My first response is guilt. It always is. It happens every time I get off track. Whether it’s eating too much, spending too much, being lazy with my workouts, or even trying to get back on track after an illness or injury.
This week has been a doozie for me.
I got a little too sidetracked and found myself traveling back to negative-feeling-land. I know that land well. You run through a wall (and not in a cool way like in Harry Potter) and suddenly you’re in a world that seems overrun with guilt, pain, and remorse. If you’ve clicked your way to this post you’ve probably been there, too.
We’ve all experienced a season of poor decisions, making mistakes, or just being a slacker. Maybe it’s giving in to that box of donuts at the office, or that party you went to where you had a few too many, or maybe you skipped your workout for more than just a couple of days in a row and it’s been so long that you now need to start all over from day one.
So what’s a girl (or guy) to do, and how do we get back on track?
If you feel like what began as a little snowball of a few bad choices has spun out of control into an avalanche, have no fear!
Go from GUILT to GREAT with these 3 steps:
1. Commit to one good day.
Don’t think about that light at the all the way at the end of the tunnel – yet. Just get on the train and head in the general direction of the tunnel. Do your awesome best on this one good day, and then – yes, do it again tomorrow. You will get there!
2. Seek out support.
Call a friend who will hold you to your word, take a healthy cooking class to meet like-minded people, join a gym or an online fitness community. There’s plenty of research out there on the power of group accountability. As human beings it feels good to surround ourselves with people who can celebrate with us when we reach goals and call us out when we need a push. Don’t let guilt give you excuses. Chances are you are not the only one struggling. YOU may end up being a much needed support partner for someone else!
3. Allow yourself some grace.
The bible says grace is the love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us to have it, not because of anything we have done to earn it. How cool is that! However huge your particular setback has been, know that failure only comes when we completely stop moving forward. So what if you have to ask for a do-over? It’s all good! Grace allows us to remain upright when life throws us off balance!
Entrepeneur and author Seth Godin says we need a lot more failures. Say whaaat?
He says failures that don’t kill us make us bolder, teaching us one more way that won’t work, while opening the door to things that might. Hmmm… Once you look at setbacks with that kind of perspective, you can let go of the guilt and just move on!
So, no hard feelings if you’ve lost your intensity for a couple of days, a week, or even longer. Use these 3 steps and get back on track today!
Do you need someone to be a supporter, encourager, or accountability person for you? I would love to share in your journey (and your struggles) and Lord knows, I need all the support I can get, too!
Connect with me and we’ll get back on track together!
In this thing with you,