When you miss a deadline...
Or a workout because a cold, or a night out drinking, or because... because.
When you miss a day — a habit, a practice, a goal, a coffee meeting.
When you end up doing something you don’t want to do — like it a bucket of cheesecake and ruin your diet, or fall into old bad habits — there’s one only thing you need to do to get back in the saddle:
Keep going. Pick up right where you left off.
Missing is normal. Deadlines, opportunities, expectations, promises to yourself are inevitable broken by mistake or a moment of laziness or weakness. It’s okay, we are all only human.
But this is a critical moment. One moment that defines whether you practice extraordinary lifestyle habits, or just ordinary ones.
The real test is what you do next.
On the next day, are you going to give up or dig deeper?
Will you stay down, or dust yourself off and get back up?
Digging deeper will probably be one the hardest thing you’ll ever do, but it’s worth every drop of sweat.
First let’s look at the opposite.
Giving up because of failure or mistakes is where dreams and skills go to die.
Did your parents ever sign you up for piano lessons or sports (something skill based) when you were younger? I didn’t, but my sister did.
80% of kids don’t continue their lessons after two years (according to the internet. Believe at your own risk. Anecdotally, it seems like most kids drop their lessons for one reason or another.)
The reasons are many, but it comes down to the simple fact that learning by sucking and failing over and over again on top of not knowing why you are doing something in the first place or how it might help you in the future.
If we are good at something, we think we are good at it and desire to do more of it. Same thing if we are bad at something. Unless we train yourself past failure, anything that we suck at we tend to avoid.
The moment of failure can be a moment of triumph and redemption if we decide to keep going. Digging deeper show you what you are made of and ingrains with you that you can get through anything that and are the type of person who gets back up and doesn’t let a little failure or missed deadline stop you.
Digging deeper show you what you are made of and reinforce what you do when faced with a challenge or setback.
Miss a day?
Start again the next.
Heck, start now.
Show yourself whose boss and in control of what comes your way.
— Josh Waggoner