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Back when I was training for Ms Bikini Universe, I’d jump on a weekly conference call with my team to get a little pep talk from the head coach. Typically this came in the form of a Q&A and no doubt, some poor well meaning gal would get on the call, crying that she binged on Doritos and wasn’t quite sure what to do with herself.
This may seem trivial (and maybe it is), but when you’re training for a competition, it’s a setback that can cost you a ranking or worse, a slippery slope into giving up completely.
I think the latter applies to all of us trying to eat better, live healthier and build better behaviors. When we have a set back (aka, when we behave as we’d rather not) we often think we’ve failed. This single moment is chosen to be the defining moment where the journey ends because we abandoned our good intentions and hard work, tossing it all away for a bag of Doritos.
But is it?
The Reality of a Single Set back
Here’s what… set backs are universal and unavoidable. You cannot get from point A to point Z without passing point LMNOP a few times because inevitably we all take two steps forward and then three steps back. This happens all. the time. Success is not linear. It’s actually quite messy and unpredictable.
Truth be told, the only way to end up at the point of success, is to never give up trying to get there.
[Tweet “The only way to end up at the point of success is to never give up trying to get there – The Fit Habit”]
So back to the coach and the gal with the Dorito overdose. In response to the women who was ready to pack it all in after a single chip fest she’d say, “so you ate the bag of nacho chips, now what?” Her point was to never look back. Always be looking forward. Reflect on where your weaknesses were in the moment and then pack the experience away in a neat little box because it’s over, it can’t be changed and it doesn’t have to derail your hard work.
[Tweet “Success requires consistency, perseverance & acceptance that you will never be 100% perfect.”]
So as we head into the holiday season where you will no doubt have your set backs, please don’t let it define you, or end what you’re striving for. If you have a night where you eat too much, so what? Take a moment to consider what went wrong (ie boredom, being physically too close to the dessert tray, too much booze and not enough food), then decide that this is one mistake you won’t make again, and learn from it.
That’s all there is to it.
For those of you in the USA, I wish you all a warm and peaceful Thanksgiving holiday. I’m curious to know what your shopping plans are as we move into the biggest shopping week of the year. Are you in support of Thanksgiving day shopping? Will you be braving the crowds on black Friday or taking advantage of the sales from your PJs instead? Let me know in the comments below.