How to Overcome Inertia when Starting or Continuing after a Set-Back

How consistency can get us through the rough parts

The truth is, there is no such thing as the perfect moment. It’s all about taking the next step in front of you and recognizing and embracing the current situation. The earlier you accept that there is no perfect moment, the faster you can move on and start making progress towards your goals. The key is to focus on what you can control and take action, rather than waiting for some elusive, ideal moment. This means setting small, achievable goals and working towards them consistently. It means being mindful of your current abilities and challenges and adjusting your training and nutrition accordingly. It means being open to new experiences and challenges and embracing them as opportunities to grow and improve.

Starting a New Routine

To get started on your journey, try incorporating small, healthy habits into your daily routine. For example, start by going for a short walk or jog every morning, or by swapping out sugary snacks for fruits and vegetables. These small changes will add up and make a big difference in your overall health and fitness. Surround yourself with people who support and motivate you. Remove any obstacles or distractions that may hold you back. As Napoleon Hill once said, “What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Yes, Napoleon Hill and not Jan Frodeno! By surrounding yourself with positivity and support, you can overcome any obstacle and achieve your goals.

Dealing with Obstacles Along the Way

We all face obstacles on our journey to achieving our goals. Whether it’s a challenging training session, a difficult race, or a setback in our personal lives, these obstacles can often seem insurmountable. But the truth is, with the right mindset and approach, we can overcome any obstacle that comes our way. One key to overcoming obstacles is to reframe the way we think about them. Instead of seeing them as insurmountable barriers, we can view them as opportunities to grow and learn. By embracing the challenge and focusing on the positive aspects of the situation, we can gain valuable insights and experiences that will help us in the future.
Another key to overcoming obstacles is to take action. Instead of dwelling on the problem or feeling overwhelmed, we can take small, focused steps towards a solution. By taking action, even if it’s just a small step, we can gain momentum and momentum can be a powerful tool in overcoming obstacles. One of the most famous advocates of this approach was Napoleon Hill, the author of “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” So if you’re facing an obstacle in your training or racing, remember that it’s not the end of the road. By reframing your thinking, taking action, and staying focused on your goals, you can overcome any challenge and continue on your path to success.
Ultimately, the perfect moment is a state of mind. It’s about staying present, focused, and determined. It’s about recognizing that the journey towards your goals is just as important as the destination. So don’t wait for the perfect moment – create it, and start taking the next step towards your goals today.

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Something for you to try...

  • Set a goal and make a plan. This will help you stay focused and motivated as you begin your training.
  • Start small and gradually increase your activity level. Don’t try to do too much too soon, as this can lead to burnout and injury.
  • Find a training buddy or join a local running or cycling club. Having a support system can help keep you accountable and provide motivation when you need it most.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment with different training methods and techniques. This will help you find what works best for you and keep your training fresh and exciting.
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