Not all who stumble are lost. Case and point: yours truly. I am pretty much the epitome of a chronic stumble-case. Example: I’m trying to lose weight and get healthier (see ALL the posts on my Instagram) and I totally had four Red Vines when I got to work this morning. #winning #effmylife
I seem to be in a never-ending cycle of clothes-lining my own goals, nursing my wounds, regaining my gusto and getting “back on the wagon.” Right now (post Red Vines) I’m on step two: nurse the wounds.
Unfortunately my constant “two steps forward, one step back” behavior isn’t isolated to my waistline. I do it with pretty much everything I put my mind to. I want to feed my son only whole foods … so I buy dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets. I want to save money for retirement … so I Amazon Prime my bank account into oblivion. I want to have more peace in my life … so I bring up politics in social situations. What’s wrong with me?!
I guess the short answer to that questions is, “I’m human.” I think, to a certain degree, we all do this. That’s why a huge percentage of new exercise equipment ends up collecting dust and it takes an average of five years and 7 attempts to quit smoking. We’re all in this cycle together.
The good news is, we’re trying. That’s the take-away here. Don’t stop trying.
Even though I will have eaten at least four Red Vines by the time I leave work today, I will be going to the gym tonight. Even though I bought those Dino-nuggets, I plan to pair them with whole blackberries, steamed carrots and a glass of fresh green-juice. And, even though my bank account is suffering from a serious Amazon hangover today, I’m reaffirming my commitment to the budget I set six months ago.
We try. We fail. We try again. It’s part of the human experience. The most important thing is to never give up on the big picture. Goals are like kids. The day they are born you feel like you’ll never be able to manage the pressure. Then, one day (provided you don’t give up when things get hard) they’re all grown up and beautiful and successful and you get to high-five yourself on your success. As long as we stay determined to nurturing these little baby goals, we can’t lose. The only way to TRULY mess up is to abandon the cause.
Keep your chins up. Beautiful people. Not all who stumble are lost.