Affirmation Challenge Day 4 [Setbacks]: “I’ve the power to overcome any obstacle that stands in my way.”

This is Day 4 of the 15-Day Affirmation Challenge where hundreds of participants around the world gather to practice positive affirmations for 15 days in July 2014. The challenge is now over, but you can do the tasks in your own time. Visit the overview page for all Affirmation Challenge tasks and posts.

Affirmation Challenge

Dear everyone, welcome to Day 4 of our 15-Day Affirmation Challenge! :D

Here is the overview of all the posts for the challenge so far:

Thank You For Your Participation!!!

After my shout out in yesterday’s post (Sweat smiley), I noticed many of you stepping out to share your task results and even to share your thoughts with other participants! To be honest, I was genuinely touched and surprised, as I had simply posted that shout out with no expectation but just a simple wish for more active participation (for both people who have signed up as well as lurkers), so that we can have a better challenge experience for everyone. I’m happy conducting this challenge as it is; I just wish for everyone to give your best shot for this challenge so that YOU can walk away with YOUR best results, not just for these 15 days, but for your life ahead.

To all of you who have been actively participating, sharing, and sharing your thoughts with other participants, THANK YOU.

I realize that the affirmation tasks can get a bit personal, but it’s precisely because they’re personal that they will make a powerful impact. I can set lalala-let’s-be-merry tasks which will be easy to do, but then what’s the point? You’ll no sooner be back to where you started before the challenge, and that would defeat the purpose of this experience.

If you’ve been doing the tasks duly but you are shy/apprehensive about sharing your results due to privacy reasons or whatever, that’s okay! Simply share whatever you can, in a way you’re comfortable with. I know I share very personal things on PE, but I don’t expect you guys to do so too if you’re not comfortable with it.

Let’s say you have some deep thoughts for Day 2′s task, like “My mom repeatedly hit me when I was a kid, because secretly she wanted to have a son, not a daughter. I grew up hating her and also hating myself,” and you’re not comfortable sharing it because you’re fearful about others reading it. That’s fine! You can simply share your results more generically, like “I had a powerful realization about my feelings toward my mom and they stem from my childhood. I’ve learned that I’m worthy and deserving of love…” Ideally it’ll be the best if you can share completely, but sharing partially is better than nothing and will still be helpful for both yourself and the other participants!

Don’t forget if privacy is a huge deal for you, you can always post under a fake name and avatar. You don’t need to use your real name/picture just to post on PE, and I’ll never share your IP/e-mail/etc. with anyone.

Now, let’s move to today’s task! Today is Day 4, and we’re looking at…

Day 4: [Setbacks]

Affirmation Challenge, Day 4 [Setbacks]: "I've the power to overcome any obstacle that stands in my way."

 Today’s affirmation: “I’ve the power to overcome any obstacle that stands in my way.”

Obstacles. For the person who lives a goalless life, “obstacles” is probably non-existent. After all, when you have no goals and aspirations, anything goes; whenever you experience resistance, you’ll simply flow in the path of the least resistance. Such is a simple, peaceful, and also… uneventful life.

However, for those of you who have goals and dreams, then obstacles is likely a staple in your life. In fact, the bigger your goals and dreams, the bigger your obstacles. Why is that so? That’s because when you want to achieve great things, you naturally need to take great actions, which will naturally lead to great resistance from others. Not to go all physics-y, but to quote Newton’s third law,

When one body exerts a force on a second body, the second body simultaneously exerts a force equal in magnitude and opposite in direction on the first body.

Here, you are the first body exerting a force on your environment (the second body), in pursuit of your goal. Since your environment is receiving a push from you, it naturally reacts (in response to your force, which is in turn a function of the size of your goal) and pushes you back with that same force, in hopes of pushing you back to where you came from.

The action and the reaction are simultaneous, and it does not matter which is called the action and which is called reaction; both forces are part of a single interaction, and neither force exists without the other.

