A lot of us have an ‘all or nothing’ mindset.
You know the story; you can’t go to the gym today, so you think ‘what’s the point?’
Something crops up and you can’t go for the run you had planned, so you do nothing.
You have some alcohol and think, ‘well I’ve blown it now, I may as well have a take-away and start again on Monday’.
Why do we do it?
We tie ourselves up in knots trying to achieve perfection.
We try for ‘all’ and end up with ‘nothing’.
Perfection doesn’t exist!
We trip ourselves up by going for an ideal that is too hard to achieve.
A better way is to decide to try ‘always something’.
For example, something unexpected crops up and you can not do your workout as planned;
Think about what you can do instead. Can you do 10 minutes?
There will always be something and 10 minutes is better than nothing.
When you are really busy, can you fit in a short walk?
If you are working on improving your nutrition and struggling;
Can you try for one portion of vegetables each day instead of aiming for 5 or 10?
Can you have one palm sized portion of protein a day rather than aiming for 3 or 6?
Again, it is better to have less, but to have something, rather than nothing.
Start super small.
Build your consistency and your confidence.
As you succeed you will naturally want to push on and improve.
You will be encouraged, rather than beating yourself up for being a failure.
Remember, something is better than nothing.