Picture this scenario.
You’ve been on a quest to eat healthy for the past few weeks. It’s been tough but you are making small changes and seeing steady results. But then, it’s Friday and someone brings in donuts and you can’t help yourself and eat two of them.
“What’s the point?!” you’re thinking. “I suck at this! I just can’t do this anymore.”
Now picture this.
You are driving down the freeway and you get a flat tire.
Now you’re going to be late! “What’s the point?!” you’re thinking. “I just can’t do this anymore. I’m never driving again!”
Um…what? Sounds ridiculous right?
But, here’s the thing. It’s no different than that first scenario. Someone brought in donuts and you couldn’t help yourself. Sure, you may believe that because it was in your control….it’s your fault. On the other hand, the flat tire wasn’t.
But what if that’s not quite true? There are other factors involved. You could have been really hungry on that day. Or tired. Or the office was celebrating something special and bringing in donuts is the tradition!
Or …and hear me out for a second….
You wanted to have a donut!!!! And it was damn delicious!
Why should that mean giving up altogether?
For times like these, here’s what you should do instead.
Take a deep breath. Accept what happened. And now, create a vision for the rest of the day.
In the same way that a flat tire would not cause you to get out and puncture the rest of the tires or have you walk away deciding you will never drive again, eating a couple of donuts should not cause you to give up on your goals altogether.
Last week, I was at a graduation luncheon celebrating the Spring class of WorkFit U (a behavior change wellness program for staff at UC Berkeley for whom I am a coach).
As we were wrapping up the luncheon, the program director had a great reminder for all the athletes.
You can always do a reset. There is no incorrect time for creating a vision. As you move forward, you will hit stumbling blocks…you may fall off track…but don’t give up.
Create a new vision for that day. Decide that you’re going to make better choices for the rest of the day. And this applies whether you’ve fallen off track for an instant, an hour…a day…a week…a month…whatever! You can reset at any time.
Don’t give up. Take a deep breath. Create a new vision.
And move forward.
Pooja Dang is a Life Coach specializing in helping her clients to design and build the life they love with the help of customized coaching sessions and straight up, no nonsense advice. Are YOU ready to reinvent yourself? Let’s get started!