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How to Get Back on Track: 7 Ways to Bounce Back After Slipping Up

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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How to Get Back on Track: 7 Ways to Bounce Back After Slipping Up

How to Get Back on Track: 7 Ways to Bounce Back After Slipping Up

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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.

Our willpower and motivation are not what makes us succeed, but our dusting ourselves up and getting back in the game.

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.

A Familiar Face

Having a person overlooking you and noting your progress, like a friend, teammate or coach can work wonders on your daily motivation.

Having a familiar face around you can be reason enough to show up daily.

What You Can Control

Focusing on what we have, what the positive side is, and what opportunity arises out of the current situation, is the answer to sticking with our goals.

Instead of excuses, one can find ways to progress, maybe taking a different approach.

Something is Better Than Nothing

Less than perfect is still beneficial. Something is better than nothing.

90 % of our results will hinge on us sticking to the fundamentals.

Design Your Surroundings

We normally think we need more motivation and willpower to succeed. But motivation is inconsistent and fickle, and you cannot rely on it daily. You would need to hack your environment, and design the surroundings around you to facilitate progress towards the goals.

Example: If your goal is to floss every night, keeping it near your toothbrush helps you do it more than just deciding to do it.

Care For Your Goals

If the habits that you are trying to inculcate in you are dear to you, you won't need much motivation or willpower.

Setting goals related to what we care for provides us with the best use of our limited energy and it gives us a bigger probability to succeed.

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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.

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Avoid the "all or nothing" mindset

Exercise doesn't have to be complicated. Doing something is better than doing nothing. Don't let optimal be the enemy of good enough. Do what you can do consistently and worry about o...

Wellness is a personal science

Accept advice, but remember you're in this for you—no one else, and you're the only one who'll know what really works. Having an abundance of options isn't a bad thing, but remember who you're in this for.

Whatever you do, enjoy it

Choose something rewarding enough to make you feel good about doing it. If you're having a good time, mistakes feel like learning experiences and challenges to be overcome, not throw-up-your-hands-and-give-up moments.

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Focus On Keystone Habits

Keystone habits lead to the development of multiple good habits. 

Exercise is a good example of this. Once you start to change your exercise habits, it sets off a chain reaction t...

Use “Minimum Viable Effort”

Focus on baby steps. The key to new good habits is to do the minimum and be consistent.

Do not be ambitious at the beginning. That leads to failure. Consistency is what you’re shooting for, so make the hurdle as low as possible.

Make A Plan

Thinking about the details makes you more likely to follow through. 

Just writing down your plan also makes a big difference in effectively committing to your goals.

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