As the writer of the blogposts at the Highland Lake Inn Wellness division, I recently completed a large survey to gather and present information about obstacles that individuals encounter in starting or maintaining healthy habits in the everyday.
So, the question is: ‘What is the biggest frustration you are experiencing right now about incorporating healthy habits into the everyday?’ With the information gathered, or so I thought, I could directly address the client’s, or the potential client’s, 2-3 main issues.
The surprise came in the results of the survey. All included, a long list of completely different answers kept coming back, all counted, at least 27 different issues that individuals told me that keep them from moving forward in this area of their life. Most all of the survey participants indicated wanting to make a change at some level, but the sheer number of individual issues lead me to a much different conclusion.
Here are some of the answers: overcoming habits, high anxiety, no time, conflict in the household, attitude, planning and completing tasks, getting enough sleep, too much to do, not concentrating on foundation work, water intake, organizing, prioritizing, adding on little changes, overcoming constraints, mindset, ambivalence, packaged foods, emotional eating, snacks at work, putting in effort, and many others, including my favorite, ‘lack of committment to one’s own good.’
What have we learned? That not one size fits all when it comes to behavior change. That no issue is too small to be important. That obstacles come in all shapes and sizes. That the individual, targeted solution is going to be the lasting one. That many of us do know ourselves better than we think. That we even know what would be the next step for ourselves if we could manage to take it. That problems have many sides to them that need attention.
Why is that encouraging? Because, as a health coach professional, it is once again confirmed that it is valuable to accept and take each person, each situation, just simply at face value and then proceed forward one step at a time. Using your inner knowledge, the ‘simplicity that lies on the other side of complexity’ as it has been phrased, is the unfolding of the wellness plan, the transformation that comprises true success.
What are your obstacles? Please feel free to comment in the space provided below, and contact us at any time to find out more.