As we try incorporate new habits, there will inevitably be times when we lose momentum, or even stop progress completely for a while. I just went through such a period, as you can see from the lack of posts on this site lately. When this happens it is critical to take a step back and look at the period leading up to the drop off. It is important to not get discouraged, to realize that even if you find yourself right back where you were before your progress started, even if you are back at the same weight as before your diet started, the fact that you were able to achieve some progress and build some momentum was a great victory. You learned something, you proved to yourself that you can do it. The key is to learn what happened to derail you, so that when you start again, you don’t fall victim to the same issues. Is is the classic success paradigm: All winners have failed multiple times, which has provided critical lessons, enabling their success. This applies to eGOvolution! If you find yourself in your first pit after having achieved some good momentum, don’t despair! Rejoice, because you have reached an important milestone on your path towards excellence.
Look at all your habits and goals and note which ones started to fail first and why. In my recent derailment my work-out failed first, then my other physical activities, then meditation, then my sleep suffered, then work and writing. I even started to see some old bad habits such as impatience and anger coming back. So what happened? For me it was an injury I sustained during a Karate tournament. I got hit in a rib I had broken a decade ago. This was extremely painful and the pain prevented my from working out or training for almost two weeks. The discomfort and lack of exercise affected my sleep and my mood. For some reason I did not have the mindfulness to see this coming. If I had, I would have realized that a focus on meditation and writing and other mindful activities was needed in order to offset the imbalance created by my physical injury.
What this shows me is the importance of balance in the physical, emotional and mental spheres. When an inevitable imbalance happens however, the energy lost in one sphere must be compensated in the other spheres in order to not loose energy and forward progress. You could say that in my case the mental and emotional spheres should have called all hands on deck to keep the ship sailing at full speed and right course, when the physical sphere went down. Then when the physical sphere came back, no momentum would have been lost, and a boost might even have been felt from the return. In stead, I relied on the physical sphere to came back and slowly spark the other spheres back to action. I am a very physical person, and as such am very dependent on that for my overall health. This means that I must work harder to build my mental and emotional reflexes, so that they automatically spring into action when needed. We should all understand which is our dominant sphere, so that we are ready to activate our other spheres when trouble hits.
So my list of lessons/ improvements for next round is:
- Don’t ever skip meditation. Must do it daily.
- Don’t stop writing. Write daily.
- Don’t assume that an injury in any sphere will not have a negative drag on your progress. Compensate by increasing energy elsewhere.
With these lessons I am encouraged and excited about the next round of my eGOvolution, in stead of being discouraged and down about my temporary failure. This mindset and process is a critical differentiator, which brings sustained improvement and ultimate excellence.