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Ensuring Success in Your Training: Self-Sabotage

Whether we know it or not, we often prevent ourselves from reaching the very goals that motivate us.  The reasons why are so many and varied that I wouldn't even know where to begin in listing them.  Often-times it's out of failing to follow a plan, a plan that would otherwise work.  The problem is that we don't always enjoy building new habits. The good news is that new habits only take two to three weeks to form.  If we can stick it out for a relatively short amount of time, the hardest part of achieving success is arguably behind us. 

"The good news is that new habits only take two to three weeks to form.  If we can stick it out for a relatively short amount of time, the hardest part of achieving success is arguably behind us."

Another, more frustrating, possibility is that the survival portion of our brain is preventing us from making new habits.... Wait.... What? Unfortunately, science is suggesting that our brain gets wired to the comfort of status quo and when that is shaken, our brain tempts us back to the familiar. Here's the deal, though. Now you know your brain is against you on some level. Knowledge is power. Being objective and logical about this, we can argue against that particular, antiquated survival pang. Ignoring and pushing through. All of us have the power.

Below is a link to Modern Era Fitness Podcast's episode regarding sabotage. The discussion is light, fun, and informative.  Enjoy!

Modern Era Fitness - Ep 018 - Sabotage


Sifu Caleb Hood is a martial arts instructor at Hood's Martial Arts Academy in Salem, Oregon. He currently offers classes in the Hawaiian-born self-defense system of Kajukenbo Tum Pai, as well as Yang style Tai Chi. He has experience training people from all age groups and ability levels. He is always eager to share the arts he practices with anyone that has a good attitude and a willingness to work hard. In addition to teaching self-defense through martial arts, Sifu Caleb Hood also promotes a healthy lifestyle, emphasizing healthy physical habits, as well as healthy mental habits. To learn more about the classes offered by Sifu Caleb Hood, or about the art of Kajukenbo Tum Pai or Tai Chi, visit the Hood's Martial Arts Academy website herese