If you had a bad day, week, or month, you haven’t failed.
I heard @syattfitness talking about this on his stories recently, and it really stood out to me. It doesn’t matter how badly you think you screwed up. As long as you get back on track, you literally cannot screw up.
Sure, you can slow your progress. But there’s no finish line here. If you get back on track, you’re moving towards your goals, no matter how far you think you are.
Too often we set these incredibly strict and unrealistic goals for ourselves. We want to lose 20 pounds before summer, and if we don’t, we feel like failures.
What if you lose 10 pounds? Maybe it’s not the goal you set out for, but you’re still moving in the right direction. Keep going. You’re not suddenly finished just because you set an arbitrary deadline for yourself! Keep going.
This whole “health” thing is a life-long journey. You’ve heard the phrase “it’s a marathon, not a sprint” but that still implies that there’s a finish line. There’s not. It’s not a marathon, it’s a never-ending journey. It’s an adventure.
You can fall down. You can take a detour. You can even walk backwards. But if you get back on track and start moving forwards again, you’re right where you need to be.
You didn’t screw up because you ate like shit today. It happens. Just get back on track tomorrow.
You can’t screw this up.