How to get back on track
Isn’t it the truth when we say we are harder on ourselves than anyone else? I mean, if someone came to you, confiding in you, spilling their heart out to you about how disappointed they were in themselves for “falling off the wagon AGAIN!” what would you say to them?
Would you laugh at them for having no inner strength? Would you yell at them and say mean things about them? Would you insult their integrity to their very core?
OF COURSE NOT! Non of us would do that to a complete stranger much less someone we cared about.
But that’s what we do to ourselves when we fail to live up to our own expectations. We yell, insult, and berate ourselves ad nauseam.
The first step to getting back on track is to stop all this!! I mean just tell that mean girl inside that she is no longer welcome at this party.
To get clarity on the self doubt that betrays our future check out my blog post here.
We are only human. Forgive yourself. That means not bringing it up every time you feel weak or distracted. It means to let it go… for good..
for failing again
for disappointing you again
for just being human and making mistakes.
We talk about being kind to everyone else – it’s time we are kind to ourselves.
Now that you let yourself off the hook being human, figure out what your goal is. What do you want to accomplish? What is the time frame to accomplish this goal?
Break the goal into small chunks. Make a list of all the steps needed to achieve the goal.
Each chunk will have action steps. Under each chunk list the action steps that will help you make progress on your goal.
Make your goals realistic and actionable. Need help getting your plan on paper? Here is a free printable to get you going.
Once you have a goal and a plan, staying on course can be the hardest part for some people. We are excited to get started again, we know it’s what is best for us, but as we walk down that road, we get tired.
Tired of trying
Tired of the effort it takes to be consistent.
Tired of always being “on track.”
Yes, consistency takes effort and work. Goals won’t be accomplished without consistency. It’s the mortar that holds the bricks together and makes the wall stay standing.
Being consistent doesn’t mean perfection, though. It means you always get back on that road even after you take a detour. Don’t stay on the detour. Keep going until you get back on the main road.
The more you keep going, the easier it will become to build the habit of consistency in your life.
Having goals and making progress through consistent effort can be a lonely road. Most people take the easy out and revert back to their old habits settling for less than their best.
You don’t have to do this journey alone. When you are on a road less traveled, it doesn’t mean it’s deserted. It’s just LESS traveled.
There will be someone on that same road or maybe the one next to it on a similar journey. Reach out.
Reach out for support when you need it. Allow others to help you when you are feeling week and less confident in yourself. There are many professional organizations that have programs to help people learn to stay on track.
You know, like on the tv show about wanting an enormous amount of cash? yes! Phone a friend!!
Use that lifeline! Everyone needs a lifeline once in a while. We aren’t islands. We are creatures born within groups and communities. Isolation isn’t a necessary evil.
Being alone can be a good thing, but when you are on the struggle bus and trying to get it back on track, having a friend to confide in and vent to can be just what you need.
Call a friend to help you get through those tough times when you just want to binge eat everything in sight or go back to bad habits that got you into this position in the first place.
Remember though, make sure you are as good a friend as you want them to be for you. If you want a friend, be a friend.
Want a community ready to support and encourage you as you are getting back on track? Come on over to the Homeroom Haven and join a group of women who are supportive, kind and understanding while giving you a dose of truth when you need it.
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