You know the drill, you’re on track, eating well and training hard. You’re making positive changes, and you are starting to notice the results. So far so good!
Then something comes up, a party, works drinks, or you have a crazy moment when you end up neck deep in a bucket of ice cream!
One treat leads to another, which leads to a total cheat weekend. For some it doesn’t stop there, it can go on for weeks & even months before they start another programme.
But what if it didn’t have to be this way? What if, every time you made a mistake, you could nip it in the bud, learn from it, and make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Because let’s face it, you will mistakes. No matter how well you plan your workouts and prep on a Sunday, there will be times when you trip up.
I have used this strategy with my personal clients and online programmes for the past few years. It’s so simply, but if you use it immediately after your mistake it works wonders.
Let me explain it to you.
Every time you make a mistake, I want you ask yourself the following 3 questions. You must write your answers down on paper, get off your phone and put pen to paper.
This helps on a few levels, which I will explain in detail now.
Firstly, even by stopping to ask yourself these questions you are putting yourself in a position where you can’t lie or talk yourself around. I’ve said before in previous blogs that I think humans are amazing at telling ourselves the stories we want to hear. I’ve come across some serious cases of bending the truth when it comes to your diet.
You’re not only asking what went wrong, but then, what can you learn about it, and then your planning what you’re going to do about it. This gives you a chance to build a strategy around actual problems your facing in your life right now.
It’s important to predict what may trip you up in the future, but also to realise the issues that you’re struggling with on a day to day basis.
It’s our day to day decisions & habits that are the foundations for our success of failure. Pay attention to every detail of your day, and how you can manipulate it for your progression.
If you do it once it’s a mistake, if you do it twice it’s a choice. Learn from your mistakes and learn from each and every one.