View On Fitness

by Laura Draskovich

You took a vacation, suffered an injury, binged on donuts, or just plain took it easy over the winter months. You feel bummed, embarrassed, and totally discouraged, so you decided to give it up. This is exactly what you should not do.

The truth is, setbacks are a fact of life for everyone, even for the very successful on their way to success. Setbacks must be dealt with constantly before they lead to undermining the confidence needed to achieve one’s goals. How do you deal with the inevitable challenges that arise in life? Here are some simple ways to get yourself back on track to a more positive outcome.

Find The Lessons In The Situation.
You have a choice. You could either bang your head against the wall, or look for the lesson that needs to be learned. If health and fitness are big on your priority list and you are not motivated to eat healthier and get exercise, maybe it’s a wake-up call to enlist some support. Look to hire a personal trainer or dietician who may be able to help you reach your goals. If you are social, check out a sports league you could join. Seeing other people active might motivate you to get moving.

Commit To Leveling Up Your Game.
It has been said that you are the average of the five people you spend most of your time with. That being said, if you spend your time with people who are active and start developing their good habits, you’ll likely be active, too. If your goal is to eat healthy, yet you run with a fast food friend or group, you won’t likely have much motivation. Surround yourself with positive people. Make it a habit to spend more time with those you aspire to be.

Get Consistent.
Falling off the wagon is no excuse not to try to make a more positive improvement. Start small and work your way towards the habit you are desiring to create. Small consistent habits lead to bigger successes. The key is to be consistent in those small steps. It is the equivalent of letting yourself go all-out at the all-you-can-eat buffet over the weekend. You hardly want to work out on Monday, but just being in the habit of showing up at the gym shows that you are committed, and will likely be on a better path to reaching your goals.

Acknowledge Success Along The Way. (No Matter how big or small.)
One step forward, no matter how small, is a step in the right direction. Celebrate the small “wins” and those will keep the momentum going. Let’s face it. Setbacks are bound to happen in one form or another. Do not let the guilt or embarrassment of not following through on your goals, or goal path, prevent you from moving forward with your positive habits.

Persistence, not perfection, is essential for success in relationships, business, anything really. If you want to have a healthy, meaning-filled life, you have got to keep going even when it’s hard. Even after failure. Especially after failure! Small hiccups do not make you a failure, they make you human. The most goal-oriented and dedicated people slip on their habits, too. What separates them isn’t their willpower or motivation, it is their ability to get back on track quickly. You can, too!

Until next time,
Keep Living the Fit Life.

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