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Default Behaviors Keeping Us From Reaching Our Goals

elder workoutWalking into the fitness center, I was ready to get through my workout with a minimal amount of pain.  Sitting down on a weight machine I go through my first set.  As I turn to adjust the weight for my second set, I hear a voice.
“Would mind doing the last two reps for me?”  the elderly gentleman says with a grin.
“It doesn’t get any easier the more you do it does it?” I ask him.
“No it doesn’t,” he says.
“Do you know what the secret to a good workout program is?” I ask him.
“I would love to know,” he says.
“What I have found out over the years is the key to consistent morning workouts is to get the feet over the side of the bed and onto the floor before the brain wakes up.” I respond.
He chuckles, “Isn’t that the truth.  If you just get moving and don’t think about it too much, it’s not as bad of an event as your brain can make it out to be if you let it think about it too much.  I’m 79 years old and have been working out three times per week for the last 10 years.”
“Did you work out before 10 years ago?” I ask.
“Oh no,” he replies. “I thought I was too old to work out in my 50’s and 60’s.  I hit 69 and my doctor told me I would really enjoy the benefits of working out and here I am, feeling good and lots of energy.”
How ironic is it, that we allow ourselves to paint a mental picture of what we can and can’t do and then for 20 years believe it so strong we don’t do it?  In this case, the elderly gentleman convinced himself he was too old to work out in his 50”s and 60’s so he didn’t.
In my new book Nimble, I refer to default behaviors we resort to which can hold us back from achieving the goals that are the most important to us.  We can set up mental roadblocks so strong we can go decades believing we can’t accomplish objectives.  Yet when we recognize these default behaviors and move through them we are almost always amazed at what we can accomplish.
What are your default behaviors, which are holding you back from being your best?  Take some time to analyze some of your most common excuses for why things don’t get accomplished.  You may find out you can get around those default behaviors and accomplish the goals most important to you.
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