A lot of people want to eathealthier, exercise more and develop a well-balanced lifestyle. Sounds good,right? So what’s holding them back? Hint: it’s not about excuses.

Not Sure How (Uncertainty)
Lots of people say they don’t know how to achieve their goals:what steps to take, how to take them, in what order, and so on. Thereality, however, is that no one really knowshow to do anything until they actually do it. Weare all making it up as we go along. This is a little secret of lifecertainty is an illusion. There aren’t always blueprints, guidelines or jobduties to lead us. We just have to trust ourselves enough to take thatnext step without someone holding our hand the whole way.

I’m not saying some support and guidance aren’t helpful. Infact, I think they are tremendously valuable for building that basic trust inour own creative intelligence. But we ultimately must walkthe path ourselves. If we wait for absolute certainty in everything we do,nothing will get done. Therefore, we can’t get stuck in a stage of worryingabout what we want to do (hoping that this preparation will bring us greatercertainty). We really need to just get started. A goal in motion is much easierto sustain that one that has only been contemplated. This is the law ofinertia.

Not Enough Information
While this may have been a reasonable excuse last century,information is abundant in our wired society. We are practically drowning init. Unless you’re looking for advice or data about an extremely obscure topic,I can guarantee a quick internet search will reveal something relevant to your goals. Want to learn how to meditate?There are numerous instructional videos online. Want to learn how to select andcook organic meals? Try reading one of hundreds natural or raw food blogs. Wantto increase your flexibility? Find a free yoga or Pilates meet-up in yourneighborhood. Information is out there. It’s a question of whether you want totake the time to find it.

 Not Enough Time
We all have 24 hoursin a day, no matter who we are, what we do, or where we live. Despite thisfact, some people manage to get more done with the time they have. For most,this means multi-tasking, cutting back on sleep, and running around all daylike a maniac, none of which I recommend for optimal health. Instead, being productive whilemaintaining a well-balanced life means shifting our focus from the quantityof time spent on a task to the quality of our attention, energy and investment.Aiming for high-quality experiences, no matter how brief, makes the most of the24 hours allotted to all of us, even the time we spend asleep

For example, if your goal is weight loss,aim for a high-intensity 20-min bout of exercise and you will get the same ifnot better results than a lackadaisical 1hr on the elliptical. If your goal isto show more appreciation to your family, notice how a 15 minute conversationwhere you are truly present and engaged feels so much richer and moremeaningful than an hour long family dinner where you are distracted andhalf-caring. Focus on the quality of your time and you’ll find that you mightget more done and enjoy yourself more in the process.

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About the writer: Jeffrey Siegel is a trainer, writer, teacher and perpetualstudent of human nature. As the founder of Integral Life Training, Jeffincorporates the best from neuroscience, psychology, exercise physiology,performance coaching and spiritual traditions to catalyze transformation andoptimal health for all living beings.