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"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein

 

?Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to error that counts.? - Nikki Giovanni

 

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When most people attempt a new weight-loss plan, they are are highly likely to make a few mistakes. Especially if it's their first time, or if the plan is too strict.

 

However; mistakes can be hard to take...and what starts out as a few small mistakes can quickly make us feel like a total failure.

 

Feeling like we have failed can quickly discourage further attempts, and ultimatley prevent a successfull outcome.

 

So what can be done to move past the mistakes we are destined to make?

 

First of all, you need to know that it's 100% OK to make mistakes, especially when trying to adapt to a new habit. (We are human after all)

 

The first step is ownership. - This may be difficult, but not owning the mistake can be much more damaging. When we do not admit to making a mistake our minds will instead try to view the mistake as "not a mistake" and start placing blame on outside sources. E.g. "this plan is too hard." or "I did not get the support I needed." or "I don't have what it takes."... Only once we own our mistakes and the outcome can we begin to work through it.

 

Step two is forgiveness. - So the healthy thought pattern should look something like this; "Yes, I made a mistake, but that's ok, I know that I am still in the process of adapting these new habits. I forgive myself for this mistake, and I'm actually glad it upset me. Getting upset is proof that I am trying to adapt. I am ok in this moment, and I will continue to practice dicipline until all of my mistakes fade away."... You may even need to write a statement like this on a small piece of paper to read (ideally outloud) when mistakes happen.

 

We would never consider pushing a kid who does not win their first race. No, we Would give that kid a high five, and tell them they did a great job. Then the kid will feel confident and able to continue running. The way we treat ourselves will produce the same outcomes.

 

Step three is courage. - Having the courage to get back up and try again, and again, and again....and again is what counts in the end. Every good book has many failed drafts, every competitive runner has lost, every sports team has been the looser, .. you get my point.

 

Again it's OK to make mistakes, infact it's actually part of everyones success story, and proof that you are trying.