We are on day 4 of 2021, I hope your year is off to a fantastic start!
I’m curious though, if you’ve already had some less than perfect moments this year? I know I have…
I was with coach Abby earlier this week talking about our coming challenge. We were discussing strategies we are testing and implementing for sustainable behavior change. One of the things we talked about is “roadblocks” especially the first ones and overcoming the all/nothing mentality.
I think how we handle the first few obstacles that come our way- as we are in pursuit of a goal- determines whether or not we will be successful.
Think about it: if you set off to drop 10 lbs of body fat and then get a cold, you could either
a: quit (sadly this happens 🙁 )
b: take a few days/ week to get better and then start back up and be hard on yourself about this temporary sidetrack
c: take a few days/ week to get better and also give yourself grace in the process.
Which do you think serves you best? Which would you recommend for a friend? c, right? Except we sometimes choose a or b for ourselves, even though we know c is what we need.
Very rarely is there a perfectly smooth journey on the road toward any goal- especially one that involves behavior change (like getting in shape and losing body fat).
We have habits to build.
We have shifts to make.
We need to plan.
We need to execute said plan.
It doesn’t always go smoothly.
Sometimes we need to adapt the plan.
BUT the important thing to remember is to stay the course toward your goal. When you are doing the best you can (even if it isn’t a “best” that you like) give yourself some grace.
Winston Churchill said “success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm”. I’m not sure that it is possible to maintain enthusiasm after every stumble but I think the important thing is to keep going.
So after a few stumbles this week, I’m going to keep at it. How about you?
We know you can do it.
We believe in you.
Megan K and the team