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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Being young is being curious. And most people become cynical and overly critical towards life as they grow older, and only a select few retain the wonder, innocence and joy of a child.
An adult's life consists of optimizing life using knowledge, mental models and practical shortcuts, a race towards better efficiency in everything. We stop asking the right questions, like the most common question a child asks: Why?
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.