Getting started is hard. That is why there are so many books and articles and challenge groups to teach you how to get your butt in gear. But what happens AFTER the weight loss challenge is over, or you have started your diet, or completed your first 5K? How do you keep yourself going?
No matter how many times I get knocked down or fall off track, I’ve committed to never giving up, no matter what the circumstance. Life happens, and things get tough. It’s impossible to avoid obstacles on your path to a better life.
Have you ever fallen so far off track that it felt impossible to get back on? Here are 3 tips that will help you get back on track faster, and stay motivated while you are there.
- Remember how far you’ve come
When things are really tough, take the time pause and reflect. Give yourself some space to REALLY remember where you started. I want you to realize that you have come so far. Sure, you aren’t the person you want to be… Yet. But you aren’t the person you used to be either. You have already made strides in the right direction and overcome a lot!
Be patient, but get excited for the person you are becoming. Even if you are off track, you are still making forward progress. Turn the “I’m a failure” attitude into “I’m a fighter” attitude and focus on your next good decision.
- Forgive yourself
We all make mistakes, we all screw up our diet, and we all feel like a failure sometimes. That’s OK. I’m human and so are you. Don’t allow yourself to stay in a state of blame or go down a shame spiral.
The first step in getting out of self-criticism is forgiving yourself. Tell yourself that it’s OK to not be perfect. You are still incredibly special and talented, and you will still accomplish your dreams.
I’ve spent way too much time and energy beating myself up for making mistakes. What I’ve realized is that I was only pushing myself down further when I was already feeling low. I’ve had to learn to turn the negative thoughts into ones that are encouraging and supportive.
- Revisit your why
When you are feeling low and you want to quit, make sure that you remind yourself why it is so important to keep going. Deep down, there is a powerful reason why you desire to change. You want to be healthy, confident, and happy. You want to enjoy your life and share it with the people you love.
Spend some time defining your why and make it specific to your situation. This is your driving force. This is your purpose. When you are struggling, visualize your life as if you are living your ultimate truth. Remind yourself that you deserve to be happy and you are worth the effort to keep going.