Hitting the wall
so you decided that you are committing to a new lifestyle. You will check your phone only at the end of every hour, you will workout 5 times a week, you will not eat after 9 pm, you will spend an hour a day with your kids etc. The first day, you did great, the second day was a bit more challenging but you push through, the third day, was not so good. You checked your phone more than you planned, you skipped one workout, you had a small snack at 10:15 pm while watching Ghost-busters, you were busy cleaning up while you were with your kids.
Are you going to see it a failure?
Are you going to disregard it and just ignore that it happened?
Are you going to give up and assume that this goal won't work for you?
Are you going to give yourself excuses?
Are you going to choose a different goal?
Or- are you going to take a step back and assess how it happened? by acknowledging the fact that you slipped and did something that didn't move you towards your goal, you are facing the truth. And the truth is that you didn't do one thing on that particular day and THAT'S IT. you are not a failure, the goal is not out of reach just because you didn't do it one time. After acknowledging the truth of what actually happened (or didn't happened) comes the second part reminding yourself WHY you chose this goal. Knowing the WHY will put you back on track. The third step is to wake up the next morning and do what needs to be done.
Forming a new habit takes months, and you are bound to have set backs during this time. The main factor that is under YOUR control is to decide how YOU will react to a set back, by giving up or finding excuses or by looking at it as a temporary set back and a chance to get better.
On the forth day - if you choose to keep going, you don't start from scratch - you already have completed two successful days, they are still yours, every step you took forward got you one step towards your goal, KEEP MARCHING!