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How To Get Back On Track - Darius Foroux

Dwight Eisenhower
“Plans are nothing; planning is everything.”

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Dwight Eisenhower

Dwight Eisenhower

“Plans are nothing; planning is everything.”

Woody Allen

Woody Allen

“Eighty percent of success is showing up.”

Don’t Resist

When everything is going right, you’re going with the flow. When everything is not going right, you’re trying to go against it.

So instead of feeling frustrated, choose to take it easy. Have that ice cream. Sleep in. Don’t work out.  Eventually, you’ll want to get back to your productive routines.

Recreate The Past

Think of a moment you were in a powerful state of mind. A time when everything went well. Try to be very specific and to remember everything in detail.

You have the power to control your mind. If you do that several times a day, you will notice that you start feeling that way again.

Focus On Effort, Not Results

Winning is a habit. And you win by focusing on your effort.

It's easy to focus on results when you're in a rut. For example, maybe you gained some weight during a vacation. To get back on track, focus on your effort. The results will follow.

Plan Your Days Meticulously

When you plan your days, you know what you have to do:

  1. Look at your goals (if you don’t have goals, consider making a list)
  2. Think about what daily activities you have to do to achieve them
  3. Schedule those activities on your calendar
  4. Also schedule time for family, friends, relaxation, reading, etc.

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Being too tired

There are two different types of feeling tired.

  1. The feeling you have as you're about to start an activity. Once you actually do it, your mood changes and you find you're glad you did it.
  2. The second kind persists throughout the activity itself. You find you struggle with pushing through more than five minutes of it. If you feel like this for weeks at a time, your habits are probably unsustainable.

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Set priorities

Instead of browsing social media, use that time to exercise or do something that actually helps you.

Set your priorities and the time for them. Once scheduled, they will become second nature....

It doesn’t take that long

Once you decide what you want to do, it takes little time to do it. For exercise, fifteen minutes is all it takes to get your heart pumping, and you're done for the day.

Sharing too soon

Even though you want to share with the world that you've gone to the gym or started a diet, don't share your progress until you've done it for three or six months. It will keep you going for longer and make you consistent. 

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Benefits of a journal
  • When you keep a journal, you can look back on important life events to read about how you felt at the time. You may also be able to learn from these past experiences.
  • Writing about traumatic events results in physical and psychological health benefits. Journaling focuses on understanding traumatic events and makes people see these events with an extra level of clarity.
Schedule journaling time

Start your daily journal off on the right foot by scheduling your writing for a set time every day.

  • If you find your mind is most active in the morning, wake up 15 to 20 minutes earlier and jot down your thoughts then.
  • If you prefer to record everything after the day is over, then make it an evening activity before you go to bed.

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