We all do it or have done it. Most of us will do it again in some form. We break the promises we’ve made to ourselves, which turn and fester inside us until we feel guilt. There isn’t a reason that we should feel this way. Following these few simple steps, you’ll feel less guilty about your setbacks and ready take on the challenges again.
Don’t beat yourself up.
OK, you’ve missed a workout after having been from a week in a row. Today you just couldn’t muster the energy to make it to the gym. It happens. Motivation wanes on everybody and some people need to be pushed or encouraged to do certain things. Let it go. Don’t make excuses either like thinking it’s ok to miss a workout then justifying it because you haven’t missed one in the past week. However, don’t beat yourself up about it. Don’t announce it to everyone you didn’t go today. Just leave it be. Which lends me to my next point is… don’t miss the next one.
Get back up
Here is where most people have a real problem. They make an excuse that one time to break the routine, and then they do it again. It’s like rolling a snowball down a hill. The task gets bigger and bigger because your goal date gets nearer and nearer. Call that one relapse a one off. However, then dust yourself off and make a conscious effort of not letting yourself down again. Remember who you’re talking to. You say what you want to everyone else. But,if you’re not happy with life, only you can make those changes.
Stay focused on YOU
Doesn’t it always seem like when you’re just about to get your life in order something happens to pull it away from your grasp? Ever feel like you’ve never been able to make it to the finish line because obstacles were always getting in the way? Well no more. This is your time and you’ve got to take chances. Rome wasn’t built in a day… nor will your dream, but you have to stay focused on the result in order for you to realize that vision. There will always be distractions. They are meant to be to test your will and resolve. You have to be committed to you, and your purpose. No one else will. Make your goals your priority without feeling guilty that you’re neglecting someone else. They are responsible for them. You are responsible for you. Staying on top of your game and completing the little steps along your path will fill you with a sense of pride and confidence, so that when you reach your destination the reward is that much sweeter.
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About the Author: Elliot Zovighian is a Certified Coach Practitioner and author of the book, "Enough is Enough: Get Off Your @$% and Make It Happen!" from Toronto, Canada. He is president and founder of EZLifestyles, a motivation and development company providing custom presentations, seminars, and keynote speeches, for corporations, organizations, schools, and private groups.