In this digital age, we have access to heaps of information to help guide us in life. How much does this information truly serve us in making changes when we cannot put it into action?
It is one thing listening to advice but when it comes to taking action, it is not easy to know where to start or how to actually do it.
Firstly, we would like you to consider the obstacles that commonly get in the way of change:
- Self limiting beliefs – These come about when you do not hold the pure belief you can succeed in your actions. Such beliefs may have derived from past failures and been reinforced.
- Past Failures – When we experience a past failure or traumatic experience it can stick with us psychologically and physically. This limits us in the future, creating a huge obstacle between you and your becoming best self.
- Lack of support – We often feel isolated and lonely in our desires to move forward. Relational support can be life changing.
- Overthinking – If you are overthinking your needs and challenges in a negative way it is going to create a negative experience.
- Fear or Anxiety – The threat of imminent or possible danger is evolutionary and necessary, but can be extremely limiting when we are experiencing it daily. Fear stops you from taking action because you are removed from the present and in a place where you think you ‘will not survive’.
- Boundaries – Poor boundaries between yourself and others can be critical in holding you back. It is important to explore and withhold what is acceptable to you in life and to clearly define an understanding of the yourself and other.Listening to an interview with Drew Barrymore about her divorce, she spoke a simple but profound message of wisdom when she said “just put one foot in front of the other”. What does this mean? Well, it metaphorically explains how we can literally move forward in life.
Having spent years in talk therapy, we felt it was time to explore what it would look like to physically take action with problems. This notion can be the practice of Walk and talk and here is how you can incorporate it in your life.
Step 1. Try going outside and taking a walk…it is that simple. Be in a healing environment of nature, open yourself up to something bigger than you, practice the art of being in the present moment, listening to your breathe and absorb your surroundings, getting out of your head and into the body.
Step 2. Expand on this practice by taking a different route. Challenge the routine, change the pace, do something different, face your fears and empower your abilities.
Step 3. Invite a friend. This can help you in expanding your support system and practicing healthy boundaries.
Step 4. Try this with a therapist. Often we find these practices alone can be overwhelming and challenging, regressing back into old ways of being. Walking in sync with another, who is trained to keep you on track with your goals will reinforce and magnify the benefits that your are gaining through outdoor exercise and mindfulness practice