Do you put a lot of pressure on yourself to be perfect and think that any little slip up with your diet means that you’re a failure? If so, did you know that when you do this, you’re putting added pressure on yourself that is actually getting in the way of your weight loss goals? Goals of perfection are added stress and stress can actually lead to fat gain.
The key to being happy with yourself and staying on track with your weight loss goals is “striving for progress, not perfection.”
Leave perfection behind:
There is no such thing as “perfection”. It’s an ideal that’s always out of reach. And when you don’t reach this impossible goal, you not only feel like a failure, but you often end up quitting altogether. Goals should always be attainable and the best ones are broken down into small enough pieces that you can enjoy little “wins” along the way. When you strive to be perfect, you’re likely to develop poor self-esteem because nothing will ever be good enough. But, you ARE good enough… so, help yourself move forward instead.
Journey toward PROGRESS:
Half of the battle of losing weight is our heads. Believe you can do it, because guess what… that’s right. Remember the old saying, “If you believe it, you can achieve it!” Positive thinking plays a huge part in our journey toward progress. If you tell yourself you can’t do something, often times you won’t even attempt it. Instead of focusing on trying to be THE best, try to be YOUR best. Strive for progress by setting attainable milestones that you can celebrate each time you reach them.
And don’t be too hard on yourself, we’re all human and full achievement of our goals takes time, practice, and sometimes coaching. If you slip up, forgive yourself for your shortcomings and keep moving forward! And if you need a little help, reach out to one of the Verdurous Me Interactive Coaches for the support, education and encouragement you require for the journey to Progress.