Bad Behavior can be a multitude of things.
For example - you follow your diet religiously for a week and then break it with a weekend binge. You set a vision for your career and get excited by the possibilities, only to get dragged down in everyday responsibilities and not return to your dream until months later. You commit to working out more, hit the gym for two days, and then struggle to get off the couch after a long day of work.
We have ALL had this happen. It does not make you a failure. It makes you human.
Here is the important part: The most successful people in the world slip up too. What separates them is not their willpower or motivation, it is their ability to get back on track quickly.
There will always be instances when following your regular routine is basically impossible. You don't need superhuman willpower, you just need strategies that can pull you back on track.
Here are my top 3 strategies to get back in the groove:
1. Stick to your schedule, even in small ways: It's not the individual impact of missing your schedule that's a big deal. It’s the cumulative impact of never getting back on track.
If you miss one workout, you don't suddenly feel more out of shape than you were before. For that reason, it's critical to stick to your schedule, even if it's only in a very small way.
Don't have enough time to do a full workout? Just squat
Don't have enough time to write an article? Write a paragraph
Don't have enough time to do yoga? Take ten seconds to breathe
Individually, these behaviors may seem insignificant. But it is not the individual impact that makes a difference. It is the cumulative impact of always sticking to your schedule that will carry you to long–term success.
Find a way to stick to the schedule, no matter how small it is
2. Focus on what you can work with: We waste so much time focusing on what is withheld from us. This is especially true after we slip up and get off track from our goals.
Anytime we don't do the things we want to do — start a business, eat healthy, go to the gym — we come up with excuses. “I don't have enough money. I don't have enough time. I don't have the right contacts. I don't have enough experience. I need to learn more. I'm not sure what to do."
Here's what I want you to think instead: “I can work with this”
Because you can. The truth is that most of us start in the same place — no money, no resources, no contacts, no experience — but some people (the winners) choose to get started anyway.
It's not easy, but I promise you that your life will be better if you choose to feel uncomfortable and make progress, rather than complain and make excuses. Shift your focus from what is withheld from you to what is available to you.
It's rare that your circumstances prevent you from making any progress. You might not like where you have to start. Your progress might be slow and unsexy. But you can work with this
3. Just because it's not optimal, doesn't mean it's not beneficial: It is so easy to get hung up on doing things the optimal way and end up preventing yourself from doing them at all.
For example: “I really want to eat Paleo, but I go to Chipotle every Friday with my friends and I like to get sour cream and cheese on my burrito and I know that's not Paleo. Plus, I have a book club meeting every Tuesday and we always have ice cream and I don't want to be the only one not joining the group. Maybe I should try something else?”
Seriously? Is eating clean five days per week better than not eating clean at all?
Yes, I believe it is.
In fact, eating healthy one day per week is better than none at all. Make that your goal to start: eat clean every Monday.
Just because you can’t stick to the optimal schedule, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stick to it at all.
Good habits are built gradually. Start slow, live your life, and get better along the way.
Progress is a spectrum, not a specific place.
Furthermore, if you haven't mastered the basics, then why make things harder for yourself by fretting about the details?
The optimal strategies will make the last 10% of difference. Meanwhile, 90% of your results will hinge on you simply sticking to the basics: don't miss workouts, eat real food, do the most important thing first each day.
Master the fundamentals now. You can optimize the details later.
Special assignment: read this short post about creating a morning routine, you won't regret it!
Xoxo Lady Katherine