It could happen. On your journey to Create Your Own Streak and check off 56 Days of Giving It All, there’s a decent chance you may mess up at one point or another.
We don’t say this because we don’t believe in you. There’s also a very strong chance you’ll blaze through all 56 days with determination and persistence, and we have every faith that this will be the case. We know you have it in you.
But we also know how life (and the human spirit) works. There are plenty of things that can throw us off track, even if we have the best of intentions.
You may have a long, hard day at work and feel you just don’t have the energy to work out for 20 minutes like you resolved. Your kids might get sick, or you might get sick, and suddenly your daily tasks falls by the wayside. Or you totally forget about your small step, and by the time you remember, it’s too late to check it off.
When a screw-up happens, it doesn’t mean your Streak is over. Of course we hope you’ll check off each of the 56 days of this challenge, but if you happen to miss one, that doesn’t make you a failure. A misstep is only a failure if you let it stop you from making forward progress.
So, while we hope you won’t need this advice, here’s what you can do if you do, in fact, find yourself with a missed day on your challenge calendar.
Remember It’s All About Positive Momentum
Making a big change in your life, or pursuing a big goal, isn’t an “all or nothing” equation. It’s not like a hitting streak in baseball; had Joe DiMaggio struck out during any of his 56 at-bats that famous summer of 1941, he wouldn’t have established a legendary sports record.
That’s just the way baseball statistics work. But it’s not the way life works.
If you give in to temptation and have a cigarette after weeks of not smoking, you don’t have to throw up your hands and go back to smoking a pack a day. You’ve already got weeks of success under your belt; build on that and use it to boost your resistance to temptation tomorrow.
If you forget your workout, your body won’t lose muscle tone or regain lost weight in a day. Get back on track tomorrow and keep creating that positive change.
A backstep or two will only halt your progress if you decide to stop right there. Keep on pushing on and you’ll still be moving along a forward trajectory.
Look at the Big Picture
While you may have messed up today, remember that in general, you’re already doing much better than you’ve done in the past. You’ve instilled a positive habit in your life that was’’t there before. You’ve committed to realizing one of your goals. You’ve proven, over all the days you haven’t messed up, that you have what it takes to make that goal happen.
One bad day doesn’t negate everything you’ve done so for, or everything you will do after this. Keep perspective and look at your Streak as a whole to recharge your motivation.
Resolve to Do Better Tomorrow
In the end, once you’ve made a mistake, it’s made. There’s no use beating yourself up over it or dwelling on what happened; that won’t do anything to change what’s been done. Instead, turn that mistake into a positive by learning from it, forgiving yourself for it, and resolving to do better in the future.
You are only human. You are doing the best you can. As long as you try your hardest to Give It All in the present, that’s all can you be expected to do (and it’s an awful lot).
Some Famous People Who Didn’t Let Failure Stop Them
If you do make a misstep over the course of these 56 days, take heart in knowing you’re in good company. These famous (and famously successful) people all faced their own failures in their lives, but they were able to press on and achieve some pretty remarkable things.
If these people could get over their mistakes, missteps and bad luck, you certainly can.
- Thomas Edison didn’t invent the light bulb on his first try — or his hundredth, or his thousandth. How did he keep persisting when nothing seemed to be working? By taking the attitude that “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
- Bill Gates’ first company, Traf-O-Data, was a miserable failure (as in, the product didn’t even work when they tried to demonstrate it).
- Stephen King’s first novel, Carrie, was rejected a whopping 30 times. His current net worth is around $400 million.
- When he first started out, Jay-Z had trouble getting a deal from a record label. So he sold copies of his CD from the trunk of his car and eventually established his own record label. He’s now worth around $500 million (and married to Beyonce).
- Elvis was initially told he couldn’t sing. Specifically, he was told, “You ain’t goin’ nowhere, son. You oughta go back to drivin’ a truck.”
- Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.
- Vincent Van Gogh sold one (1) painting while he was alive.
- Fred Astaire’s first screen test ended with one executive noting he couldn’t sing or act (although he could “dance a little”).
As you know, none of these people are known for these failures. They’re known for what they did afterwards. Remind yourself of that the next time you feel like you’ve “failed” — then get right back to doing better in the morning.
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