(Source: Newton’s laws of motion)

So… what do you do when you experience an obstacle? Do you then give up on your goals and dreams? No, of course not. It’s precisely because obstacles are part of anyone’s goal pursuit that the very obstacles you face form the litmus test as to whether you deserve that goal. Like Randy Pausch once said (in a quote I often share on PE),

As I shared in yesterday’s affirmation, YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO ACHIEVE ANYTHING YOU WANT, AS LONG AS YOU SET YOUR HEART TO IT. (Imagine a loud voice booming above you and saying that statement.) Facing tons of obstacles? Sure, show them our way, and let’s take them on together! The more obstacles there are, the BETTER, because they prove that you’re truly pursuing a worthy and grand goal.

Your job here isn’t to give up in the face of obstacles. It’s to identify these obstacles, find ways to overcome them, and BREAK THROUGH THEM. Because you have the power to do so.

Today, your task is to identify an obstacle and break out of it. Now, let’s get started! :D

Your Task Today

  1. Identify an obstacle you’re facing currently. This can be an obstacle to the goal you wrote for yesterday (Day 3)’s task. For example:
    • Weight loss: I want to lose weight but my parents keep thwarting my efforts by buying junk food and forcing me to eat them.
    • Career: I want to be working in field [X] but the recruitment situation for this field is terrible right now and there are no opportunities. So, I’m working in a totally different job in field [Y] for the money, but I hate it.
  2. Identify action(s) to overcome this obstacle. Okay, so this obstacle seems pretty sucky. However, remember that nothing is insurmountable in this world. Here’s my question to you, the harbinger of your life: How can you overcome this obstacle?
    • Weight loss:
      • My parents may buy junk food, but that doesn’t mean I need to eat them. I need to start the change by saying “no” to the junk food and owning my diet. It all starts with me.
      • My parents are probably buying junk food partly because they care for me and want to use food as an expression of their love, and partly because I’ve been eating such food since young with no issues. So, they probably think that it’s the cue for them to continue such behavior! I can simply tell them that I don’t want to eat junk food, then EDUCATE them on the healthy food that I want to eat, so that they can redirect their energy to buying/preparing healthy food in the future. The change may not be immediate as old habits die hard, but at least it’s a start.
    • Career:
      • Network with people in field [X] by using Linkedin and going to related industry talks. Just because there are no opportunities now doesn’t mean there’ll be no opportunities later.
      • Work hard in my current job in field [Y] to build up my skills and resume. I want to prove myself as a competent and reliable employee, so that it’ll be easier to switch to any other company in the future.
      • Find ways to pick up skills for field [X] in my current job. There are always soft skills that are transferable across any job, and I can build up my skills for field [X] now as I wait for opportunities to open up.
  3. Create new positive belief(s) to help you overcome this obstacle.
    • Weight loss:
    • Career:
      • “I’m responsible for  my career.”
      • “Just because there are no opportunities now doesn’t mean there’ll be no opportunities forever. I need to take the right actions to become the right person and move myself to the right place, so that I can grab the opportunity when it appears.”
  4. Say your new belief(s), along with today’s affirmation:

    “I’ve the power to overcome any obstacle that stands in my way.”

    (If you think it’s silly to say them out loud, you can say them silently in your heart.)

I encourage you to write down your new belief(s) and today’s affirmation so that you can always see them and commit them to your heart. Repeat them every day to yourself, for as many times and as long as needed, until they become part of your default thinking.

Affirmation Wallpaper: [Setbacks]

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Affirmation Challenge, Day 4 [Setbacks]: "I've the power to overcome any obstacle that stands in my way."

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Further Reading

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Share Your Results!

Share your results, check out other participants’ responses, and interact with each other in the comments section! Remember, this challenge is a community effort: by openly engaging in the discussion, not only will you help others, you’ll also help yourself.

If you think today’s affirmation has benefited you, do share it with your friends and family via Facebook, Twitter, G+, or e-mail.

