My Figure Update: Overcoming a Quitters Mentality
I have quit a lot of things in my life. It’s actually my go-to exit plan. If it’s hard just give up and move on, right? I’ve quit relationships, ideas, business ventures, and opportunities. Moved on and never looked back. I am also one of those people who acts on ideas. I don’t always research what I am getting into I get an idea in my head and I just go for it until it gets hard and then I quit and move on to the next big idea. A pattern that I didn’t even realize until recently. My impulsive decision making has had its advantages and allowed me to do some pretty fun and amazing things but long term goals is where I tend to fall short. As you know I have been doing this Figure Competitor journey. I originally thought that it would help me to get in the best shape of my life which it has but I also did it because it was a fun idea that I have had in the back of my mind for many years and had an opportunity to take advantage.
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.
When the Sparkle Wears off
Like anything, new things are fun and exciting. You usually are all in and zealous to achieve your goal. It’s the hard work, disappointments, and length of time that led to where I often go. I’ll just quit and move on until something happened with my daughter that made me step back and reflect. I have three little diva’s that keep my life full, active and yes, drama filled as you can imagine. My middle I see a lot of me in her maybe a little too much. Like her Mama she approached life with a let’s try something new mentality and like her Mama she gets bored and moves on easily. We were riding in the car one day and my daughter was telling us how she wanted to quit camp. My husband and I were stressing the importance of finishing what you started when a comment my husband made struck me. I had said, “She always quits when she loses interest in something.” without hesitation, my husband said, “Yea, she gets that from you.” OUCH! But honestly, he is so right. So, then as any good Mama guilt struck and self-reflection. Yep, another similarity that we share.
Too Far to Quit
So, here I am at the end of my Figure Journey well approaching the end maybe and things have gotten less fun and more challenging. The thing about Fitness Competition is nutrition is probably the most important part it allows you to look a certain way. This sport is also about aesthetics and a lot of competitors have a poor body image although they have amazing physiques. I’ve started to learn how to pose and I am not a fan. I love lifting weights I’ve gotten used to the nutrition but as far as the posing not only is that not fun it doesn’t serve me in anything but competing. I don’t really care about the makeup and the bikini part I am not that kind of girl. I just want to do it and get it done and said “I did it!” and move on. So, as I struggled with posing my immediate reaction was aw that’s okay I’ll just move on and try something else but that conversation in the car with my husband replayed in the back of my mind.
Work in Progress
In the past few years, I have been refining my life making different choices and trying to live my best life. We are always evolving and changing and as you have witnessed through my journey I have spiritually, mentally and physically changed my body but I am nowhere near being the complete package. Nor do I think I ever will be like everyone else I have things to work on, lots and lots and lots of things to work and overcoming a quitters mentality is one of them. So, how? How do I change a habit and replace it with a better one? Any habit that can be successfully changed has to be replaced with something that you enjoyed. This is no different. I have decided to quit my quitter’s mentality by quitting. Say what? Stay with me!
You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them,
How I am overcoming quitting
I am quitting setting up roadblocks to achieving my goals.
I am quitting acting on impulse and doing more research.
I am quitting putting limits on my ability.
I am quitting putting a time frame on my goal.
I am quitting thinking that I have to be the best at everything the first time.
I am quitting setting the example to my girls that when you get bored or discouraged to move on.
Things are hard and you often want to bail and move on I know I do but I have experienced the results of persevering and seeing something through to the end and so that is what I plan on striving to do.
“Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Do you have any suggestions for a quitters mindset?