I want to share a liberating paradox about habits that has brought me immense freedom, and I believe it will do the same for you.
Here it is 𝘏𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳 𝘶𝘴 𝘧𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘰𝘮, 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘦 “𝘧𝘢𝘪𝘭” 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮.
Sometimes, falling short of your exercise goals isn’t a failure at all. In fact, it’s a natural part of the journey toward a healthier you.
Life throws curveballs, and we all stumble or face unexpected challenges. It’s how we respond to these moments that truly matter.
When life knocks you down or circumstances derail your plans, it’s not a failure as long as you get back on track and resume your intended behaviors.
Habits breed success over time and after continuous effort. Within that definition is the freedom to “fail” sometimes. Your goal isn’t 100% perfect adherence – because no one can meet that standard! Your goal is to steadily do the right things, over and over.
If you suffer a slip, don’t beat yourself up. Learn from it if you can, and make a backup plan should the same circumstance come up again.
Or maybe you need to add a new habit or take one out of the mix. If so, connect it to a current habit, like brushing your teeth. Before long, it will seem just as natural.
𝑹𝒆𝒎𝒆𝒎𝒃𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 80/20 𝒓𝒖𝒍𝒆. If you’re doing things right 80% of the time, that’s a significant win. It applies to diet, exercise, and other habits, too.
Remember that you don’t have to go it alone. Check-in with an accountability partner. Seek help if you need it.
Finally, keep the long-term vision in mind, NOT yesterday’s “mistake.” You’re running a marathon, not a sprint.
If you wanted instant success, I’d tell you it’s impossible.
Take your time. When you go at it with the thought of developing a relationship with your body and learning, the only way to go is slow.
Hang in there and keep moving forward. You got this!
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