Once you’re done, proceed to Day 5 here: Affirmation Challenge, Day 5 [Gratitude]

Images: Flower, Budding coconut

  • Calae

    Ooh, I really like this one! I especially appreciate the timing of it after yesterday’s affirmation. =) I’m going to hold off on sharing my findings until I’m home from work today, but as it’s the morning right now I’m going to think about this affirmation and it’s action steps right away!

  • Madalina S

    I’ve been sharing a room my entire life (not with siblings, because I have none) in an apartment neither I, nor my parents own; I strongly wish to have a small apartment of my own, but the main and biggest issue is of financial order. An apartment is way too expensive even for a working adult, so for a student with a part-time job it’s pretty much impossible to get. I once tried to figure out how many years it would take me to save enough money for a small apartment if I had a full time job. The answer? 14 years, a figure which isn’t encouraging at all.

    Honestly, I have no idea what I could do. Even if I got a job (as I’ve already said above), it would take me years to save enough money (and that’s in the utopic scenario in which real estate market doesn’t fluctuate and I use my entire wage for the apartment, something which of course is absurd).

    However, I tell myself that if men of the street have become millionaires (this has happened before, mostly in the USA, but this is an irrelevant fact for my affirmation), then I can get a small apartment at some point in my life, even if at the moment I have no idea how.

    • Vivian

      Lina, Thanks for sharing this. I am a little bit positive person. I used to feel i never will have my own house in my whole life, but when i changed my thinking, and believe i deserve that, i start have the things i dreamed. What i did is to check my mindset about money, I noticed that i hate money, feel is bad, when i changed my mindset about money. Things are geting better and better.

      • Madalina S

        Thank you, Vivian, for the insight and for the encouragement. :)

    • Calae

      Hey, Madalina! I just wanted to give you a heart-felt “good luck” — not that I think you require luck, but I can’t think of any phrase which better says, “I truly hope you can achieve your dreams.” I can relate just slightly to your predicament — I wasn’t expecting the job I got right out of college, so I was trying to figure out how minimum wage would let me live anywhere. It was scary and depressing. I now live with three awesome roommates, and I could have never imagined this happening any time soon. I wish I had more to say than, “I believe in you,” but that’s all I can offer. I just really feel for you and wanted to share.

      • Madalina S

        Thank you, Calae. I appreciate your taking the the time to encourage me!

    • Educate Yourself

      Madalina, I wanted to get my mom a house too. I still do. I was having the same thoughts. I am part time too. There was no way I can make it like this so I thought I could use something else. You have skills, use them and save everything you get from it Or if you don’t know what to do, then there is an easy way. Go hunt bottles and cans for one day at least and the refunds you get for the recycled bottles/cans you save and never touch them for anything but your apartment. Good luck!
      I like your positive thinking!

      • Madalina S

        Thank you for the suggestion! :) I think I can use my drawing skills (as I’ve already been doing commissioned portrays lately).

        Good luck to you as well!

        • Educate Yourself

          Wow cooler! Good luck to you too! :)

  • Vivian

    This task is much harder than my imagination. I even doubt why this happen. It took longer time for me to have clue for this. just no idea what is the obstacle on my way.
    Considering all areas in my life, I will say the biggest obstacle is myself, my default thinking, feel I am not deserved for things I have, feel I am not ready to get my dream job, feel I am not good enough to have things I want to have. Thinking too much, over analysis, what I am doing is stand on the way for me to achieve my dreams. In one words, I am the type waiting to die. It seems I proactively take a lot of efforts and time to pursue what I want, in fact, I am only play it safe. I should put myself in the field to experience instead of waiting and thinking, wishing things to happen.

