The Big 5 - Behaviors that Sabotage Progress

Beautiful Plumeria on the Naples Botanical Garden Walking Trail - April 2024.
Photo Courtesy of Charly Caldwell II

Is it fair to say that when you feel better, you perform better?

And is it also fair to say that when you feel better, you treat other people better?

If you agree, it should come as no surprise that our physical health and performance are directly related to our mental well-being.

This means keeping your focus in the right direction and being mentally aware of sabotaging behaviors that can negatively affect your body. If your head isn’t in the right place, your body certainly won’t be either.

After all, as Tony Robbins says -> “Where focus goes, energy flows.”

  1. Spreading gossip is one of the top poor behaviors that can sabotage your fitness.
    We’ve all been there – dealing with rude customers or irritating employees. But talking about them behind their backs is asking for trouble. This kind of behavior becomes a habit, and you soon find it easier to be negative than positive. This reinforced negativity can quickly lead to physical manifestations including; exhaustion, anxiety and depression. Left unresolved, these conditions could progress to post-traumatic stress disorder, panic attacks, guilt and even suicide. Next time you’re tempted to dish, remember what mom always said; “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” You’ll feel better both mentally and physically.
  2. It’s not my fault!
    None of us like to be wrong. So, when things do run array or we don’t meet our own standards, our egos are sometimes too quick to protect us by blaming someone else for our mistakes. However, responsibility means you to take full accountability of your actions, regardless of your role. It’s healthier to direct your energy and effort into creating a solution rather than being the problem. We will all make errors. It’s how we deal with these errors that determines our progress physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
  3. Be flexible in your process.
    It is unrealistic to think that you’re in complete control of any situation. When you see yourself, holding tightly onto the result you want, remind yourself that you cannot control everything. Accepting this fact will allow you the freedom to be flexible in your approach to your best health practices rather than sabotaging your efforts because you refused to bend.
  4. Don’t let your pride and ego get in the way of being your best self.
    When questions arise, we often hold off on asking for help because we don’t want to appear vulnerable. If you don’t know how to do something, ask someone who does. You’ll achieve your goals faster and hopefully without injury or incident.
  5. Always show up.
    Some people get caught up with life and simply go through the motions when it comes to their health. You must be accountable to yourself and you must step up when it comes to your well being. There is no room for “business as usual”. If you notice something that needs attention, the best way to serve yourself is to show up and step up.

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