Sometimes we settle and get complacent and even sabotage our wins. How many times have you had the thought “ugh I did it again,” in reference to a bad habit that doesn’t align with your goals? I’m raising my hand because friend, I’ve been there and from time to time, am still there. And it sucks to be there. It’s a terrible feeling to fall off your good choice wagon and do things that don’t help you get where you want to go.
Personally, I’ve been consistently hitting the gym 5x a week for the past 11 weeks. I was initially motivated by the fact I have to be in a bikini at the beach in July. Now that I am 11 weeks in, my motivation has changed. There were days that I wanted to throw in the towel but because my habit of going to the gym was strong (and I had a game plan in place) I still went. This lesson has really impacted me and had me curious about other areas of my life. What if I kept showing up for other good habits that aligned with my goals, even when I didn’t feel like it? Would I feel the same strength and mental clarity that I’m starting to feel today?
I started to ask myself, “What if I made the choices today that aligned with being my best self?”
This question is so powerful. If you keep asking this question all day every day when you encounter a decision, you’ll be so much aware of your action and choices.
While my fitness program started out with motivation for a physical change, the mental changes have been more significant. I think the mental clarity that comes with committing to a program and act of showing up for your health daily is a bigger win when you complete these kinds of programs. Our mental health probably more important that physical health because it affects every single part of our body and how we engage in the world.
Don’t be scared of falling off the wagon. No one is perfect and falling off the wagon happens to the best of us. What makes a difference at the end of the day is whether you decide to get back on and keep showing up, faults and all.