    Your Task Today
    Identify an obstacle you’re facing currently.
    Career: I want to work as training manager, trainer in my company. But current there is no headcount in HR department, I wait for 6 years get a headcount in training department. Which I feel excited but still seems long way to go, I want to explore the career opportunity in management track (a different career path) instead of just doing administrator work. I still see lots of things I can learn, and I can’t quit since I didn’t see nice opportunity outside, and I have to work to pay my bills.
    Faith: I do believe there is a power beyond everything, may be god, may be Buda, they just have different names. But they do exist. I just wonder which one I should follow, and very struggled with this. over analysis is on the way for me to make decision.
    Identify action(s) to overcome this obstacle. How can you overcome this obstacle?
    Be grateful on the opportunity I already have. I am already in the best opportunity I can get within my current company. I should cherish this instead of keep feel I am nothing.
    Network with people in training field by using social media and going to related industry talks. Just because there are no opportunities now doesn’t mean there’ll be no opportunities later.
    Build my know-how about the industry and behave like I am the training manager/trainer I want to be.
    Build my skills. There are always soft skills that are transferable across any job.
    Have the conversation with my manager on the possibility for career path change. If ok to do that, this should be great. If no, I just build myself and look for opportunity outside.
    Do volunteer work during the weekend, proactively engaged in PE. Etc
    Continue my blog, to share my learning.
    Just do it!!!!
    Create new positive belief(s) to help you overcome this obstacle.
    I am the CEO of my career.
    I understand I have fear, but I believe I have the courage to conquer the difficulty in life, if I can’t do that, this won’t happen.
    The career path is meaningless, if I am good enough, I can create opportunity for myself. If company don’t allow me to change my career, then I should think other possibility, instead of blocking myself in the tiny box.
    I already wait for 6 years to get current headcount, how many years do I still have before I die?
    Any excuse I still can use to keep waiting/wishing things happen instead of taking real action?
    I am responsible for my career and my dream.
    I don’t want to wait longer to get what I want badly, if I really want it, just do it.
    Say your new belief(s), along with today’s affirmation:
    “I’ve the power to overcome any obstacle that stands in my way.”
    To be honest, I feel I am the person who stands in my way. On one hand, I said I want to be trainer, on the other hand, another voice is saying, you can’t do that. This time I decide that I will follow the positive message Vivian said. I have the power to overcome any obstacle that stands in my way.
    I am recreating myself, discovering myself to do what I am chosen to do with given talents. No matter what happened in life, what I did in the past, I am awesome, I love myself unconditionally.
    I have the ability to become a person who make a difference to others life (build talents and org), through coaching/training/capability building.
    I have the power to overcome the obstacles that stand in my way.
    At this moment, my biggest challenge is my mind set. The default thinking about I am not deserved for things I dreamed. Who said that? Me. Can I change that? Absolutely!

    • VickiB

      Vivian, this sounds like a real struggle. For me, it’s often the case that the more I do to achieve something, the more I feel that I deserve it. Maybe that is true of you as well?

      You said that you feel like someone who is “waiting to die” and that you ought to put yourself out there more instead of waiting and wishing for things to happen… If you do the things that you listed, maybe you will feel more deserving?

      I think that you are awesome! You are already a person who makes a difference for others, but the comments you make on other people’s posts and the support that you give. Your ideas about what to do in your situation seem like good ones for others to consider as well.

      I wish you great success with overcoming this obstacle.

      • Vivian

        Vicki, thanks for your message. I just have the negative thoughts that i Don’t deserve. Everything i did, i feel others can do those well as well. As a outsider, i do agree i didn’t Some great things during work. But whenever i got appreaction, i feel it’s my responsibility. I am so picky to myself.

  • 家梅 李

    For today’s task, talking about weight loss, there are two obstacles for me to keep myself going on.
    First, of course is about food. My parents love me so much that whenever I come back from work, I can see a table of delicious food. I always have the feeling: I must finish all, don’t waste! =.=”
    Second, my laziness stops me a lot. When I have time, I tend to lay on my bed. I love my bed so much!! And, I love sleeping. I’m always proud that I can fall asleep within 5 minutes. But, on the other hand, it is not good for my weight loss project too. :(

    Alright, what are the actions I can take to overcome these 2 factors?
    For the first obstacle, I must always remind myself not to eat too much until 100% full. I have to reset my mind to reduce the amount of food intake. Yes, I know that I will not feel starving so soon, no matter how much of food intake. Even a quarter plate of rice can make me work for 5~6 hours without feeling starving. So, why should I eat that much? If I feel starving, I can always prepare some biscuits in my bag with me.

