We’ve all been there. You diet like a champ for two weeks and then break your momentum with a three-day binge. You set yourself workout goals, hit the gym twice, and then can’t motivate yourself to get off the couch after a long day at work.
You set yourself a career goal, get excited about the next step, and then get dragged down in basic tasks and responsibilities, returning to your dream months later.
Maybe you have a great life, but you keep making bad decisions, like speeding, fighting with family, or butting heads with your boss.
The first step is to remember that these small hiccups don’t mean you’re useless, or you’re a failure, they simply mean that you’re human. Even the most successful people in the world fail to meet their goals or have bad habits as well. What separates these people from everyone else isn’t their motivation or willpower, it’s simply their ability to move on from their mistakes and get back on the right track quickly.
Here are 3 ways you can get your life back on track:
Tackle your problems
For most of us, it’s easy to bury our heads in the sand when we have something we’d prefer not to face. But often, when we tackle our problems, we find that they’re not as large as we thought they were, and we feel hugely relieved when we’ve taken that first step.
This could mean talking to traffic lawyers about your options after you’ve been caught doing something silly. It could mean telling your partner exactly what you’re feeling and why you’ve been behaving out of character. Or it could mean cutting toxic people out of your life. Procrastinating simply leaves you in the same place as you were in the beginning, but you’ve missed out on all the fun stuff and the good feelings you could have had in that time in between.
It’s hard to meet your goals when you’re not completely sure what they are. Ambiguity, after all, is the biggest enemy of change. For example, it’s not enough to say “I want to begin working out again.” Instead, your rational mind will be thinking about all the different ways you can do that. And these options can be paralysing.
Instead, say something like “I will begin my workout routine again by hitting the gym on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.”
When you share your commitments and goals with others, you’re more likely to actually follow through. This is particularly helpful if that person has similar goals for work or exercising. If you go to the gym with a partner, you’ll be able to motivate each other even when you don’t really feel like going. If you’re both working to start your own business or side hustle, you can have work sessions together or weekly checkins to keep each other accountable.