Like most other things in our life, getting healthy is more about fighting our inner battles - desiring the bad food, wanting to drink and smoke, or forgoing the planned workout.
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It is difficult to fight an inner battle if you do not know what you are fighting.
Get to the root of the problem by putting a face on that demon. Identify the real problem that is holding you back.
When you first face your inner struggles, you might fail a few times before you find a strategy that works for you. Failing does not make you weak or a bad person.
Each time, change your strategy or level up, so you have a better chance for success.
Have a plan in place to fight your inner demon. If you are struggling with eating unhealthy foods, identify the triggers that cause you to crave them. Do you eat when you are bored or grumpy?
When you understand why you do certain things, you'll be better equipped to prepare and fight them. For instance, if you eat because you are tired and bored, stay away from the sweets and grab an apple.
Don't try to fight your inner battle until you have leveled up. The inner battle you're facing never goes away completely. It just becomes easier when you are prepared.
Horror movie tip: never split up. Monsters, murderers, and creeps have it easier when they can divide and conquer.
Real world parallel: trying to better your fitness by yourself is harder than with a good support group.
Sun Tzu, the legendary military strategist, preferred to win without fighting or, at the very least, to win the easiest battles first.
The teachings of Sun Tzu extend far beyond the field of battle because they are focused on finding the easiest way to achieve a specific goal.
Our inner Demons, or inner voices, make us do irrational, stupid and selfish things, based out of fear.
We hide and distract ourselves from our inner voice, which is nothing but our fear and insecurities, talking to us.