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April 23, 2019

Life throws you a curveball… now what?

Life throws us curveballs from time to time, there is no escaping that.

  • You change jobs
  • You get injured playing tag with the grand kids
  • A family member gets cancer
  • Your kids sports season starts
  • You experience the passing of a loved one

Life happens. The good, the bad, the ugly.

When life throws you a curveball, our first gut reaction is to press snooze on exercising or eating healthy until “things settle down.”

Have you ever done that? 

While as tempting as it is to just stop working toward our goals is, pressing the snooze button “until things settle down” is a sure fire way to sabotage any gains you’ve made thus far.

I should know… I did it once myself.

I’ve experienced more loss of loved ones in the past two years than I have in most of my adult life.

I’ve experienced injury and illness upon injury and illness this past winter.

I could have easily stopped making progress toward my goals.

Many of us think that in order to reach our health and fitness goals, it has to be done “right” the first time, or it won’t work. It’s what we refer to as the “all or nothing” mindset.

But, very few times does this mindset actually work.

How many times have you said “I’ll start again Monday” to find Monday come and go and you’ve done nothing?

Lots, I’m guessing.

When life throws you a curveball, instead of saying to yourself… “I’ll get back to it … Monday…. when things settle down…. when I have more time…. when…. etc.”

Do this instead.

Aim for 1% better than the day before.

In other words, don’t aim for perfection. If you can’t do your normal 3 times a week workouts, stick with once a week. If you can’t plan your meals, make better choices no matter where you end up eating (like in a hospital cafeteria).

Just focus on that 1% until you can make it 10%, then 25%, then 50%, then back to 100% of effort.

When we hit the snooze button on our goals, rarely do we accomplish them. But if we learn to adjust our goals when life does through the curveballs, then we learn how to continually move forward and not backward.

Reaching the outcome you most desire requires a flexible mindset so that you don’t get sidetracked.

If you need help ditching the “all or nothing” mindset, or help getting back on track, schedule a 30 minute Success Session with me. I’ll help get you back on track.

 

 

 

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