Health: Are You Focused on Failure?

You may have had great plans for making sweeping changes to your health this year. January 1st is usually that supposedly magical day when we get the clean slate and can change those habits that are no longer serving us. But more likely than not, most people, maybe even you, have already abandoned all your enthusiastic plans for making changes by now. Unfortunately most people make a couple of mistakes. They try to change everything all at once or they make the change too big or overwhelming. They may be able to sustain the changes for a few days or even weeks but eventually life takes over and they default to their old habits.

They feel like colossal failures – yet again – and just figure they will never be able to lose weight, or clean up their diet, or lower their blood sugar or cholesterol. So why bother? I wanted to suggest you change how you are looking at this, if this has been your experience.

First I recommend that you only choose one thing at a time to change and break that down into small, gradual, incremental steps. I call it taking baby steps. But what I really wanted to highlight to you today is this: you are human, life happens and you will most likely slip up. No matter how simple the change, it takes time to get it to become automatic and part of your lifestyle. So my first suggestion is, when it happens, just forgive yourself and move on! Being consistent is what makes the difference and slipping up one day and then getting right back to your new habit is what will keep the progress going in the right direction. So cut yourself some slack.

The second thing I want to stress to you is to focus on what you are doing right and the successes you are enjoying, no matter how small they are! Maybe you wanted to lose 5 lbs over the course of two or three weeks but you slipped up and ended up losing only one. I urge you to celebrate that you still lost one pound and continued moving the the right direction. That may seem silly but you will be reaping incredible benefits. According to neuroplasticity studies, simply by keeping our focus to what is going well, rather than dwelling on what’s not, helps our mental health and mood, but also improves our physical health! A win-win! And isn’t that the bottom line regardless of the change you are trying to make?

Do you tend to focus on what you are doing wrong rather than the many things you have been successful at?

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6 Responses to Health: Are You Focused on Failure?

  1. Ranjana says:

    It is difficult to keep up to our New Year resolutions. We may have big or small goals and we may achieve just one goal by the end of the year. But you are right about that we are humans and it’s okay to lag behind in few goals. Stressing over not being able to complete something just take the fun and learning out of the complete goal setting thing.

  2. JD Wininger says:

    Two of my favorite lessons from my adopted dad came to mind as I read your post this morning Ms. Ann. “Failing to plan means you are planning to fail.” The other, and one I cherish, because he shared it with me when I came to him completely overwhelmed and had “analysis paralysis”; he asked me, “How do you eat an elephant?” I, of course asked him if he had just lost his mind, or if he even heard me (remember, when we were 16, most were certain our parents were imbeciles), He asked again, and I couldn’t begin to give an answer. As I stood there stupified, he smiled, and said, “One bite at a time Jim. No matter how big the task is in front of you, you handle it by taking one bite at a time.” 🙂

    • amusico says:

      That is definitely one to cherish and he was a wise man. Yes at 16 parents seem ancient and beyond stupid and with age and
      experience we realize just how wise they were. Thank you for sharing that lovely story.

  3. Holly Scherer says:

    YES! Yes, I do. Dang negativity bias. That’s why I try to build things into my day to help me adjust my thinking. But to be honest, it took a bit of a negative turn the last couple of years. We just got back from an extended trip down south and that was exactly what I needed to reset my mindset. Great tips as always, Ann.

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