We all set goals and make plans to change. Our goal could be to lose weight, start exercising, make more money, get healthy, quit smoking, manage stress or something else. We start out with a bang, keep on track for a while and then life happens. Suddenly we are derailed. This is usually where the chatter comes in. "I told you so, you're a failure." "You'll never change, you can't do it."You know what I'm talking about. As if battling the chatter wasn't hard enough when you were setting your goals to begin with. How many times has the chatter kept you from hiring the Coach, purchasing the program, buying the planner, or telling fear and resistance to take a hike? I've fallen off track and let chatter hold me back many times. For years I let it hold me back. I let it beat me up so bad that I thought I didn't deserve anything good. Now I have freedom in many areas but we're all humans practicing this thing called life. So how do we overcome and get back on track?
1- Stop listening to the chatter. I know it can be easier said than done. Practice, practice, practice. It won't ever stop but you'll overcome in areas once it knows you won't listen and act on it. Let's say your plan was to lose weight. You started a diet and then you were invited to a party. You over indulged and woke up feeling like a failure. That little voice was telling you that you blew it again, blah, blah, blah. So here's where you have a choice to make. You can listen and obey the chatter or you can rise up and tell the chatter who you are and what you're going to do. Here's where my next tip comes in handy.
2-Know who you are and where you're going. You're at the decision-making phase. When you know who you are and where you're going, you simply say it to the chatter. After you've practiced this awhile, it will become a part of you in that particular area. So when the chatter starts, you think, "where did that thought come from?" It seems foreign. Who are you? You're an amazing person who's practicing to become the best they can be. It's not about being perfect, that's a lie. So when you practice something, you make mistakes until you get it down. Where are you going? If losing weight is your goal, you're going to lose 10 pounds. So you would tell the chatter and yourself, "Last night I over indulged. I'm an amazing person living a life I love and today I'm getting on with my goal of losing 10 pounds." "Chatter, you can't stop me, make me feel bad about myself or hold me back anymore. I know who I am and where I'm going!"Make sense?
3-Pick up where you left off and forget what happened. You're an amazing person in the school of life. You're practicing (living) an abundant life. Just pick up your mat and walk as Jesus would say. Dust yourself off, laugh at the chatter and get back on track. Don't beat yourself up. Don't allow the chatter to beat you up and keep you from doing what you want to do.
You're worth it!