"I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed."
-- Booker T. Washington
Let's face it, setbacks can be down right devastating, but they needn't be. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is challenging for many. It is a journey inherent with detours. The good news is, however, that you can regain control with a few strategies.
Tips for a Strong Come Back:
Shake it off and move forward.
Too often a lapse is misconstrued as a failure that ends all; and so, we go back to the old ways. Instead, a setback should be viewed as a learning experience that can propel us forward.
"One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again."
-- Abraham Maslow
Find your motivation. At the core of successful change is the desire and determination to become a better you, a happier you, and a healthier you.
"He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how."
Redefine your goals. Sometimes, a setback occurs because the goal was unrealistic and a new goal needs to be defined.
"Fixing your objective is like identifying the North Star--you sight your compass on it and then use it as the means of getting back on track when you tend to stray."
--Marshall E. Dimock
Think progress, not perfection.
Failure is inevitable when perfection is expected. Healthy living is a process, a task that requires continued effort.
"It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end."
--Ursula K. Le Guin
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