I repeat this quote to myself when I am considering sabotaging my entire day of eating because I had something unhealthy to eat. It’s like, well, I ate poorly for lunch, so I might as well have a free for all and just get started on my diet tomorrow.
You know what I’m talking about. Tomorrow is that magical place where our big ambitions go to die if we buy into our own rationalizations of nonsense.
It is easy to feel defeated after a setback. We are imperfect and we are going to make decisions that don’t align with our goals all the time. And guess what? That’s okay.
When you feel like giving up because you’ve encountered a setback, remember that all this is, is really one setback. It doesn’t mean everything is ruined or over. Try not to fall into the trap of catastrophizing what has happened.
Ask yourself if you got one flat tire, if you would just say the hell with it and slash the three remaining perfectly functional tires? Of course you wouldn’t. So why would you give up on your goal because of one flat tire? You’d put the spare on it, drive it to the mechanic and get it replaced. And then you would be back on your way.
Remember that achieving our goals is about progress not perfection. It is impossible to be perfect every time. When you have a setback, dust yourself off and just keep going.