7 Steps to Getting Back on The Horse After Falling Off

You’ve screwed up. Maybe you’ve been trying for a while now to break that bad habit and thought you were making some progress. But now after the weekend from hell, you’re off track and maybe even worse off than before. 

Now what?

You keep going. Only this time, you’re going to build in some good habits as you take on solving the bad. How? By following these seven simple steps.

  1. Try scheduling yourself. If your goal is to exercise, you should decide on specific days to visit the gym and put them on the calendar. If you know that afternoons are when you typically reach for that unhealthy snack, try setting a reminder on your phone to encourage you to grab something else. Even things that don’t have specific dates or times attached can be ‘scheduled’ with certain triggers. For example, every time you’re in an elevator think about something positive.

  1. Don’t be deterred by minor setbacks. Having trouble fitting in that whole workout? Then grab a handful of crunches. Weren’t you able to take that long walk after dinner? At least get outside for a few minutes. Honoring the intent behind the action will go a long way toward keeping you in the mindset of the habit you’re trying to create. 

  1. Get a buddy. Someone that will make you accountable to at least try can help you keep on track just by being there.

  1. What do you have? If you got off track for financial reasons, instead of making excuses, get creative. Maybe you can’t afford a gym membership, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go out and take a walk. Don’t let the details set you back. You don’t have to do things perfectly. The goal in creating new habits is to do new more positive things. That’s it.

  1. Don’t be a perfectionist. OK, so you ate well all week, and then totally binged when you went out for pizza and beer with your friends. First, accept that the occasional splurge isn’t going to hurt anything. Also realize that in getting hung up over your failure, you’re negating all those days where you got it right. Allow yourself to screw up.

  1. Fix your surroundings. Remember, people will do what’s easiest over what’s hard. So if you’re wanting to eat better but have a plate of cookies on the counter, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Put away the things that make it easy to do bad things, and bring out the things that make it easy to do good things. 

  1. Check your attitude. Why did you screw up? Do you care about the change you’re trying to create or is this something you think you ‘should’ do? If you don’t care, maybe it’s not something that you need to change.

It’s not hard to get back on track after a disaster. Stay strong and stay focused and you’ll get there in no time!

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