Moving Past Minor Inconveniences

What’s a minor inconvenience? It’s an obstacle to a goal that’s annoying but not big enough to stop forward motion – unless you let it.

With working out I’m in the middle. I don’t hate it. I don’t love it either. I don’t mind it because I know it’s good for me and my body and mind are happier when I do it. Of course, certain workouts are more fun than others. Last year I let the minor inconvenience of heat hives stop me from working out. Before we move forward, let’s backtrack.

The middle of last year I started getting itchy, red spots on my upper back and chest. I didn’t realize, at first, it was because of the rise in my body’s temperature while working out. The first few times it happened I thought it was because of my body soap but after I replaced that I still was getting hives. Then I thought perhaps it was my laundry detergent. I was at a loss until the day I didn’t shower immediately after working out and broke out in heat hives.

Once I figured out the culprit, I slowly stopped working out. I was even hesitant to take a warm shower (and I hate cold showers).

Moderate to intense workout. Break out.
Warm shower. Break out.
Cuddle under a blanket cause it’s cold outside. Break out. (Although not as bad as the other two and in random spots.)

For me, cholinergic urticaria (heat hives) is a minor inconvenience. I don’t mind the redness but the itching drives me crazy. I have to make a conscious effort not to scratch because after I have cooled down a bit the itching stops. I can live with it.

What I have found is that pushing through our minor inconveniences is mostly a mental habit. We can easily talk ourselves out of doing something when it doesn’t mean that much to us. So first we need to decide if it’s something we really want. If it is and only a minor inconvenience is in our way, we need to remember why we started and bring that to mind when we feel our mind drifting and pulling us to stop.

We can choose to walk around a small obstacle, figure a way through it, or just give up. If it is important to you why would you give it up?

How often do you let minor inconveniences stop you from doing what you said you were going to do? Instead of stopping, write 2 lists: one with your minor inconvenience and one with solutions to that inconvenience. You can also do if/then planning. (If I start to let the minor inconvenience stop me, then I will get up and take one action towards my goal.)

Don’t let minor inconveniences stop you from becoming the best version of yourself.

Jam out to some Kelly Clarkson while you If/Then plan.

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