It happens to all of us at times. We set goals, visualize the positive outcomes, put in the work, and still-- we fall short, stress the heck out of ourselves, and think we've failed.
Am I talking about the fluctuating numbers on the scale? The run that wasn't taken? The conversation that didn't go according to plan? The piano that wasn't practiced?
It’s often because we don’t allow ourselves to be bad at it at first. We fail a few times and then decide to give up. But adopting any new habit is going to feel clunky at first. The key to taking on something new is to get more comfortable with failure. Here’s how.
Start by immunizing yourself against big letdowns by trying out experiments that allow you to fail in tiny ways. For example, if your goal is to write every day, start by committing to one short paragraph each morning. If you don't like what you write, no big deal! It's just a paragraph. Write another one tomorrow.
Next, make your goal known to others before your self-doubt creeps in and you chicken out. This layer of accountability will help you actually follow through on your goal — no matter how bad you are at it the first time.
And finally, keep a log of your efforts. Over time you’ll notice how far you’ve come. Rather than focusing on the small, inevitable failures, you can appreciate your overall progress.
Then there's the matter of performance-- particularly athletic performance.
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Return focus back from distraction
Don't you wish you could tap the focus button on your life as easily as you do on your phone when snapping a photo? Sometimes creating the atmosphere helps. Our friends at doTerra have some great suggestions and essential oils to help: If possible, choose one room or location to do your work in. At least fifteen minutes before you begin, create a focused environment by diffusing the following essential oils by themselves, or in a blend:
Basil oil: Perfect for those that need mental clarity, Basil is great on its own or when diffused with Peppermint or Cedarwood.
Douglas Fir oil: Like the deep and grounded roots of a fir tree, the aroma of Douglas Fir gives you a sense of focus. It can also help you change your mood if you need a more positive outlook.
Eucalyptus oil: Clear the mind and chase away tense feelings by putting a few drops of Eucalyptus into your diffuser.
Spearmint oil: Something about mint oils just invigorates the mind. The aroma of Spearmint stimulates a sense of focus and, like Douglas Fir, uplifts your mood.
They also have these brain-boosting ideas including walking, staying hydrated, meditating, and shifting your gaze.
Building new habits can be challenging, but oh so rewarding. Billieve (yes, we are fervent Billievers), surround yourself with people who support you (Advanced Integrative Care is on your side and ready to help) and take it one step at a time.