If that title resonated with you, then we already know your problem – your mindset.
It is 5 flippin days into the New Year, no matter what you have or have not done, you definitely haven’t failed.
Your mindset is EVERYTHING, and it takes work but you can easily switch it around.
Self talk, motivation, positive thoughts, etc. can all get you back to moving in the right direction. You ultimately decide how things affect you.
Example: A client was all set to start of her New Year with a great workout, and she had to cancel last minute for a work meeting. She texted me and said “It literally ruined my day”.
I get it, she was excited to get back to the gym in the New Year, but ruined your day?
I responded with “Bummer! But you have two options here: let it ruin your day, and sit around and mope on the couch, or say ‘it is what it is’ and get in a great walk or bodyweight workout later that evening”
Mindset is everything – you can talk yourself in and out of things much easier than you think!
Maybe you decided to cut out all sweets from your life as a resolution. But then a beautiful cookie magically appears on your desk at work…
You decide to eat it because heaven forbid it goes to waste, it probably cost someone about 5 cents to make…
Then what? Two paths that will most commonly be taken here:
1. Well I already failed and had sweets, maybe I’ll try next year (continues to eat more and more)
2. Okay, that wasn’t part of my resolution to myself, but time to get back on track right now.
The difference here is person one is expecting perfection, and thinking in an all or nothing mindset. This rarely works for people, especially with sweets, treats, booze, and other “junk” because parties, weddings, social events, sports all happen.
Person two is striving for consistency, but not perfection. Maybe week one consistency is having a sweet treat only on days of the week that end in “day” 😉
Maybe week two is consistently only having treats on 3 days per week of your own choosing – or only having treats when you really want them and think mindfully about it.
Maybe week three is consistently having a sweet food only if you are out and about, but not having any more in your house.
Maybe by week 4 you are consistently not even thinking about treats unless you are at a friends wedding, and damn that cake looks good so you will have a piece there, and then get right back to consistently not really eating them at all.
See the difference?
Strive for consistency with goals, not perfection – take baby steps as needed.
Whatever you set your goals to be, give them TIME and EFFORT. Without one or the other you are bound to be upset in the end. If you give it ALL your effort, but no time – you are likely to burn out and not see results fast enough and give up.
If you give it ALL your time, and little effort, well, frankly you won’t get anywhere.
Find the balance: MINDSET + time and effort (and consistency) = RESULTS
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Stay healthy my friends,