Happy New Year!
I hope you had a wonderful holiday season full of fun and love and joy!
Now that we’re dipping our toes into a shiny, fresh year you might be feeling the nudge to make great things happen.
Have you set any resolutions/intentions/goals for the year?
Whether you’ve jotted down some ideas or you’re simply feeling the pull to make this year especially awesome, there’s an important message you need to embrace.
This idea could be the difference between you actually feeling good and making your goals happen, and feeling like garbage and giving up.
And it all starts with your opinion of yourself (like most self-help-like things, right?).
As moms we can be so hard on ourselves.
One of the most common pitfalls I see moms trip up on – especially moms trying to get back on the health and wellness wagon – is the Perfection Fallacy.
You know the one. The idea that in order to succeed you need to be perfect.
The idea that, if you set a goal but you only get 87% of the way there, you’ve failed.
Like if you decided to eat Paleo for 30 days but on day 22 you ate some sushi (with rice – which is typically not considered “Paleo”) so you feel like a failure and it just makes you want to go out and buy all the chips, crackers, cookies, ice cream, fries, pizza…. you can get your hands on because you might as well just go big if you’re gonna mess up, right?
Or if you decided that this year you’re going to workout 3 days a week but a month in you only get 1 workout done that week because #MomLife is crazy unpredictable and those workouts just didn’t happen so you might as well give up and never workout again because what’s the point if you can’t do it “right”?!
Okay so I may be exaggerating (a little) but you get my point, hey? You feel like if you don’t make your goal happen exactly how you planned, you failed so you might as well just throw in the towel.
And therein lies the danger of the Perfection Fallacy.
It can become so easy to give up entirely when things don’t go exactly according to plan, even if you’re still making progress.
Because that’s what’s actually important – progress.
You don’t need to be perfect to see amazing changes in your life.
So how can you overcome this and feel successful even if you aren’t perfect?
How can you be okay with being good enough instead of the best?
How can you set some goals and keep motivated even when things aren’t going exactly according to plan?
Here are 3 strategies (+ a bonus tip) to help.