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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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In practice, adding too many suggestions for living well will create a conflict with each other. 

Suggestions are almost always given on their own, without including a wider context. You can read about why exercise, reading or meditating are good on their own, but rarely find information about how they trade-off against each other.

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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Failure Is Inevitable

Most of us fail in our endeavors at some point in our lives, whether it's a New Year's resolution or a health goal you are working on. These setbacks make us human, not a failure.

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Schedule Your Habits

Schedule your habits by giving them a specific space in your daily waking hours. You can put it in your calendar, or link it to your current behavior patterns. 

Create a system around your existing life to incorporate the new habit.

Stick to Your Schedule

Even doing something small towards your goal can help build a daily routine.

Example: Instead of skipping the morning jog entirely due to lack of time, one can jog for a few minutes.

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