If you’re going through a period in your life where you’re feeling lost and unproductive, then you’ve come to the right place. Here are seven practical ways to help you get back on track in your life.
Falling off track is normal, we all do it. Maybe you decided to start a new routine or a new habit, but then you gave up. Maybe you got lazy or you got busy. What matters is that you get back up and start working towards your goals.
Fall down seven times, stand up eight.
So, here are the 7 tips to help you get back on track with your life and goals.
1. Forgive Yourself For Getting Off Track
Most of the time, you make the process of getting back on track even more difficult by berating yourself for giving up. You constantly feel like a failure because you’re unable to follow through. You start pointing out your flaws and how you won’t be able to make it.
This mindset is NOT HELPING YOU AT ALL. Forgive yourself for getting off track. We’re all imperfect and it’s okay. Making mistakes is a part of the process. The real problem arises when you don’t forgive yourself for your mistakes.
If anything, identify and eliminate the sources of your laziness or lack of motivation.
2. Review Your Why
Review why you set this goal in the first place? Why does it matter to you? Why did you plan on started this new habit or routine? What do you expect out of it?
When you feel lazy or unmotivated, it’s often because you get caught up in your daily routine and lose sight of your why. Reconnect with your why to find the motivation you need to resume working on your goals.
In addition, we sometimes set our goals for the wrong reasons. For example, you want to start exercising because you despise your body. This reason may work for a while, but in the long run, you will become exhausted and give up. And then probably beat yourself up for quitting.
You must break free from this cycle. And in order to do so, you must have a compelling reason for your goals. Working out, for example, because you want to take better care of your body or because you want to feel more confident in your body. This will motivate you to keep going even when you want to give up.
Make sure you’re coming from a place of LOVE instead of HATE.
3. Start Small
You don’t have to take too much on your plate. If you want to develop better habits and routines, start with 1-2 habits, stick with them for 21 days, and then start adding new ones.
When you’re developing new habits or working toward new goals, it’s natural to get excited. You are initially motivated and have the ability to work on multiple things at the same time. But as time passes and the motivation wears off, you start feeling overwhelmed and therefore, quit. This is exactly what we don’t want.
Break your goals into smaller manageable tasks. Use this 21 days app that helps you build new habits by taking up 21 day challenges.
4. Make it Fun
It’s difficult to stay consistent if you’re not having fun while doing something. Just like the example of working out. You have to make sure that you’re coming from a positive place as you work to get your life back on track. So, it’s important to build routines that you enjoy and look forward to.
For example, if you don’t like getting up in the morning but want to create a habit, play your favorite songs or listen to podcasts in the morning to create positive vibes. Music can easily improve your mood while performing any task.
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5. Build Self Confidence
You are having difficulty getting your life back on track because you are too harsh on yourself. You make ONE mistake and you believe you are no longer capable of achieving your goals. To avoid this, it’s important to build your self confidence throughout the process. So that the next time you mess up (which is unavoidable), you don’t doubt your worth and can get back on track.
One way to do this, is to celebrate your wins. Be proud of your achievements, especially the little ones. Appreciate your hard work. You can build reward systems; where you treat yourself every time you achieve a short term goal.
6. Building Integrity While Getting Back On Track
Having integrity basically means doing what you say you’re going to do. It is essential not only for building trust with other people but also for building trust with yourself.
Your mind is always listening to what you say and taking notes of your actions. So, if you say you’re going to start a new habit but don’t, you’re telling your brain that you don’t follow through on your words. If this happens repeatedly, the message is stored in your subconscious mind.
As a result, the next time you set a new goal for yourself, your brain automatically thinks, “Oh, I know he’s not going to do that.” And it never pays any attention to your new goal. So, set practical goals. And follow through those goals to build trust with yourself.
You can listen to this episode by Manifestation Babe to learn more about building Integrity.
7. Make It Easy For Yourself
Creating new habits or achieving larger goals requires hard work, but it does not have to be a struggle. Find ways to make things easier on yourself. Here are 2 ways to do so,
- Plan in advance
Planning reduces resistance and makes it easier to take actions. Once you’ve created a plan, the only thing left to do is put it into action. So start planning your goals.
For example, If you want to start eating healthy, create a meal plan or meal prep on Sundays. Or if you know you have a busy day tomorrow, plan your day the night before so your morning isn’t a jumbled mess.
- Create Visual Cues
Use Visual Cues to serve as reminders. This is especially useful when you’re doing something you’ve never done before. For example, if you want to start going to the gym, leave your gym clothes out. Or if you want to start drinking more water, keep a water bottle with you to remind you to do so.
Visual cues also help you stay motivated. That is why people create vision boards. They inspire you and constantly remind you of your goals. Habit trackers serve the same purpose.
What’s Your Plan To Get Back On Track?
I hope you’ve got some inspiration and practical steps to get your life back on track. Comment down below Which of the following steps are you most excited to try first? And the goals that you’re working towards.