December 13, 2018

We Create and Destroy our Own Barriers


I’m a big fan of mind over matter. So much so that I’m pretty convinced that the barriers we encounter our created within ourselves.

If we accept this premise, then breaking through our barriers is simply a matter of telling ourselves that the barriers we encounter are there because we put them there.

I Hate Biking

It’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of biking. It’s not that I don’t think it’s a great way to get around. Rather, I don’t really like the complexity of it (I’m really bad at fixing them). For me, I would rather run than bike. It’s actually a problem seeings how I’m a triathlete and biking is a big part of that.

Overcoming the Biking Barrier

In order for me to overcome my distain for biking (well, it’s not really a distain. It’s more like a love/hate relationship), I had to really focus on the barriers that biking has in my life. Namely, the equipment and mechanical hassle.

For some reason, which is completely foreign to me, I get frustrated with all the equipment (it takes forever to get the gear on) and the constant mechanical issues (for some reason, shifting makes me mental).

Overcoming this barrier required me to face it head on and be more patient when it comes to biking.

To be honest, it still drives me crazy but now I have learned to overcome the anxiety by not being so such a rush to get out the door.

Ways to Take Action

  1. Is it real or imagined?: Most barriers are created by ourselves. It’s vital that we pay attention to the barriers we create and the ones that are actually real.

  2. Get to the root of the problem: Reflect on why the barrier exists and what might be the real root of why it’s in your way.

  3. Ease into it: Sometimes you need to ease into why the barrier is there. By easing into it, you give yourself the space to explore whether or not the barrier is real or imaged.

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