It can be so easy to be hard on yourself and feel bad about your lack of progress. Even if you have had a little or lot of progress. The tendency is to focus on what wasn’t accomplished (or even what hasn’t been accomplished yet) rather than what was.
You feel guilty that you missed a couple of workouts and yet you rocked your workouts the rest of the week.
Or that progress on your goal has stalled.
Or that you slipped up and ate carb-heavy, fatty, delicious food and it wasn’t even your cheat day.
This is one way at looking at your progress (or the seemingly lack thereof), but this way is a glass half-empty approach and is going to hinder your progress more.
A glass-half-full approach is to allow yourself to celebrate and be proud of what has been accomplished no matter how small.
Be Happy with Your Progress
Look back and see what you have done so far. Be proud of your progress big or small.
Progress is progress and means you are moving forward. Be happy with how far you have come so far, even if you have a long ways to go.
For me, I have some ambitious, maybe lofty (and some might even say insane-and-can’t-ever-be-done) dreams/goals. Every day I work on achieving these dreams little by little.
But oh man, I still have a long ways to go. And because I have a long way to go on accomplishing those dreams, I sometimes forget about the progress I have made.
I feel like the progress I have made is not enough. And so I have a hard time celebrating what I have accomplished.
Because I haven’t fully accomplished the dreams/goals that I working on, I have a hard time seeing all the progress I have made that is taking me one step closer to achieving it. So, I have to remind myself that what I have accomplished, no matter how small is progress that deserves to be celebrated.
For example, I’m still in the midst of sorting out my feelings surrounding my divorce. I’m still healing and putting back the pieces. Sometimes I feel like I should be further along in my journey. In those moments, I have to take a step back and remind myself of how far I have come.
No matter what you are trying to accomplish or what goal you are working to make come true, the key is to take a step back and look at what you have done. Instead of beating yourself up over what you didn’t do or haven’t even done yet, celebrate your success.
You will feel guilty about what you haven’t done, you are human after all, but it is important to remember it is a temporary setback. It is a small bump on a long road.
Be happy and proud of your progress because it makes it easier and whole lot more pleasant when you are working towards your dreams.
What have you been trying to accomplish and what progress, big or small have you made in your efforts to achieve it?