“Too often we fall into an all or nothing cycle with our habits. The problem is not slipping up the problem is thinking that if you can’t do something perfectly, then you shouldn’t do it at all.
You don’t realize how valuable it is to just show up on your bad (or busy) day. Lost days hurt you more than successful days help you. If you start with $100, then a 50 percent gain will take you to $150. But you only need a 33% loss to take you back to $100. In other words, avoiding a 33 percent loss is just as valuable as achieving a 50% gain” – James Clear
Too easily we think just because things aren’t off to a great start, we should continue down that road. Our morning was rushed and instead of the veggie omelet, we ordered a chocolate chip muffin in the drive-through, so automatically we think:
“Might as well throw in the towel for the day and start fresh tomorrow… pizza for lunch it is”
Or maybe you missed yesterday’s gym session because of the hectic day at work and getting home late and today is just as busy. You make the excuse that you’ll be back at the gym by the end of the week.
“The first mistake is never the one that ruins you. It is the spiral of repeated mistakes that follows. Missing once is an accident. Missing twice is the start of a new habit.” James Clear
The key here is showing up on the bad days. Making a commitment to yourself to turn your day around and continuing to strive towards the person you want to be. Small steps are still steps forward.
Next time you are forced to skip breakfast or cave on a craving, just dust yourself off and commit to correcting the mistake on your next nutritious decision.