Roadblocks to Change #1 — Lack of Energy

Follow­ing on from yesterday’s post on fail­ing, I’m still think­ing about the process of change (and hope­fully improve­ment with it). The single biggest barrier to change is iner­tia. But iner­tia is made up of a lot of differ­ent elements and I thought it might be worth look­ing at some of them indi­vid­u­ally.

Lack of Energy

This is certainly a big one for me. Between work and family I often just don’t feel like tack­ling anything chal­leng­ing. I imag­ine my day is simi­lar to a lot of parents. I have to go to work early and due to my unpleas­ant commute I’m actu­ally out of the house for 11 hours a day. On the way home I pick up the boys and from then it’s a rapid progres­sion of home­work, dinner and getting them ready for bed. My evening then begins around 8pm at which point I have maybe 3 hours (max) until it’s time to be asleep. Really then it’s no wonder if I’m not exactly moti­vated to try anything very adven­tur­ous at that point in the day.

There are other possi­ble reasons for tired­ness of course: Depres­sion; anxi­ety; poor health;  stress; poor diet. All of these and more could be contribut­ing factors. The more I think about this, the more I see it as a vicious circle where these things feed into each other making it harder and harder to change direc­tions.

Breaking the Circle

So having iden­ti­fied what’s happen­ing, how do you change things? I’m going to use a word I hate (because of its new agey vague­ness). You need to take a holis­tic approach to the situ­a­tion. Since all these things feed into each other you can’t just change one and be free and clear. You have to make small changes to all of them. Which, hope­fully, will allow you to make larger changes as time progresses.

Knowledge is Power, Analyzing is Paralyzing

There’s a fine line between iden­ti­fy­ing the prob­lem and just wallow­ing in it. Figure out what is the biggest cause of your lack of energy, that you can control, and start there. Don’t analyze it to death. So, lets look at some of the factors for me:

  • Depres­sion & Anxi­ety — It’s a recur­ring issue, but I’m taking steps on that one. More on the subject at a later date.
  • Stress — Defi­nitely a major factor. There are plans in motion, but it’s out of my control for the moment.
  • Poor health — Eh, some­what. I’m semi-active but I’ve been gain­ing weight.
  • Poor diet — Yup, this one links directly to the rest. Too much junk food, gain­ing weight. May be time to get back on a diet.

Next: Before I start look­ing at some other road­blocks, I think I’m going to talk about the Myth of Willpower.

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