One of the biggest keys to success in keeping your New Year’s resolutions is to understand you will fall off the wagon once or twice, maybe even a few times. To be realistically dedicated to your goals, you have to expect failure. Change is hard. If it were easy, everyone would be millionaires with perfect jobs, perfect bodies, and perfect lives. If you go into your goals knowing they will be difficult, knowing you’ll skin your knees a few times in the process of achieving them, it will be much easier to stick with the process.
Some might argue I’m giving you a sense of negativity here, but I’m not. Preparing for failure doesn’t mean being complacent in the idea of failure. You should hate failing. It should make you mad. And it should make you want to pursue your goals even more diligently. But preparing for it, talking about it openly, and knowing what it may look like for you are all reasons to keep you going in the long run.
I can certainly speak to the idea of failure in a weight loss journey. There are days that those frosted cookies just look too good to pass up. And there are weeks when you feel like you couldn’t eat another damn vegetable if you tried. These are the days I fail in my journey. These are the days I forget my goals. But the key isn’t in the failure, the key is in the rebound. People who lose sight of their goals have the mentality, “Well, I already failed, might as well continue to fail.” However, those who prepare themselves for failure, know it’s bound to happen at some time, will bounce back quickly, knowing that one day or one week does not damage a year of progress to your goals.
Expecting perfection is the shortest route to giving up. Set realistic expectations for yourself and know that you will fall down. Get back up, ust yourself off, and move forward. Even falling is a forward motion. Remember that, prepare for it, and you will get to your goals!