    For the second factor, get something to do whenever I’m free. I can even watch anime while doing some simple exercise. Get up, girl! You can do it!

    In fact, I have started the actions above 2 weeks ago, especially in controlling my diets. So far, I’m good to go. :)

    • Vivian

      家梅 glad to hear that you already started 2 weeks. 2 tips works well for me:1 eat meat andothers i prefered in lunch 2 ingore the dishes left, finish all is big challenge for fitness.

  • Jun Xiang Tan

    An truly awesome tasks today that really brought an issue that I face when trying to help others.

    Identify an obstacle you’re facing currently.
    - I want to communicate and help others in many ways possible but fear of approaching and rejection is preventing me from achieving my goal.

    Identify action(s) to overcome this obstacle
    - Talking to my loved ones about issues that may be hidden deep in their hearts
    - Helping out friends in any way possible
    - Start with a greeting to strangers. E.g. Saying ‘Good Morning’ to the Bus Driver

    Create new positive belief(s) to help you overcome this obstacle.
    - I have the power to assists others
    - I’m in charge of overcoming my fears
    - By taking this opportunity, I will leave no room for regrets

    • Celestine Chua

      “Start with a greeting to strangers. E.g. Saying ‘Good Morning’ to the Bus Driver”

      Jun Xiang, that’s actually a really, really sweet gesture. I don’t know you, but I feel like you’re a very earnest guy from what you’ve shared so far in the challenge. This obstacle that you are facing, do you know where it takes root? E.g., was it always there since you were a child?

      • Jun Xiang Tan

        Wow its so awesome to receive a reply by the author herself. Thanks for all the time spent to write the post, but going the extra mile to read the comments!

        Yes, this obstacle has been with me since I was a child due to my lack of interests in sports, bad at games and thus had a hard time finding friends with common interests.

        That made me in my recent years tend to talk in a negative way and was never able to think positively. A few months ago, I’ve started changing to start looking at the brighter side of life and with your posts, it truly motivates me up another level to be a new positive me and dispose the old negative me.

        Thanks, Jun Xiang

  • ASLO

    Today’s affirmation, has led me to a stumbling block….

    Try as I may to pin point a particular circumstance, a particular reason, a particular obstacle…the biggest obstacle I see standing in my way is me…….

    It maybe that I haven’t mustered the courage to get back up for myself whenever I am hurt emotionally or it may be that I do not see myself so worthy in my eyes when I am to do something for myself, my body such as to cook a special diet for myself or to spend on a gym membership for myself.

    1. Identify an obstacle you’re facing currently: Today I identify my biggest obstacle as myself.

    My lack of drive or vigour to continue on anything I want to start for myself, my “give up” feeling if any adversity affects me, if my state of despondency if any hopes or expectations I have on others doesn’t come through…

    I can tie all this aspects of myself to the possible reason that till now, I had not loved and appreciated myself enough to get back up immediately from any struggles I have, I find this particularly difficult to put in words but I mean to say, that I lose track from my personal growth whenever I am faced with a struggle or a problem.

    2. Identify action(s) to overcome this obstacle: The actions have already started. With the Self Love task day and as each day of this challenge unfolds, I find myself realising that I have been neglecting myself! So my answer would be this challenge.

    Also, I have made two promises to myself

    - I shall never neglect my physical well-being and shall exercise and have the right nutrition for if i shall not be the one to take care of myself, who shall?
    - I shall never let any situation, no matter what it may be drain me emotionally

    3.Create new positive belief(s) to help you overcome this obstacle.

    - I am in charge of my health! If I don’t act now, then when?

    - I am a strong individual! I love and appreciate myself!

    “I’ve the power to overcome any obstacle that stands in my way”

    Today’s task….has overwhelmed me a little bit! but I appreciate it’s reason…..I understand what it means….I shall overcame my greatest obstacle for it’s as easy as changing my self-image of me

    • Vivian

      ASLO, i feel exactly what you said. It’s eye opening when realized the person who stand in the way is myself.

