The Big Boss: Anti-GRL’s
Having left the corporate world to take on my own adventures, I have found there can be many distractions that can stop you from achieving your goals. Take exhibit A of distraction’s; negativity. If its not your own self doubt and monkey mind telling you ‘you can’t do that’ then its someone you know giving you a words of doubt or a simple frown that communicates powerful, negative connotations that can be debilitating.
Distractions can come in many forms, and sometimes they are the big obstacle that you need to hurdle before you can continue. Kind of like in a video game, you get so far and you’re feeling pretty good, then you reach the Big Boss – you know the level where some monstrous, big ugly dude comes after you armed with massively, powerful weapons? Well in this story his weapons are distractions, or as I call them “anti-GRL’s” – the things that stop you getting real and reaching your goals.
The Big Boss has a weakness, we all know that, but the knowledge of how to overcome his massive weapons, is not something we all come equipped with (at least, my utility belt isn’t!). Its something you have to learn.
No matter how much you try to duck from the Anti-GRL’s (in a very cool Matrix-esque way), its so easy for it to get you. And before you know it, you’ve been hit, you’re down and “GAME OVER!” is flashing before your eyes.
Before we get into the yummier health stuff, I want to focus on the main distractions that seem to stop me from reaching my goals, because I’m sure many others have and are experiencing these too. Then when we have these distractions all rounded up, I can turn on my GRL Turbo Booster and shoot them down one at a time!
A few examples of Anti-GRL’s:
- The One Drink Delusion –
A simple but effective tactic, the ‘C’mon, its just one drink!”. This turns into a big night on the town, drowning yourself in booze and shots, waking up with someone else’s pants on, next to a lama named Jerry and ensures that you are unable to function or focus properly for the following week. A most powerful tactic that can often leave the victim delusional, promising that they will never drink again.
- Weapon of Sugary Mass Destruction –
Most powerful between meal time, but can be dangerous at any time of the day if you are unprepared and hungry. The temptation for cheap, sugary or starchy “fillers” that promise a quick, tasty solution to all the worlds problems, but leaves you feeling horrible post ingestion with symptoms such as bloating, farting, insomnia, and oh so much regret. Often leads to a lack of focus, distracts from our goal to get healthy and ultimately leads to more time wasting.
- The Fitness Poser
The excuses or “adjustments” made when it comes time for your fitness – the “ugh… I’ll do it tomorrow” moments, or the times where you are able to force yourself to go to the gym, but then you just walk around the gym in your makeup chatting to people, posing on machines and refusing to break a sweat. Another time waster that is better spent finding a real source of motivation, and actually working out.
- The Doubter –
When you want to try something new, or do something that challenges you, listening to that inner voice that tells you ‘You can’t, you’re not good enough’. That voice is fuelled by fear and doubt and stems from insecurities, making it multiply like Gremlins do when you add water — who needs it?! NOT ME!
- FOMO Disease –
Fear Of Missing Out disease renders you powerless and unable to resist doing whatever it is someone else is doing. Be it a night on the town, watching a movie with your friends, wearing a tutu and prancing through the City, or simply going to the opening of an envelope. Whatever impulsive event it may be, it wasn’t what you were MEANT to be doing and will probably end up with you regretting that your lost your focus.
- The Procrastinator –
With dreams of grandeur about taking over the world, there is so much to do. But before we start, its very important we sort the paper clips so they each line up perfectly. Oh and the fridge needs cleaning out too. And I’m pretty sure I need to iron the contents of my underwear drawer, and Google “pets who think they’re people”. Procrastination is just another form of distraction and comes down to better time management and a decision to act.
As Mahatma Gandhi said, ‘You may never know what results come of our action, but if you do nothing there will be no result”.
And so…I have decided to tackle this list one Anti-GRL at a time, so I can finally pass the level and kick some Big Boss arse! Wish me luck!
What distractions or anti-GRL’s do you have in your life that stop you from achieving your goals? How do you attempt to stop them?