Get Your Life Back on Track

Advice on how to recover quickly after making a mistake.

Regain Control of Your Life: You stick to your diet for a week before succumbing to weekend hunger. You decide to exercise more, go to the gym for two days, and then collapse weary from work on the couch. You create a vision for your job and become excited about the possibilities, only to get caught up in the daily grind and return to your dream months later.

However, it has happened to me as well. Over time, I realised something crucial:

These tiny missteps do not define you as a failure; they define you as human. Even the most successful people in the world make mistakes in their habits. What sets them apart is their ability to quickly get back on track, rather than their willpower or motivation.

There will always be times when it is hard to keep on schedule. It needs strategy, not superhuman determination, to get back on track. Developing habits requires the ability to get back on track.

Here are seven ideas to get you back on track and start well.


Make your habits a part of your everyday routine.

Make a place for your habits in your life. There are two ways to accomplish this.

Option 1: Make a note of them on your calendar.

Do you want to start writing again? 9 a.m. on Monday, Butt in the seat. My fingers are lying on the keys of the keyboard. This is when it happens.

Do you want to get back into a regular fitness routine? Make a time and a place for it. 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, I’ll catch you in the gym.

Option 2: Make it applicable to your existing behaviour.

Your habits may not all fit into a single time slot, but they should all have a trigger that reminds you to do them.

Do you like to floss your teeth? After brushing your teeth daily. Every time, in the same sequence and way.

Do you want to be happier? Tell yourself something you’re grateful for whenever you come to a halt at a red light. The red light serves as a warning signal. Use the same trigger and sequence each time.

The essential point is that while you may promise that you will change for the better, making it tangible makes it more achievable and provides a reason and reminder to get back on track when you make a mistake.

Soon is neither a chronological period nor a number. When and where will this happen? You may forget once, but how will you be reminded again?

Stick to your timetable, even for tiny details.

Considering the personal implications of failing to adhere to your schedule is unnecessary. It is the long-term consequences of not getting back on track. Even missing one workout will not make you feel less fit.

That is why it is vital to stick to your timetable, even if the deviation is minimal.

Don’t have time for a full workout? Perform a squat.

Don’t you have time to write an article? Create a paragraph.

Do you not have enough time to practise yoga? Pause for ten seconds.

Do you not have enough time to take a vacation? Take some time off and go sightseeing in a nearby city.

Individually, these behaviours appear to be inconsequential. Individual hits, however, have no effect. The cumulative effect of sticking to your schedule will result in long-term success.

Find a means to stick to the timetable, no matter how tiny.

You have someone looking for something from you.

Throughout my sporting career, I’ve been a member of several teams. What happens when your friends, teammates, and coaches expect you to attend practice? They emerge.

Fortunately, you can do it on your own if you prefer. Talk to strangers at the gym to make new friends. Knowing that a familiar person is waiting for you can motivate you to work out.

know the rules

Concentrate on what you can work with.

We spend much too much time worrying about what we don’t have.

This is especially true when we make mistakes and divert from our goals. We make excuses when we don’t do what we desire, such as start a business, eat properly or go to the gym.

“I’m not affluent enough.” I’m running out of time. I lack the required contacts. I have no relevant experience. I have a lot more to learn. I don’t think there’s anything I can do about it. I’m embarrassed and dumb.

Instead, I’d want you to consider the following:

“This is something I can handle.”

Because you are capable, and the truth is that most of us start from the same place – with no money, resources, contacts, or experience – but some people (the winners) choose to start nevertheless.

If you choose to be uncomfortable and make progress instead of whining and making excuses, your condition will improve. Instead of dwelling on your deficiency, make the most of what you have.

It’s unusual for your circumstances to stifle your development. Begin at a spot you may not like. Your progress could be slow and unpleasant. It is, nonetheless, possible to make it work.

Even if something isn’t flawless, it can still be helpful.

It is too easy to grow consumed with doing things right to abandon them entirely.

Here’s an example:

“I want to eat Paleo, but every Friday, I go to Chipotle with my friends and get a burrito with sour cream and cheese, which I know isn’t Paleo.” I also meet with my book club every Tuesday for ice cream. “Should I try something new?”

Seriously? Is it better to eat clean five days a week than none?

Yes, I believe so.

Eating healthily one day per week is best rather than not eating at all. Begin by committing to eating healthily on Mondays.

Just because you can’t stick to the ideal schedule doesn’t mean you should give up. You progressively develop advantageous habits. Begin cautiously, live your life, and progress gradually. Progress is a spectrum, not a single point.

And why bother with tiny nuances if you can’t get the basics right?

The most effective strategies will close the remaining 10% of the deficit. Meanwhile, 90% of your success depends on simply adhering to the fundamentals: don’t skip exercises, eat naturally, and prioritise the most important things every day. Right now, learn the essentials. Changes can be made afterwards.


Make sure the habits you want to keep are essential to you.

If you forget about a habit, it could mean it is unimportant to you. It isn’t always the case, but there is a pattern here.

It’s incredible how much time individuals spend chasing after things that don’t matter to them. When they fail to meet them, they blame themselves and feel like failures for failing to perform something that was never necessary for them to begin with.

You have limited energy to use during the next 24 hours. Choose a habit that has meaning for you. If something is truly important to you, you will find a way to make it happen.

Take back control of your life.

Change can be difficult. Initially, your healthy behaviours may take two steps forward and one step back.

Anticipating those backward steps can make a big difference. You must devise a plan to get back on track and restart your healthy behaviours as soon as possible.


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