When it comes to making life changes, consistently sticking to your plans is challenging. Whether you’re trying to follow an exercise plan or cutting back on spending, there will be times of high motivation followed by serious lags. It’s tempting to give in – but consider:
“If you do not change direction, you may end up
where you are heading.” ~Lao Tzu
When you give up, not only do you remain stuck but feelings of failure or even self-disgust can set in. We all know that the longer you flounder, the bigger the setback. So why does it take so long to get back on track?
Consider these common reasons:
“It’s too hard!”
When you believe that a change will be near impossible or unsustainable, you’re jumping too far ahead. It’s important to choose small attainable steps and to know that you’ll get over the initial hump quickly. We forget that our perspective changes, often significantly, as we make gradual advances. Get support, celebrate your successes, and switch your focus from catastrophic thoughts to what it will feel like to succeed!
“I already blew it so I might as well give in.”
This type of ‘all or nothing’ thinking is common but will slow or halt your progress. Since it’s highly unrealistic to sustain ‘all’, this perspective leads to the ‘nothing’ side of the equation far too often. Refuse to minimize your accomplishments! Would you tell a 5 year old that none of their efforts mattered, so why bother? Obviously not, and the same goes for you. Instead, hold on to all your successes, however small, and don’t succumb to the false belief that they don’t make a difference.
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