When one thinks about how to course correct his or her life, it might be in relation to a myriad things. Like, you’ve:
- Just come back from vacation
- Started a new career
- Moved into a new neighborhood
- Suffered a serious injury
- Given birth
- Experienced the recent loss of a loved one
- Become an empty nester
- Gotten divorced
- Quit your job
If I didn’t have the tools to get though big life changes — deal with them, course correct and, ultimately, feel great again — I wouldn’t be where I am today.
So, here are my tips for you when you feel like you are off track...
Number one: Give yourself grace.
Understand and believe in your soul that you’re not failing. Change is normal. No one maintains 100% effectiveness, adherence or discipline or control or any of that unless they’re a robot. And dude, you’re not a robot and humans experience change.
Number two: Figure out why you feel weird.
Don’t just say to yourself:
- “Oh man, I feel off.”
- “I’m not exercising and I don’t know why.”
- “My house has become disorganized and I’m not sure how this happened.”
- “I’m uninspired at work.”
- “I haven’t been as consistent with my clean eating.”
For whatever reason, there has been a shift that took you off course. And you need to identify where it came from.
Number three: Don’t be unrealistic.
Are you trying to get back on a road which doesn’t exist anymore? In other words, if you feel bummed because your body doesn’t look like it did when you were 16 and now you’re 32… that ship has sailed.
Every year, you’re a different person. Progress means change and that you’re moving forward. Create routines, habits and structure centered around this new track.
Perhaps, then, for this category, it’s not about course correcting. But, rather, initiating a new path / journey / track / normal.
Number four: Beneficial is better than non-existent.
Sometimes when there is life change — like a new baby or job — we’re thinking,
“Well, if I can’t do it (exercise, eat right, stay organized) to the degree I was doing it before, why bother?”
Many of us have this unfortunate belief that if we can’t do it all the way, we won’t do it at all.
And that is the wrong attitude. You need to remember that just doing something is better than doing nothing. Non-existent doesn’t help you. It might not be optimal, but it’s still beneficial.
For my Bonus tip and, also, very personal story on how I got myself back on track after falling out of my 18-year routine… you must listen to The Chalene Show podcast below!
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