If you are reading this, then most likely you work out, or at least you’re contemplating it. And more than likely, you have worked out before. If you’re successful with it, then let me just tell you that this post isn’t really for you. By all means, keep reading. But just know, it’s not you that I am speaking to right now. I’m talking to the person that has tried to adopt exercise to improve their health and lifestyle or to accomplish a goal and struggled to make that a reality. I’m talking to the person that has tried this and failed. Or at least they feel like they did. I don’t have any life hacks or “tricks” to share. I just want to give you this one piece of advice. Don’t bring your past failures into this next attempt.
Here is what I mean by this. We are all the sum of our experiences in some form or fashion. Too often we come to the table with our past attempts looking over our shoulder. You’ve tried to lose weight before and maybe you were successful for a minute or two. But then you seemed to find all the weight you lost plus maybe a little more. And that is in the back of your head as you start anew. It plants the seed of doubt right at the very beginning. Please don’t do that to yourself. Mindset is huge when it comes to making a change in behavior and if you start off believing that you’re going to fail, then you will.
Remember that our past mistakes don’t define us, they inform us. They inform us of where we can do better. They inform us of what mistakes to avoid. They educate us. But they don’t define us. God and our relationship to him does that. So whether you are about to take the leap and start a new exercise program/eating strategy or you are already neck deep in one, do yourself a favor and leave your past mistakes where they belong. In the past.