? Is it better to live with things as they are, even if not in total joy, than to let go and experience the unknown? I say no way.

One hundred percent of the time, what holds us back is in our mind only. Some preconceived notion of what is going to happen based upon a past experience, which has absolutely nothing to do with now. If we flow through life with the belief it all works out for our highest good, we would save ourselves much grief and procrastination patterns. Read that again and understand it. Always assume everything always works out for the best. For your best, and the best of all involved. One hundred percent of the time. This one thought will change your life. Live in integrity and let all else go.

Adopting this belief, and holding it as your mantra, will aid you greatly in getting back on track to living your dreams. Sometimes the outcome we desire is delayed. The fat takes longer to drop off, the strength gains are smaller than we desire. People’s reactions leave us thinking, “Really?” Regardless of what it looks like at the time, no matter how messed up it may appear at the time, always know something is out there, on its way to you, that is better than what now is. Focusing on what you desire, and letting go of your attachment to how things are, will always be your fastest, most direct route to getting what you wish to create in all areas of your life.

Accept the fact that even the best of us, the most motivated and disciplined fall off the wagon at times. Judging yourself or others is wasted energy. Everything in life is temporary. What you have to lose will never outweigh what you have to gain. That is my reality and I will stick with it. I know you will succeed in your dreams, if you stay open to releasing resistance and following what feels good. You are doing awesome!!

Live in the flow,
Sandra

Sandra O'BrienSandra O’Brien is mother to the world’s three most fabulous children. She is also a Law of Attraction Life Coach, Personal Trainer, and Reiki healer. She is creator of the Bootcamp Goddess system, a female fitness program to blowtorch body fat, sculpt sexy lean muscle and empower women everywhere to be the best version of themselves, inside and out. She enjoys the ocean, fire walking, reading, long walks, meditation, men in linen shirts and a full moon.

  1. My take on this is when you feel that itch for the unknown there’s a reason. Here’s the rub, we don’t always know exactly what that is which then calls to mind – ‘well why take the leap of faith, I’m comfortable right where I am!’? Because as you say, you feel stuck and need to grow. creating space can be going as far as 100 feet at a time in the fog – that’s not so scary. don’t worry about the road ahead, just enjoy the drive.

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  2. Such a great reminder. I, too, have been stuck in muck that is procrastination and avoidance, even though I’m avoiding things that are ultimately good for me. It’s oh so easy to stay in the familiar because it’s safer than the unknown, though it doesn’t serve us. Time to get unstuck!

  3. It’s an interesting dilemma – the act of “letting go” ……. I believe it is based not only on fear but all emotions attached to either a feeling, person, thought or act. When all emotions are eradicated and fear is dismissed, can one truly “let go” of the issue at hand and “move on” with life. When this happens, a transformation takes place. Awareness of those emotions is key to what’s holding us back and when we can address them with our entire Being, it is then we can make the “leap of faith” and freedom prevails! 🙂

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