“Success is not final; Failure is not fatal; It is the courage to continue that counts.”
Do you ever feel like you’re just not moving toward your goals? It can be very discouraging to feel like you’re putting in the effort, but for whatever reason, you just aren’t seeing the results you want and it seems much easier to give up. This is all too common when we are making lifelong habit changes or when we set unrealistic expectations and goals for ourselves. How you handle this feeling determines the difference between failure and success, and it is what will keep you going.
First, remember your “why”.
Why do you want to achieve your goals? Why is this important to you? The reason (or why) behind your goals is the driving force to keep you motivated to not only set your goals but to achieve them. We are always focused and driven when we first start out on our health journey, but then all too soon, life and all its stresses can get in the way, and then we lose our focus. So revisiting and reviewing your why at least once a week can help keep your focus where it needs to be and will give you the courage to keep going. I like reminding myself each morning to give thanks that each day is a fresh start, a brand new slate and I can do whatever I have set out to do!
Next, focus on your “wins”
No matter how big or small, anything you have accomplished is a win. Instead of focusing on the big goal, set yourself small attainable goals so you get that feeling of success more often. For instance, say you want to lose 50 pounds… break that down into 10 pound increments so you can see your progress towards your overall goal. And while you’re focusing on your wins, be sure to celebrate those wins so you keep your motivation up. Be sure to keep a progress log of all your accomplishments so that if you ever feel like you’re not making any progress and you are starting to get discouraged, you can look over that log and remind yourself that you are crushing your goals. Remember progress not perfection!
In the end, we need to understand that setbacks are inevitable because life is not perfect, and in those setbacks or failures, that is when we often learn the most.
We like to think we learn from success but failures are usually the best teacher because we learn what we need not to do to get to the success we want. Setbacks give us the motivation to keep going because in the end we want the success of our goals… just like we get a rainbow after the rain.
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