SI 008: Ever felt like you just can't do it?

I think we all feel that way sometimes...

In fact, I feel like it on a pretty regular basis.

To be totally honest, a recent example is how I've felt with this newsletter.

For the past month I've been avoiding it for one clear reason:

I didn't think I could do it.

That single thought paralysed me.

What was the point in writing one email when I'd already missed a week here and there?

Wouldn't everyone think I'm a joke for not being consistent?

It would probably just be better to sack it off entirely, right?

This morning I woke up with the realisation that this is one of the biggest barriers to anyone trying to change their habits and lifestyle.

The need to be perfect.

The need to get it just right, or 'I WON'T BOTHER AT ALL!'

I'd fallen into a trap which I knew was there.

But I'm human too, see?

Our brains are complex buggers, and they are just trying to keep us safe.

Except in this case it isn't safety from real danger, just safety from the judgement of others.

(which can sometimes feel worse...)

So I thought, screw it, I'm going to turn this into the topic of the email I'm going to write.

Because no doubt there will be people reading who have felt paralysed due to perfectionism, or who have given up because they missed a few days, or a few weeks.

If that's you, my message is to just focus on the one choice in front of you.

The one action you can take right now that will get you back on the path to your goals.

Perhaps it's going out for a walk.

Perhaps it's reading a few pages of your book.

Perhaps it's making a commitment to go to bed 20 minutes earlier.

Perhaps it's just sending that one email... 😖😅

What's the one thing you're going to do?

Let me know by dropping me a comment 😊

(and subscribe to get the newest edition of the Slight Improvement newsletter straight to your inbox every week)

Until next week…

Big love,

Jay x


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