So today, tell me if this sounds familiar?
A couple of days before the new year, you were totally pumped up to achieve your goal. You were excited and couldn’t wait to start 2016 so you could finally achieve the goal you so desperately wanted. Maybe you bought a gym membership, or a new juicer? Maybe you cleared out your spare room so you had space to do some yoga and meditation? Maybe you threw out that last packet of cigarettes you had so you wouldn’t be tempted.
Day one – fired up ready to go!
You have your lunchboxes all full of healthy food as you head to work. Maybe you even cycle to work! You get to work, smug in the knowledge that you got this!
Day two – whoops slept in late!
Okay so you slept in late this morning and it’s raining. No time to make your lunch. You’ll grab a salad in the local deli. On the bus you realise you forgot your runners so no popping to the gym after work. You get the salad in the deli – some limp lettuce leaves with rubber chicken. You spend the day eyeing up work’s vending machine but you stay firm and stick with your salad.
Day three – this is hard!
Weather is miserable. You cycled in but now you are sitting in wet clothes at your desk. You open your bag only to find the butternut squash soup you slaved over making last night as spilt all over your gym clothes. Amy from accounts comes by your office, they just found a box of chocolates unopened from Christmas. She’s just going to leave it on your desk so the office can share. With your wet clothes and ruined lunch, by 11am you’ve amassed a sizable about of sweet wrappers beside you. Ugh! You’ve fallen off the bandwagon. Ugh, once again you’ve failed. Why did you think this time would be any different?
Day 3 is often the hardest day when you start a new habit. Initial enthusiasm has waned but it’s too early to be motivated by results. Day 3 is often the day that most people call it quits on a new habit or lifestyle change.
Yesterday your challenge was to make a plan. Did you stick to it? Maybe you went completely off plan. That’s okay. Before you go to bed tonight, write out a new plan for tomorrow. Even if today was a complete disaster, don’t stress out over it or give up. Instead just look forward to tomorrow only. Why did today not go to plan? What happened that shook your resolve. Can you do something about this issue? Break down everything that didn’t right today and put the solutions into tomorrow’s plan.
Tomorrow is the only thing between you and your goal. Try and get tomorrow on track and you’re a step closer to your goal.
If you missed yesterday’s challenge, be sure to click here!