It is my responsibility to be brutally honest here. This journey is not always sunshine and rainbows so let’s get right into it, dive deep and strip you of this false belief now. Here is the reality and I say this with lots of love and support, “You will fall down.”
Accepting this truth will prepare you to coast during the good times and overcome the grittiest. We all fall. Learning to get your mojo back is a vital part of the process. Ultimately, it’s the golden ticket to becoming the person you want to be and having the life you want.
Last night I went to a friend’s wedding. After hours of dancing, laughing, and celebrating, it may have ended with a late night slice of piping hot delicious pizza. “Oops”
I fell, well, more like tripped. I’ll explain the difference between them shortly. So what?! It is a FACT. That is it. At the end of the day it’s just food, it was fun and I was living my life. I am not perfect, I will never claim to be perfect and I don’t expect perfection from myself or anyone else.
I made that choice. I own it and it’s in the past now. I am not going to let it have any power over today’s choices. And, it certainly cannot erase all of the millions of other choices the I have made that have helped me to successfully keep all the weight I lost off.
The difference between a fall and a trip is how far you let it go and how fast you can rebound. This comes with practice and whether it snowballs into other choices that aren’t part of the plan or you get right back to it, it all starts with how you frame it in your mind and your reaction to it.
When you expect that inevitably this will happen to you, it prepares you to be ready, to have a plan and tools to cope better. Now that you won’t be blindsided, let’s dig into dusting off and picking yourself back up.
Schedule it in your calendar - If you’re starting from a complete standstill, you’ll likely need to book a reset day with yourself to get back in gear. Start small and give yourself the proper time to get organized. It can be things like meal prep, exercise, grocery shopping, looking up menus for business lunches or dinners in advance. Just pick something.
Don’t wait for the perfect time - If you do, you’ll be waiting awhile. “When I’m back from my business trip or after my best friend’s birthday party.” Now. Now. Now. There will always be something that comes up in life.
Define Your Minimums - You don’t have to have it all together overnight. Start with the habits that you can do 90-100% of the time. I like to call these your daily non-negotiables. On a bad day you can at least do xyz such as drink this much water or take this many steps or eat this many servings of produce or get this many hours of sleep or exercise for this many minutes.
Focus on What You Can Control - You have a choice. You can focus on the limitations, the challenges, the less than ideal aspects of your life or you can seize the opportunities to make even the smallest of changes each day. When you shift your perspective, you may realize that you have more control than you originally thought.
Remember that the hardest thing to do is to get going. An object in motion stays in motion so that means that you can trust that the momentum will build after you take that first initial step.
If you’ve had some practice with this before, I want to hear from YOU. What’s the easiest first step you take to get going again? If this is new to you, what step will you test out this week to get yourself going again?