Falling off the treadmill is inevitable. Someone’s bound to bring in a box of donuts 🍩 to work. You’ll inevitably miss a day of writing (insert your own pursuit here) because you were sick or traveling. But jumping off the boat doesn’t mean you should say in the water. In fact, getting into the habit of reinforcing your passion and reason why you are making habits and going after goals in the first place is key to achieving them.
I used to have a binge mindset. Dang, I ate a cookie… oh well might as well eat 100 more. I told myself I wasn’t going to watch TV today… oh well, guess I’ll watch THE ENTIRE CATALOG on Netflix. But just because I mes up shouldn’t give me permission to go crazy. What if I messed up every day this week? What would that do to my health or long-term progress? If I binged watch shows an entire week I would end up being a vegetable, unable to do anything my heart desires.
Missteps are a part of the learning progress. Mastery comes to those who fail and yet keep going anyway.
When you catch yourself doing bad habits that don’t build your long-term dreams, here are small, practical ways you can reset yourself:
MOVE: Reset your physical state by going for a run, swim, sprint (name your poison). It doesn’t have to be long, even 5 minutes of moving can reset your mental state.
Cold exposure: Reset your physical state splashing water on your face. (Or more hardcore: take a cold shower or ice bath)
Check yourself: Are you hungry? When’s the last time you took a mental break? Take time to rejuvenate yourself.
Small actions: Doing a small incremental action can reset your mind to do the bigger tasks. Win small to win big.
Change your location: Moving your body to another place (think coffee shops, outside etc) can shift your mindset as well.
Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner