DO: Pushing Your Limits

The only thing that stops you from reaching your goals is the limitations you put on yourself. Some of the comments I often receive on my Instagram account is, "If I only had your determination" or "I wish I was as motivated as you." What holds us back from reaching our goals can be a mixture of fear, doubt, physical abilities or lack of confidence to achieving our dreams. 

Most people have a hard time working past these limitations and give up. In the past year I've learned to push past my limits and though I've had road blocks and set backs that have attempted to slow my down, I managed to find ways to push past them. 

Here are some things you can do to help you get to your goals.

1. Go public with your commitment.

This idea can be frightening especially if you're like me, someone who has had countless attempts to get into shape and failed in the past. I started a separate Instagram account devoted to my health and fitness as a way a for me to track my progress and hold me accountable. I knew that I couldn't run from my posts and since Social Media is a huge medium for me to communicate with my friends from all over the country, I felt it was a good space for me to share my new goals pertaining my fitness.

2. Visualize achieving your goal.

Like many women and even some men, we seek out fitspiration in magazines and other IG accounts of people we want to look like or be. Try to start visualizing yourself as that person. Start imagining you having that body you've always dreamed of. Start chasing the unicorn. It's easy to wish for things we don't have, but the moment you change your thinking to start imaging yourself already at the end it shifts the dynamic of your approach to trying to get to your goal. In your head you're already there. Your body just has some catching up to do.

3. Adopt practices of others who have had similar goals.

Start working out with friends. Do some research on other people who have succeeded in their own goals, ask questions, and see what they did to push their limits. Although what has helped them may not work for it, its always great to get an insight on what has worked for others in the past. 

5. Seek out inspiration daily. 

Inspiration is all around us. You can find it in music, on the internet, and even by talking to a friend who inspires you. If you're working on making big lifestyle changes its important to immerse yourself in the things that help you stay inspired. This may sound silly, but there are days where I start it off with a song called Best Day of My Life by American AuthorsThis song has often helped me set the tone of my day when I've listened to it during my morning workout. Whatever it may be that helps to keep you motivated and inspired, do more of it. 

6. Understanding self improvement begins with self awareness.

Build on your strengths and work on your weaknesses. Start off with any area that needs improvement. For example, if eating healthier is a struggle for you; focus on improving that first by preparing your meals so that you're successful on your meal plan and not distracted by "cheat foods". If getting up in the morning to work out is challenging for you, then try ending your evenings earlier and spend some time preparing for the next day. You'll find that focusing on improving these areas will help you immensely towards your goals.

7. Celebrate your smallest accomplishments.

I talk about this on my Instagram account all the time! I believe in celebrating the smallest accomplishments throughout your fitness journey. These small celebrations help keep one on track towards the big picture. Don't just look forward to the big accomplishment such as your end weight goal to celebrate. The small things count too. One of my goals for 2013 was to be able to do a handstand push-up. I always thought it was so awesome to see other people do this. I had a fear of falling on my head, not having the arm strength to hold myself up, and even the fear of looking stupid doing it.

I made sure that I gave myself a pat on the back for waking up each morning at 5AM to go to the gym. I even acknowledged the fact that I would be in bed by 10pm so that I can get to the gym on time to start my day. Every little step I made towards my goal I acknowledge and celebrated. It kept me going knowing I was aiming for progress, not perfection.

Hand Stand Push Ups

Joanne E

I’m a mother of two beautiful daughters and married to a man who completes me. I started my fitness journey as a way to heal my soul and launched my blog in hopes to continue to inspire and empower women to use fitness as a tool to heal depression and find their self worth. I strongly believe that each woman deserves to be in love with herself just as much as her man does. I have an obsession with reusable water bottles, I enjoy action movies, and I’m in love with burpees.