Self Sabotage: 4 Steps You Need to Break This Habit

8 May

Don't Waste Time: Challenge Yourself!

Self sabotage is the worst. Just when you have all of the momentum moving forward and the scale is moving in the right direction, something in your brain triggers you to make a bad call. That one little decision turns into “Well I already screwed up once, how is eating blank going to hurt me any further?” We all know the story from there, one bad decision rolls into the next day, week, and even month. Next thing you know, the weight you put off is back, and your back to square one. This doesn’t happen with just weight loss, it can happen in any walk of life. Here are a few tips to help sustain your level of success and prevent self-sabotage.

Step 1: Set a Goal

Setting a goal is one of the most important elements you can have in preventing self sabotage. I don’t simply mean thinking out loud, I want to lose x number of pounds. You have to write out your goal and engrave it into every thought you have. Your goal should become a way of life, not just a dream or a wish. If you want to use the goal to your advantage there’s two things that will help tremendously

1.After you write down your goal on a sheet of paper, put down what you think all of the steps are to accomplishing this goal. If your goal is losing weight you might start with working out x number of days, eating protein, veggies and x amount of fruit per meal. You get the idea. I have more on goal setting here.
2.Put your goal on Post-It Notes and slap them anywhere you might have a folly. Think about any place that might tempt you to self sabotage. First in mind is the fridge followed by your office, nightstand, car, etc.

Step 2: Create a Team

It takes a team to win Championships and the key to a strong team is defense. Set your team up with this in mind! Find others who know, understand and can support your goal. This should be a group that you can easily reach out to if you need to shake of temptation. They should also be a group that knows you like a book and can easily come up with solutions to keep you on tract.

Step 3: Suck It Up

Nobody said it was going to be easy. This go around, you need to practice self control. It’s easy to let something slip through the cracks, but one mistake doesn’t make it okay to start the avalanche affect that easily gets out of control. It’s time to own up to your goal and decide if you are going to come out a winner or just have fun playing the game for a while. You can have all the support and set up that you need, but if you don’t have the responsibility and the respect for yourself to care for yourself, there isn’t enough support in the world that is going to help you out. It’s time to look in the mirror, put on your eye black, give yourself the meanest look possible and tackle this goal once and for all.

Step 4: Celebrate Don’t Sabotage

This is the fun part of setting a goal and meeting little milestones along the way. You get to celebrate the small victories of course! I HATE when others say you can celebrate by going for that sliver of cake (if your losing weight) or buying that iPad (if your tightening your budget) because all you are doing is setting yourself up for failure. It is that good feeling of those rewards that put you in the place you are in the first place! Sure if you lost some weight and want to buy and iPad, go for it, but don’t go buying an ice cream cake from Dairy Queen to celebrate! It defeats the point and only causes you to back pedal in defense. Find something that is going to be self-fulfilling without being a detriment to your progress.

You can do it! Set your goal, find your team, and don’t let anything hold you back. What are your goals through the rest of this year? How are you going to go about accomplishing them? Follow me on Facebook, Google +, and Twitter. Drop me a comment or question on any of those platforms and I might just include them in a future post.

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