On Day 18 of the “Habit Change Challenge”, life got in the way. I decided to stay up late playing “Ping Pong” with a couple of friends. When I got home, my youngest child kept me awake the remainder of the night and early morning since he had difficulty sleeping. I chose to sleep next to him so he would feel more comfortable and sleep better. Since I did not get much sleep, most of the night, I decided to sleep in to 7 AM. Therefore, I did not exercise or meditate in the morning. In the evening, my wife and I had a birthday party to go to after work. When we got home, I feel asleep with my youngest when I put him to sleep. So, I on this day I strayed from the habits of logging my gratitude, successes, meditating and exercising.
I almost made it! I hope that if you took up this challenge that you are still going. If this is a competition, I hope that you beat me.
I am not a victim of certain circumstances. I made decisions about life priorities that allowed my new habits to fall into the background. I chose to spend time with people that I do not see as much and I had a lot of fun doing so. I had a great time playing games with my friends and going to an adult birthday party without my kids. I choose to prioritize sleep over my target habits. The sleep that I got felt good! I do not feel badly about the choices that I made these last few days.
I am “jumping back on the horse”. I am not giving up on my new habits. I am starting over with the resolve of going another 21 days of being consistent exercising, meditating, listening or reading affirmations and logging my successes & gratitude. I have made progress and I choose to reflect on my “setback” as “feedback” instead of “failure”.
From this setback, I had a few thoughts about “falling off the horse”:
- 1) Get back on the habit as soon as possible!
- 2) Look at the larger goal of what you want to change
- 3) View the break of habit as a “blip on the screen” and start over
- 4) Commit to the new habit “one day at a time”
- 5) Avoid letting the exception become the rule! If you break a rule once, do not think that it is OK to do it again since you are already “off track”.
- 6) Focus on how awesome it feels to keep moving forward towards you goals instead of any possible shame of making a “mistake”
- 7) Analyze what happened that lead to you getting off track and use that feedback to get back on track
- 8) Forgive yourself!
Remember, the ultimate goal is to appreciate all the good that is a part of your life and make choices that bring more opportunities to appreciate what you have. Have fun with your own adventure!