If you’re curious as to what my greatest struggle is, today you’ll will have your answer.
Let’s look at the following scenario together.
It’s Monday morning and you’ve had a great workout at the gym, a healthy breakfast and are ready to face the day with your boxing gloves on. Sometime mid-morning, a huge issue arises at work and you are in the hot seat. After dealing with matters and things begin to settle down around you, inside you are a hot mess. You remember that secret stash of candy you keep hidden in the bottom drawer of your desk and you decide to break into it, but instead of just eating one piece you end up eating six.
You decide since you’ve already messed up the rest of the day is a wash.
Tuesday rolls around. You have another great workout and healthy breakfast. You tell yourself, “Today, I’m getting back on track!” and you mean it . . . . Only one of your coworkers decided to bring in donuts to treat everyone. And not just any donuts. The cream filled kind.
You decide Tuesday might as well be a wash, too. You’ll just start over fresh tomorrow.
Wednesday morning dawns. You’re resolved to do better today . . . . you think . . . . no, you’re sure. Yes, you’re definitely sure . . . . you hope. You make it all the way through the morning, lunch and even dinner without any slips. You’re feeling pretty good . . . . until, you decide since you’ve been so good today you deserve a small bowl of ice cream. You measure out your 1/2 cup serving and MAN, it is good! Your resolve begins to feel shaky again. You think, “Oh, I’ll just go get one more 1/2 cup serving and be done.” Except you know in your heart that it’s over. You’ve jumped off the cliff straight into the carton of ice cream.
At this point, it’s Wednesday and you decide, “Well, I might as well just wait until next Monday to get back on track. This week is a total bust.”
Does any of this sound familiar?
One slip leads to another leads to another and to another and then eventually you have this giant snow ball effect.
One slip, one bad decision, one mistake does NOT mean you have to throw in the towel for that day, that week, that month. It was simply one slip.
You can stop it right there. You can pick yourself back up, dust yourself off and keep moving forward.
One slip can be just that. One slip. Stop believing the lie that says if you make one mistake, it’s over. Believing that lie is what got us in this position in the first place.
One slip does not have to lead to an avalanche.