She sighed and stepped off the scale.
“I only lost three pounds,” she muttered.
“Three pounds?” I said excitedly. “Why do you sound so disappointed? That’s GREAT!”
Unfortunately, my client did not think so. She had set an aggressive of losing 10 pounds for the month.
Well, the month was almost over and she wasn’t even halfway to her goal.
But, the previous month, she hadn’t lost any weight. She had actually gained a couple pounds.
Instead of being excited about moving forward, she was upset about not moving quickly enough.
Many of us share this similar story.
We move in a cycle of disappointment —> set ambitious goal —> fall short of ambitious goal —> backtrack —> disappointment.
Can you repeat something after me?
“I am not a robot.”
……. your turn….. *listening*
Did you say it?
Now, internalize that.
You CANNOT program yourself to be perfect and do everything “the right way.”
You CANNOT control life and other factors that may get in the way of your progress.
But your progress, no matter how small, deserves to be acknowledged and celebrated.
And you need to build on that.
Stop selling yourself short because you wanted perfection and only got 70%.
Stop falling backwards because you didn’t accomplish that other 30%.
Build on the 70% and keep moving forward.
This week, can we break the cycle?
Can we move beyond our disappointments and perceived failures and make some actual, long-lasting progress?
Honor yourself and your efforts.
You are not perfect and the journey will not be either.
Make it a great week!