It happens to all of us at one time or another, we fall off the wagon. I know I’ve been there myself. I’ve talked about that in my Strive To Arrive, the story of how I’ve started and stopped.
It even happened here on this webpage. I got started and created the page. It took me hours and hours to learn about WordPress and how to put the page together. I got the bare bones up and tried out some themes.
I remember distinctly when I got my first gallery put together. It was at the end of a long day of trying to figure out how things functioned. Different things I did changed the way the presentation looked and it was frustrating. But I persevered. Such a great feeling.
The problem arose when I got the page looking like I wanted. It had been so time consuming and somewhat frustrating. I wanted a clean look on the page something simple that was easy to navigate which took people to the right places in a simple manner.
But then I needed content. I was at a loss. What should I offer? How should I go about presenting it? I pondered these questions and many more. I still think about them all the time as I work on giving anyone who reads these words more information to digest and use.
As I’ve said here before I want to reach a large audience. The more people I can help by my story and/or any information I can provide, the better I feel. It’s the whole reason I started this page. So I’ve been working now on products and posts to offer people.
Lots of things to come and they will be unveiled in the next few weeks. I still have to complete some of the information. Some of it will be posted up as I complete them as blog and exercise posts and some will be offered as a package. I can’t wait to get them done.
Back to my original point. I fell off the wagon on the website in the sense that I wasn’t posting. I didn’t know what to post and couldn’t think of how I wanted to organize it or go about it.
What made it worse is that life got in the way. Distractions abounded and my job was extremely busy. Some of that has changed now and I’ve learned how to manage those distractions a little better.
In addition I’ve spoken to others about the route I should take and come up with some good plans and ideas of how to proceed. It’s such a great feeling.
Falling off the wagon doesn’t mean you have failed. Sometimes it just means you have to regroup, to come up with a strategy. Sometimes you need to learn new things. Sometimes you need to reevaluate what you want to accomplish and how you want to go about doing that.
Once you have done those things it’s time to get back on the wagon and continue the journey. Wherever that journey is going and taking you, you need to get back on it. Life is about the journey not the destination. We all know what that destination is and its not something to look forward to. So we focus on the journey.
The wagon taking you on that journey could be reaching a specific goal. It could be staying sober. It could be creating your webpage. Or it could be your fitness journey.
There are two very important things to remember. The first is not to lose sight of your goal. You need to keep that in focus. You should have written it down somewhere and keep it in a visible place, somewhere you can see it every day several times a day. That helps keep the focus on the goal and keeps you from not losing sight of it.
The second and maybe even more important thing to remember; don’t beat yourself up. We all have instances when things don’t go as planned. We all fall off the wagon. Don’t agonize about how terrible you are or how you have failed. Its not a time to give up. Its a time to Strive to Arrive.
There are no regrets. You need to focus on the future and forget about your past. Focus on making you a better person, accomplishing those goals you have set in front of you. Don’t focus on what you didn’t do yesterday, last week, or last year. Its all about what you do today.
Its not important you fell off the wagon. Its important what you are doing to stay on it. Its important what you will do in the future. Last but definitely not least its important how you change your mindset to keep going and stop agonizing about your past mistakes. Together we can keep going and reach our goals.
Happy lifting and Strive to Arrive!