I guarantee you have, at some point, creatively avoided a task you did not want to do. Recognizing when and why you are avoiding a certain task is imperative when it comes to achieving your goals. It can mean the difference between success and failure. So, what do I mean by “Creative Avoidance?” Creative avoidance is the way in which our subconscious mind finds any other task or activity (important or not), to avoid that which we need to be doing. The following is just one example of your subconscious at work.

“I really want to attend that exercise class, but my son has soccer practice.”
…”but I have to clean my house.”
… “but I am tired after work.”
… “but I really want to read my book.”

The question you need to ask yourself is;

WHY am I avoiding the necessary activity or task needed to reach my goal?

As you can see by the example above, all of these creative avoidance strategies have simple solutions, but if the step toward your goal ( in this case, participating in the class) feels UNCOMFORTABLE, your subconscious will find creative ways to keep you in your comfort zone. It is human nature. And it is the difference between personal growth and success and stagnation.

Changing lifestyle habits is the biggest change anyone can make. Those lifestyle habits are what we have relied on for years to cope. Whether they are unhealthy or not, doesn’t matter, as long as they keep us safe within our comfort zone.  It can be daunting to realize we need to make changes in a certain area of our lives, but it doesn’t have to feel overwhelming. Small consistent steps that move you toward your goal are far more effective than taking giant leaps, before you are ready. The person in the example above could start by walking while their son is practicing or purchasing a video to do at home until they are more comfortable with exercising in a group setting.  The book they want to read will still be there to read before going to bed, and ensuring they are eating nutrient dense foods and getting an adequate amount of water and rest will help with their energy levels throughout the day.

I know from experience how strong a force our subconscious can be, but I have also come to realize, that personal growth can only occur when we do the things we are afraid to do. Take some time and ask yourself where you are stopping yourself from growing, and I bet you will be surprised at how creative your subconscious is at keeping you safe within your comfort zone.

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