And that’s what I want to talk about with you for a moment.
Today might bring a backward step. Maybe you fall off the wagon a little bit and you eat too much or you drink too much.
And those are the most dangerous days.
Those are the days where we start asking ourselves if there’s any point to all of the work that we’re doing.
Those are the days when we quit.
Now, I want you to change your thinking about the backward steps.
It’s the backward step that presents us with the capacity to learn. It’s the backward step that throws what we want to change in our lives into focus.
We should actually feel grateful for the backward steps. Without them, we’re not going to learn, which means we’re not going to keep moving forward.
It’s the bad days that give us something to bounce back from.
Here’s what I want you to remember.
It takes patience. That’s something that I didn’t have all through my 20s and 30s. I threw hand grenades into my own life three times because I didn’t have any patience.
I wanted everything right now and then I wanted more.
But getting to the good stuff takes time. It’s a long journey filled with little changes that make a huge difference over the years.
That’s why the backward steps don’t matter. They’re just little blips on a long journey.
But here’s the caveat.
You’ve got to create a sense of urgency around whatever goals you set for yourself. Patience won’t help you if you never start the journey in the first place.
That’s the irony.
We need to have that sense of urgency but we’ve got to exercise patience when pushing forward.
Start by handling the backward steps a little better. See them for what they are.
They’re not reasons to quit trying to make the changes that you want in life.
They’re opportunities to bounce back stronger than ever before.
I believe in you.