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Blog: Ignite Your Energy and Grow Your Life!
Progress Not Perfection

Perfectionism is a major way the brain can hold your body hostage. You can't change your circumstances if you're busy engaging in self-abuse because you can't do it all perfectly.  Detoxing your life getting fit, organizing your schedule and environment so you relieve stress and have time for what juices you will never follow a perfect path.  And it's not about trying to make it so. 
Getting balanced and passionate about your life is about achieving a mental and physical transformation, playing on your strengths, working around the areas where you are vulnerable and just doin' it!  Nobody works, eats, trains, or functions perfectly all the time.  If you're working hard and keeping your focus 70 or 80% of the time you're doing great!  And even if you're only on the horse 50% of the time, it's far better than nothing at all.
I see so many women, especially in the area of fitness, beat themselves up when they can't stick to an exercise regimen or healthy eating routine.  But the guilt and remorse just sucks away the positive energy and leaves you feeling defeated and discouraged.  And you need to stay positive and upbeat if you're going to make progress and not give up.  It can become a vicious cycle and it's deadly for your health.
If you fall of the detox wagon for a day, a week, or a month, don't despair as though Armageddon is upon you.  Look for the lessons in what happened, figure out the why so you can handle it better next time, regroup and get back on track.
Cut yourself some slack.  Don't waste time ruminating on why your day didn't go perfectly.  Adjust your expectations and celebrate every little success no matter how small.
One of the best ways to make this idea work for you is to journal.  Reflect on your day and write down three things that you did well and that helped you move forward.  It will give you tons of positive reinforcement and help you build momentum because you're giving yourself credit where it's due instead of self-flagellation.
There can never and should never be perfection in any living thing.  There's nothing human about it and nothing that inspires or motivates us.  When someone falls we gasp, but we cheer when they pick themselves up and tries again.  To strive is human and it's the absolute essence of powerful thinking!

posted on: 8/25/2009 9:30:00 AM by Robin Stephens
category: Time Management

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