An interview with Luke Trappel Life Coach
What is the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome in your life?
Life is full of obstacles. I can think of hundreds that began when I was only a young boy. But in saying that, I will always remember facing my biggest challenge.
My biggest obstacle was changing myself. Letting go of trying to live up to my perceived expectations of what I thought others saw as success. Trying not to disappoint my family and put pressure on myself to win. I was always asking myself if I was making them proud.
Living with those self-imposed expectations. It was crippling and led me to fail a lot. I was failing because I wasn’t living. I was surviving – going through the motions. I was too afraid to step out of my comfort zone and test myself.
I always felt I was meant for something more, but I was unwilling to look for what that was. It was a battle to keep going, and I was losing all the time. So the obstacle I had to face down, and defeat was the man in the mirror. I started to stare down at that man in the mirror a few years ago. It has been a journey of self-discovery and enlightenment since.
I live a much fuller life now. A life where I am now experiencing all the joy I had locked away and had forced myself to abandon for a long time. Letting go of everything you have ever thought about yourself is confronting but highly rewarding if you are willing. Facing such a challenge head-on has been the best move I have ever made.
What are your three top tips to overcome the obstacle?
- Start small. Just change one thing at first. Small changes lead to big results. (Tip number 3 is a good starting point)
2. Commitment. Be committed. Look at that man/woman in the mirror each morning and say, I am committed to doing this today. I will do this.
3. Learn. Each day, spend some time learning something new. Listen to a podcast, read a book (listen to an audiobook), watch a YouTube video.