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Let’s face it, life can get in the way of the best laid plans, threatening to steal our joy, our contentment, and our drive to press on toward greatness. So, what can we do when life throws us a curveball and we veer off course? If we were to ask Daniel Tiger, he’s day, “Keep trying, you’ll get better!” He would motivate us to get back on track.
If you are unsure of who Daniel Tiger is, I wrote about him in 15 Lessons Adults Can Learn From Daniel Tiger. Actually, if you’ve not read that post in general, it is a really good one since it is filled with so many great life lessons that we all need to be reminded of at times.
The reality is, that in working through the Make Over Your Mornings course, we are asked to do some tough stuff. We are required to work hard. We have needed to examine the things we do well – as well as the things we don’t do so well.
On day 13, Crystal prepares us for the fact that we might fail. We might get off track. We might lose our way. Change is hard and old habits, routines, and ways of thinking can be so hard to let go of at times.
Here are 8 tips to get you back on track when you’ve lost your way.
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So far we’ve learned to do things like how to:
- restructure our nights
- prioritize what matters
- create some awesome incentives to reward ourselves for making changes
- set some goals and then broken them down
- create some accountability
- learn more about to-do lists
- create a morning routine
- change our perspective and done a bit of soul searching
- make plans for being more mindful and intentional about diet and exercise
- build strength and endurance for the long haul
If you’re looking back on that list and feeling like it’s rather extensive – it is! Isn’t it amazing at all the things this course teaches us?!
However, for those times that we get off course, it is so important to have a plan for what to do next. What do we do when the things we’ve worked so hard to make progress on suddenly have to take a backseat to something that distracted us?
No worries. I’ve got eight tips to get you back on course again.
As soon as you notice that you’ve strayed from your plan, regroup, gather your efforts, and plan for a bit of work again as you get back on the path.
2. Give grace
You’ve heard me speak of grace before, but grace can be such a freeing word and such a freeing concept, too. We don’t always get it right, and for those times when we fail, we must always cover ourselves with grace. No beating yourself up is necessary.
3. Examine where, how, and why you got off track
Was it a temporary situation like sick kids, a work project, or a financial struggle? Or, was your getting off track a result of a flawed plan or an unattainable goal? Assessing the where, the how, and the why are essential before you can move forward.
4. Make adjustments
After you have answered the above questions, adjust as necessary. Maybe you need to change your overall goal, give yourself more time, or set something aside for now. So often when we try something new, we discover that we need to tweak it as we go.
5. Set a new goal
After making some adjustments, you are ready to give yourself a new goal. Be sure to review So You’ve Set Some Goals, Now What? and Do Your Goals Spell SUCCESS? Sometimes setting a new goal is the very thing we need to jumpstart our sense of motivation again.
6. Create a timeline
With your new goal in mind, create a new timeline of how the steps you take to achieve that goal will lay out. Where will the end be when you’ve broken your goal down into bite-sized pieces?
7. Start again
So often the hardest part of anything is to just start. When we are trying something for the second, third, or even 10th time, it can be even harder to start again. However, we do have to put forth the effort in order to make positive change.
8. With Daniel Tiger in mind, I quote one of his songs in saying, “Keep trying, you’ll get better!”
You’ve probably also heard it said that the best things in life are the things that challenge us beyond what we think we can handle. Stay the course, keep on keeping on, and continue trying!
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The beauty of this course is that since it is a download, it is a one time purchase that you make and can then use again and again. In this way, you can still join us in the journey while catching up on where we’ve already been at your own leisure!
You still have time to get your mornings streamlined before the busyness of life completely takes over.
Crystal’s book, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life, is a favorite and speaks very much to moving forward with focus.
This is one of the books that always leaves me feeling inspired to take on the world!