Spring is a fickle time of year. You never know if it’s going to rain or possibly even snow. Sunshine is always possible and winds can howl to the point of hurricanes. Depending on where you live, the temperatures can be below freezing or above 80 – and each day can be different than the next. So, you have to be prepared for whatever comes your way or you may get caught in a storm.
Travel is also that way. By car, there is traffic and road conditions to contend with. By mass transportation weather, mechanical difficulties and human error can often put a kink in your plans. Then when you get to your destination your reservations could be wrong, your tickets for a different day than you planned or other unexpected events that keep you from doing what you had planned. You do all you can to plan, but you have to keep an open mind and know that things don’t always go according to plan. Otherwise, frustration turns to anger and it ruins the trip.
To be honest, life is that way. Planning is a good way to start the process. Setting SMARTER goals is a great place to start. SMARTER goals actually have a “change of plans” built into them. You must remain flexible. It is crazy in my mind how it all ties together so well. Yes, flexible and agile – able to turn on a dime! It’s true for your journey to better health also. You prepare, you plan and you begin, then life happens and things can spiral out of control if you do not remain flexible and agile.
Here are a few tips to help you get through the detours on your journey.
PREPARE YOURSELF MENTALLY
Prepare yourself mentally, accepting the fact that things will happen that will alter your plans. Mental preparation is a key to keeping calm and carrying on. My father used to say, hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.
Think about it a minute. How does that affect your mindset?
When you are mentally prepared for altering possibilities, it keeps frustration levels down. Knowing that a diet gets off track by life sometimes gives you the forgiveness you need for yourself so you can jump back in and not quit altogether. Detours are okay and inevitable.
HAVE CONTINGENCIES READY
Have contingencies ready or a plan B and maybe even plan C. So knowing that things may go sideways is one thing, but having an alternate plan is even one step better.
What will you do if you bring your lunch to work and then get invited out by the boss?
What happens when you have to work late and don’t get to the gym? What’s the alternate plan?
Going in with plan A, B and C provides you a way out. Every situation is different and every alternate route may be different, but it’s your plan…your decision. Take ownership of it.
GET AN ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER
Get an accountability partner that may be able to talk you through the issue and help you to see that what you see as a roadblock may only be a detour. Waze and Google are great for guiding you out of a traffic detour, just like an accountability partner can be on your journey to better health. Finding someone who understands what you are trying to accomplish, is compassionate yet firm will help guide you through those rough patches.
CONSISTENCY IS KEY
Remember that consistency is key, so even if the map shows hills and valleys, twists and turns, a steady pace moving in the right general direction is always better than ending your journey mid-way or turning around and never reaching your destination. Consistently pursuing the right goals, the better diet, the active lifestyle all contribute to getting you to your destination.
These keys will unlock your ability to overcome the obstacles, the storms, the detours on your journey to living your healthiest life. Plan and prepare mentally, be agile and ready to turn on a dime, have a partner to help you navigate and continue the journey come what may. You will succeed!!