Like a Samsung Galaxy Note 7, sometimes the best intended revisions and newest versions of ourselves can hit a small snag. While our best laid plans don’t always explode in spectacular fashion, snags, derailments, bumps in the road, etc., are all an inevitable part of life, as — trust me on this one — few things go entirely according to plan.
So, what can you do when your train of health and happiness derails?
Start by setting your expectations to “human” rather than “perfect robot.” If your plan is to exercise, build in a day off to rest, recover, and get ready for more. If you are looking to eat more healthily, anticipate that sometimes the desire for ice cream with your nephews will be stronger than you can resist. Accept and love yourself in these moments of humanity.
Next, build in moments of celebration. Take the little things and turn them into the successes they are! No one writes headlines about all of the Samsung devices that didn’t explode, but imagine how positive that would be. Acknowledge all of the changes you are making, both big and small, and how well you are doing developing this latest, greatest version of yourself. Support yourself along the way with positive thoughts and messages to help you stay on track, and don’t be afraid to ask for encouragement from friends and family.
Remind yourself of why you are making the changes in the first place. Keep inspirational quotes or pictures in key places where you will see them. They can help you in those moments when you just need a little extra help getting over the hump, or when you need to pick up all of the pieces and get back on track. Pick an item you see often — a ring, a watch, a keychain — and use it to remind yourself to pause, breathe, and recalibrate.
Most importantly, throw out the notion that you need to wait until everything is perfect and calm before you can make a change. Life is a glorious and unpredictable roller coaster ride and if you wait for extended calm and tranquility, you will wait your whole life before honoring yourself with the changes your heart desires.
You, my friend, are worth more than that!