I wanted to start my day with a positive thought of gratitude and purchased the Affirmators! 50 Affirmation Cards to Help You Help Yourself – without the Self-Helpy-Ness! . This was a great way for me to provoke a positive internal conversation. The recent decision in transitioning to intuitive eating (discussed in the 3rd EP of Episode of “In My Skin”) was perfectly supported by the first card. As I soaked in the message of this card, I thought about my past accomplishments and the meaning of perseverance.
Three tips that I’ve followed to persevere in Fitness and in Life!
It can be extremely difficult to stay optimistic at times. If fact, it can feel nearly impossible to not want to throw in the towel and give up and there is nothing wrong with that. But it is important to circle back to the goal, get back on your positive path and keep pushing forward. This could be spending the time to yourself and journaling, going for a walk on your favorite trail or talking with your biggest cheerleader to help you put things into perspective. Either way, you may end a day in a bad mood but find a way that works for you to start the new day funky fresh dressed to impress and ready to party!
Embrace the “Fails”
In a moment of “failure” or what we consider to be a failure, we assume that this is the end all be all, but it’s not. It’s not a fail, it’s a setback. A setback isn’t there to ruin yourself esteem and give you the opportunity to beat yourself up. A setback creates the opportunity to analyze your plan, reassess your goals and create a different plan. After you get over the disappointment of your setback, find the lesson and use it to propel you forward.
Stop and Smell the Roses
It’s extremely easy to get caught up in your setbacks and the plan. Everything about this can consume you and you are determined to make shit happen! And while this is great, don’t forget to stop and smell and the roses! Take a look around you and celebrate all the small victories you have accomplished. Reflect back to when you first started on the fitness journey and compare that to where you are now. Are you 10lbs lighter? Are you curling 20lbs instead of the 10bs you started with? Have you cut back on the sugar? You may not be where you want to be but these are major milestones to celebrate. So while you focus on the path to success, don’t forget to stop and smell the roses no matter how small they are!
“It seems you’re on a massive journey right now…the mountain you are climbing is huge and formidable, but so is your ability to climb it.”
Complain all you want, get back on your path and find those moments where you can enjoy the ride. The path won’t always be bumpy but you won’t know that if you quit. So Persevere my friends, you’re almost there!
If you liked this article, check out You Don’t Get to Quit and 4 Ways To Stay Motivated When the Scale Stops Moving.
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