    • Alia

      Hi ASLO, I just wanted to say how much your comment hit home for me! So often I feel like I’m the one holding myself back from all the things I want and could be, and all the positive changes I should be making in my life. I’ve come to realize that it perhaps stems from a lack of self love and self worth. I can identify with a lot of what you said, and think the promises you made to yourself are really great and a fantastic way to help you overcome obstacles in your life! All the best on your journey :)

  • Jacqueline

    My biggest obstacle is my lack of office skills even though I just finished an HR Professional cert course. I have to believe in myself, and search out courses I need to get a job in a clerical position. In the meantime I have to search for any job to show that I am a stable, good employee, and to get more job experience.

  • Renu Seth

    We never start the day as expected, there is always something that we did not account for – in terms of actual work, or even brain time and emotional tugs.. Being prepared for such time, and to take them in the stride, solving what one can is the area that i wsih to build on – becuase worrying just saps our energy – it does not give us solutions or takes us forward. Sometimes we are even pushed futher down. Thinking about all the positive things you have said for overcoming – i would list a couple of things – Think of the issue, identify some immediate action points if any or what we can work towards ; listen to other points of view – just as people have different perspectives over things – sometimes this hellps- it widens our own horizon of possibiilities and respond – and not react to a situation – reaction often does not benefit us – unless its certain emergency situations. In relationships, its better to respond.. Just doing that helps, its like taking the right road to the destination. Collect more positives in your day, even by looking at the passer bys on the street – the colours, the child, the leaves – the collection of positives will be my reserve to draw from….

  • Alia

    One of my biggest setbacks is anxiety. My anxiety about certain things, especially important ones, leads me to avoid them, which ultimately causes me to either panic while trying to get it done at the last moment, or to miss opportunities altogether. My current obstacle is finding a job. In my state of anxiety, I tend to avoid conversations related to my plans for the future, and sometimes even job hunting itself. It is only in rare moments of motivation that I find myself perusing job ads.

    I have identified a few actions I can take:

    - I have no choice but to face up to my anxieties and fears. I must examine the root cause of these fears and be honest with myself in whether these thoughts are true or not.
    - I will do some research on what positions are available to those with my degree and try to get in touch with people who have the same qualifications as I in an effort to find out what more is available.

    My new belief:

    “I am competent and capable. My life is a sum of the choices I make, and I must act in spite of fear if I am to live a fulfilling one.” For more: :)

  • Celestine Chua

    Hey Chloe! :D I see that you’ve already decided to start with Day 1, and that sounds like a good choice! :D While I’ve designed the tasks in sequence, you are more than welcome to do the ones that appeal to you more first as you work your way to your latest task. Also, you are also welcome to do the tasks in tandem too, if you like!

    • Chloe Sim

      Hihi Celes, that sounds awesome! Thank you :D

  • Vivian

    Calae, your new belief is fantastic! Your career change story and new thoughts empoweredme. Thank you.

    • Calae

      You’re welcome! Glad they could help someone else out, too! =)

  • Vivian

    Samuel, i feel your body is trying to tell you something. I used to have similar experience. Take grateful Journal helped me a lot on happiness. I have lots of passion in happiness,let me know if you want to hear more.

    • Samuel Lim

      Hey Vivian, thanks again for sharing! I would definitely love to hear your insights on happiness.

  • Kirst

    So many uplifting comments posted already, with inspiring commitment to goals and causes. I was late posting about this one, so I’ll leave my blog entry and move on to day 5…

  • Pomme

    I think “capability oriented” affirmations are great, but “action oriented” and “emotion oriented” ones are much more powerful.

    We tend to sabotage ourselves even when we believe in our abilities. We keep giving ourselves excuses — “I know I can if I want to, but maybe not today.”

    So if you decided to have a health eating habit for example, instead of “I can eat healthy”, you may want to say “I choose to eat a healthy amount of healthy food”, “I enjoy eating healthy food”, “I naturally crave for healthy food”, “I feel wonderful because I’m making a right decision for myself”, and so on.

