Does it seem like every time you finally get some momentum going there’s a setback?
You get into a regular workout routine; you get sick.
You save extra money for months; an unexpected expense pops up.
The list goes on and on.
These kind of things always happen to me and I know how frustrating it can be when they do.
The problem is, that’s just the way life is. There’s no way you can avoid setbacks.
But, here are 5 surefire ways you can beat the system and turn setbacks into successes:
1. Keep a strong mental attitude
I read a quote online that I really like. It said, “Your body can do anything, it’s your mind you have to convince.” I don’t know where the quote originated from, but it really stuck with me. If you can keep in the right mental frame of mind, you really can be successful in just about anything.
When you are faced with a challenge that seems to set you back in achieving any of your goals be mindful of your attitude.
2. Don’t lose sight of goals
Last week I lost 3 pounds. I was really happy to see some progress towards my goal of losing 10 pounds. I felt great!
Then I caught a cold. Ugh! I didn’t feel like working out. I wanted comfort foods. At 10:00 pm one night I got out of bed and made myself a grilled cheese sandwich.
Talk about losing sight of my goal! Each day I got further and further off track. I didn’t care. I was sick and wanted to eat whatever I wanted.
Not keeping the proper mental attitude led to me losing sight of my goal. Losing those 10 pounds was no longer at the top of my priority list.
I started getting down on myself. I had to readjust my thinking and get back on track.
Although I was too weak to workout, I decided I could stretch everyday, do 20 squats, drink a lot of water. Little things that helped me feel successful until I could return to my regular routine.
3. Look for opportunities
Learn something from your setback and it’s no longer a setback. 🙂 It’s not always easy to do, but try not to look at challenges that come up as setbacks; consider them an opportunity to learn something that will bring you closer to your goals.
For example, while I’ve been sick this week, I’ve used the down time to research some meal plans and workout routines I can use to help get myself back on track once I am feeling better. I’ve also looked into ways to get more out of my efforts.
I found that me being down in bed gave me the opportunity to plan and re-motivate myself for next week’s workouts.
4. Focus on progress
It’s much easier to stay on track when you can see progress. Maybe you didn’t eat that healthy today, but you exercised. That’s still progress.
Give yourself the credit you deserve! Even small things can make a big difference so don’t discredit anything that is in line with you accomplishing your end goal.
Another way to focus on progress is to use the Seinfeld strategy. In general, the Seinfeld strategy is to mark a calendar in red each day you do something and try to never break the chain of days checked off for the entire year.
Visuals are great reminders of progress.
Another way to track progress is through before and after pics, using a tracking app, or even writing in a journal.
Anything that helps you look back to see where you’ve been and how far you’ve come.
Sometimes when things go wrong the best way to get through them is to just laugh. Thursday night my husband’s 20 year old Ford F150 truck (which he LOVES) broke down.
I’ve been telling him for a couple of years that he needs a new car. He was upset and worried about fixing it quickly. I was stressed thinking about how we would get everyone around to where they needed to be with just one family car. But then when I thought about it, I was actually happy it finally broke down. It was an opportunity!
I said to him, “Even your truck is telling you that it’s time for a new car!”
We both chuckled and went to the BMW dealership. He picked out a sporty, fully loaded, “almost” new car that he’s had his eye on for a few years. Yay!
At first the truck breaking down looked like a huge setback to our time and budget.
We just had to readjust our thinking to see that it was the catalyst to something different and better.
And now he’s happy too!
Setbacks will happen in life and may slow down your progress towards a goal, however, how you react to those setbacks will determine your level of success in achieving the things you want to achieve.
If you have ideas that help you overcome setbacks, please share them. I would love to hear from you!