Here are some of the things I learned about how to be kind and then start over again to achieve your goals. This advice applies to many different situations in life, from the principles of resilience to business goals in raising children. Contemplate this notion as you interact with your peers.
- Leave the past behind.
For some, it may be a compelling reason to be angry with yourself for failing. For some, that may have a opposite effect. In any case, it is important not to dwell on your mistakes. Think about what you want to achieve today and work on the goals to achieve those goals.
- Take that first step, step by step.
I knew that since I had only a few weeks to exercise under the belt, it would not be wise to go into a vigorous exercise program. So I started with one that only takes 25 minutes a day; it does not make me so tired and in pain that I cannot continue. And while it puts me back in shape, it also creates a daily routine that will help me succeed in a more dynamic plan in the future.
Consider how this same principle applies in other areas of life. Want to read a book a week? Start by trying to read a book a month. Or start with a short letter. Looking for healthy food? Instead of eating only salads every week, eat one salad a day, or a dessert with an apple. Do a little something that makes the momentum go right.
- Find people who can help you answer.
Accountability is always important but especially when everyone is physically far away. It is all too easy to slip into a trance of immoral fantasies. So it helps to reach out to someone close to you, share your problems and goals, and help each other build and stick to new, better habits.
I know I never started exercising and even said something to my community group about how I wanted to do it. I’ve been thinking about it for weeks, but it wasn’t until I had someone who encouraged me, who offered to join, and who made me feel like I wasn’t alone, where I volunteered to do it.
- Take one day at a time.
It only takes one day to start a new line. You cannot work for 30 consecutive days on a Monday. You can work that Monday and repeat on Tuesday. But not all is possible at once. All it takes is a dedication to make today a reality when you take a direct step. It doesn’t matter what happened yesterday, and you can’t do anything about the future yet; all you can do is make today’s decisions.
So whatever you want to start doing, don’t get lost in the thought of how long it will take or how hard it will be, just think what it will take to do today.
These are strange times, and none of us know exactly what we are doing or how. So excuse yourself for bad habits you may have started or mistakes you may have made in adapting to your new routine, and look forward to replacing it. A bright future begins with good decisions today.
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