  • VickiB

    I can’t find what I posted yesterday! I responded to Vivian, and that showed up but my own post did not. Am I doing something wrong to make my posts not appear?

    • Celestine Chua

      Hey VickiB! I don’t think you’re doing anything wrong as your posts from the other days have been posted fine. I checked the comments spam folder but there isn’t any post from you there. So it’s possible that the comment didn’t get through? Can you post your task results for Day 4 again — will love to read it!!

      (PS: Something I recommend to everyone is to write/save your comments for the tasks in notepad first before posting them, so that you can always copy/paste them should anything happen later!)

  • Educate Yourself

    1. Identify an obstacle you’re facing currently.

    I am not taking action. I know that action is happiness. I feel happy when I take action and I feel successful to but why do do I procrastinate? I am my worst enemy. How can I intentionally hurt myself over and over again by not taking action?

    2. Identify action(s) to overcome this obstacle.

    I would just have to do it all, all the things I had to do daily I am going to do them. All I do is think, it never helped.

    3. Create new positive belief(s) to help you overcome this obstacle.

    - I have the power to be happy taking action.

    4. Say your new belief(s), along with today’s affirmation:

    - I have the power to be happy taking action.

    “I’ve the power to overcome any obstacle that stands in my way.”

  • Jenny D

    On what diet website that I visit another blogger suggested that I start with one goal at a time. So since I am off until the end of August I would like to go with weight loss. With weightloss, my barriers are my emotions and work. At work people are constantly leaving crap or good crap in the teachers lounge or in our classroom. My job situation is stressful so the food is a sad crutch. The same goes with home. If I feel stressed or lonely there is food. I run a lot and its sad that I dont show anything for it :( My friend said you do all this running and you dont lose weight? I had a therepist last year that was concern my weight loss will change once I start back at work. She felt there were sabotogers. This summer I would like a therepist who will help me with this situation and and emotional eating. One thing I will definetly do is not eat with the kids at lunch and eat away from teachers and be alone and peaceful. I will begin mindful eating. Then for home I will retrain my thinking to wanting things non edible for stress, like painting my nails. Like running a marathon or half marathons, there is a wall when the thinking goes negative and you dont fuel or train right. Its like a symbol in life, with out proper planning or thinking the wall will hit, but what to do when you hit the wall, knock it down and keep going as best as you could and reasses and start again.

    “I’ve the power to overcome any obstacle that stands in my way.”

  • Educate Yourself

    What do these “30BBM and 30LBL” mean? Calae said it.

    • Celestine Chua

      30BBM is Be a Better Me in 30 Days Program while 30dlbl is Live a Better Life in 30 Days Program. Both are premium 30-day courses at PE Courses designed to transform you inside-out. Calae has taken both courses before and is an alumni; so has some of the participants in this challenge actually. You can read more about them via the links above!

      • Educate Yourself

        Thanks, I need those now that know how to tackle my goals. Thanks to your ideas. Your tasks made me investigate myself deeper because of them it’s easier to find the right answers. I feel clearer than I used to be before doing this challenge.

  • Lisanne Wilcox

    “I’ve the power to overcome any obstacle that stands in my way.”

    “Everyday new people come into our lives, I have the power to look deep into their hearts to see if they are the right fit to enter the circle and possibly be apart of any projects. I can see their actions to determine if their visions for building young minds for a better future fit.” — feeling inspired.

  • Alia

    Hi Calae! I read your entire blog post and just wanted to let you know how inspiring it was! I also fall into that trap of caring what others think, especially my parents, and often times I find myself holding back on my dreams just because I think they wouldn’t approve. After I read your post it’s made me start thinking about the things I really want and the steps I should take to get them. It is terrifying, but I’ve realized that if I don’t step forward into my dreams, especially because of the opinions of others, then I’ll only have myself to blame later on. Thanks for the wonderful post! Look forward to reading more of them :)