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Don't Let These 5 Beliefs Hold You Back From Healthy Goals

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These 5 Beliefs Shouldn't Hold You Back From Your Healthy Goals Lev Dolgachov/PhotoSpin

You want to make changes in your life, maybe you've made New Year's resolutions, but somehow you just can't quite get where you want to go.

Sometimes the hindrances are beyond your control. Health issues, financial shortages, lack of time or access to tools or resources, are just a few of the things that can stand between you and your goals.

But sometimes, the obstacles are between your own two ears. What do you believe?

Do you believe you'll screw it up? Are you convinced that you lack the willpower?

Becoming aware of the self-fulfilling prophecies that are landing you in the ditch can be half the battle. Then, of course, the other half is taking this new self-awareness, and striding forward.

1) I Don't Have What It Takes

Maybe you've tried to quit smoking before and are still puffing. Perhaps you've been trying to lose the same 20 pounds for several years worth of New Year's resolutions. Is your candy drawer still full of the same favorites and dream-killers that you've been stashing in there for too long?

Okay. You haven't made it yet. But it's only failure if you quit trying.

Don't ask yourself, what if I can't do it ... again? Visualize the sweetness of success if you manage to pull it off this time.

2) I Don't Know How

Very few things come naturally, without effort and without being taught. Why should learning to walk away from your pet vices be any different?

It isn't. Be prepared that things are going to feel ... uncomfortable. If you've been a couch potato all your adult life, putting on your running shoes, grabbing your yoga mat and heading out to a class, or working out to a DVD at home are all going to feel foreign.

Your body may hate it ... at first. But if you'll live with the strangeness of this new experience, you just might get to like it.

This is a great era, learning of all kinds is at your finger tips if you have access to a computer keyboard.

Can't afford or can't get to a class? Don't have a clue how to do this yoga asana or that tai chi posture? Interested in learning about healthier eating?

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