No Shades of Grey- “I have already screwed it up.”
You eat one doughnut and think to yourself, “Hey, I already screwed up my diet for today so I might as well eat the whole box.”
You eat several cookies and decide to finish the whole bag rationalizing that you have already failed for the day.
You skip your workout for several days and decide to take a few more days off, thinking that you already messed up the week.
Most of us can relate to these scenarios in one way or another. But if we really think about it, we are essentially saying, “Since I just screwed up and ate 300 calories, I might as well eat another 3300.” Really?
We do this because our “all or none thinking” gets in our way. It is either all or none and nothing in between. There are no shades of grey.
If we challenge this thinking the next time we rationalize that we have ALREADY screwed something up, we might be able to catch ourselves before we actually do.
Remember that progress doesn’t always resemble an inclined plane, going straight up. It often looks more like a staircase. You may take two steps up and one step back. Then another two or three steps up and another back. If you persevere when you take a step back, you will eventually reach your goal. Try not to confuse a step back with the bottom of the staircase.