How many times do you look back at your day and think, “I should have eaten better” or “I should have worked out!” Then, when a friend or loved one tries to give you some advice, you respond with defensiveness and feel belittled. You think to yourself, “I know what is recommended” or “I know what I SHOULD do”.
That is the TRUTH right there! We all know what we are supposed to do: floss, do 30 minutes of activity, drink 8 glasses of water a day….the list just grows and grows. We know what we need to do and we pretty much know how to do it, we just need encouragement and once in a while a reminder to practice what we KNOW. (wink, wink)
The last thing you need to do is to beat yourself up for not accomplishing your goal for the day/week/month. That negativity can hold you back from success. It’s one thing when someone tells you that you’ll never accomplish your goals. Most of the time that will actually light a fire under your bum and get you moving harder out of spite (the “I’ll show you!” attitude). It’s another thing when you are filled with self doubt; that’s the real goal killer….”I can’t”, “I won’t”, or “I’ll never”.
Three Tips to Practice what you KNOW and trust in yourself!
- Be nice to yourself! If you screw up or go on a binge, it’s o.k. “Because I’m weak” will only beget weakness. Self understanding of our body and consciousness is key to breaking through the self-doubt bubble.
- Move on! Living in the past and holding on to your mistake will only make you live that mistake again. Concentrate on what you can control: the present! You CAN control how you react to a situation or what kind of fuel you put into your body at this given moment. That is the whole idea of the “Power of Now”, (thanks, Eckhart Tolle). If you are still holding on to a past mistake, you are not reacting to the current situation clearly because your energy is still in the past.
- Realize that you are a work in progress. One of my favorite quotes is from Tony Horton, creator of P90X, “Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is your body!” The same runs true in all aspects of health.
Finding what lifestyle, diet, and even career that works for you takes time and some experimentation before you get your groove. Even after that, you will continue to adapt and change, especially if you are a child of routine like I am; but change is good. It keeps us growing and real growth takes time and patience.