When things get in our way, it’s difficult to not get frustrated.
But to get to our final destination, we must hang on.
They say that success and failure are down the same path. You just need to keep going without giving up to get past the failures and to the success. And that can be hard.
I’m not here to tell you it’ll be easy. It won’t be. But it is possible to stick on that path, as long as you don’t give up.
It is important to determine what is a “mistake” to you.
Everyone’s definition is going to be different. And by that logic, you also have to determine what a “success” is for you. What are you going to celebrate along the way?
Eating healthy, getting enough exercise, making time for you… it can feel impossible to juggle it all during the holidays especially with all of the other things on your to-do list.
But granting yourself some grace to go with the flow and not be perfect will make the journey a million times more successful and enjoyable.
Have a bad day of binging and not meeting your goals?
Great. You’ve proven you’re a human. Move on and don’t stress about it. It’s one day. Just don’t get into the mindset of “I messed up yesterday so there’s no point in me trying today.” That snowballs quickly and before you know it it’s February and it’s like you never started in the first place.
Though, know if that happens, there is nothing wrong with it. You might not be meeting your goals but you still shouldn’t feel terrible about yourself. There are a lot of things bigger than willpower at work here and they’re not easy to overcome.
Top 5 Tips for Staying On Track During the Holidays
1. Just go with it. If today’s not the day to eat only kale, it simply isn’t. And that’s okay. This is a time to celebrate and sometimes nourishing our soul with that 2nd sugar cookie is necessary.
2. If you do “make a mistake,” don’t dwell on it. Acknowledge it and move on. Try repeating this affirmation to yourself: “I am human. I am not perfect. Despite the mistake I made, I deeply and completely love and respect myself. I will move on from this and continue rocking my journey.”
3. Hydrate. Sometimes all we need to really get our mind off of the treat is more water.
4. Know that there will likely be some people who don’t support you. And that’s okay too. It doesn’t mean they don’t like you or don’t want to see you succeed. It may just mean that they’re afraid of starting to take their own journey and are jealous of yours or that they simply don’t understand why anyone would want to give up sugar cookies for the holidays.
5. Try to stay positive! Yes, for a lot of people this is a very negative time of year with a lot of depressing thoughts. But the truth is that what you think multiplies. And so if you’re focusing on the negative, you’ll feel more negativity. Celebrate the good in your life and you’ll start to feel a renewed sense of positivity. (And when all else fails, practice gratitude!)
As we go through this holiday season, just think of all the wonderful people and all the blessings around you. Stay positive and enjoy the time to the fullest.