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As a society we are exposed to largely negative messages about our bodies, food and lifestyle. With a good versus bad, perfect versus imperfect, all or nothing approach being marketed to us there is a significant toll being taken on mental health and wellbeing.
Here’s a point you may not have considered though. Holding onto expectations is like keeping your blinkers on, you are living from a restricted view of the world and allowing your inner critic to play a leading role.
People will talk about us in a negative way, sustaining positive growth will require too much within our daily routine, what if I’m too fit, healthy, skinny, strong? I’ll be judged, I don’t know what the new routine/space/habit will look like so i’ll keep doing what I’m doing right now because it’s within my control, what if i become “too perfect/successful”?, I don’t have time.
My son started preschool this year and yesterday I was able to go and do lunch duty with his class. I LOVED being able to see him in his new environment now we have found our rhythm and the initial shock of going has worn off for him (and me!)
With any type of growth comes discomfort, the feeling of being stretched, vulnerability, an uneasiness in the pit of your stomach or the need to shy away. Like everything in life, it will show up in a different form for everyone.
So often we are fearful of any type of failure and so we avoid it at all costs. But is this fear of failure holding you back from getting started? Are you keeping yourself small by not showing up at all? Are you fearful of failing because of the feelings it evokes in you?
It is never too late to be what you might have been.