If you’ve ever struggled with weight, fallen into the trap of fad diets, or simply fallen on your face (period.), then Eat to Perform’s Guide to Just Getting Started Day 5 should be no problem. Day 5 is all about PLANNING TO FAIL.
Plan to Fail
I’ve done it before. I’m sure I’ll do it again. And if it were that easy to accept, we’d all be ok with failing and just move our happy butts on down the road, right? BUT… If you’re anything like me, although I’ve failed many, many times in the past, I’m not exactly ok with it.
In fact, I’ll tell you a little secret. I’m a bit of a perfectionist. A reformed A+ student with a tendency to ALWAYS do the extra credit, even if I already had 102% in the class. Can anyone relate to that? If you can, then you know how hard it is to plan to fail at something, but that’s exactly what we’re going to do.
Like all good plans, a nutrition and exercise plan can go awry. You can have 99 great days…and then, poof! A crappy day will come along to throw you off your stride. Something unpredictable will happen and you won’t make your WOD, or you’ll forget your prepared meal and you’ll end up eating crappy fast food. While we can’t plan for everything, we CAN plan for one thing: our attitudes.
I’ll be the first to confess my weakness when it comes to standing up to whatever the day-to-day fates dish out to me! Flat tire? Better have a donut! Kid got the flu? Better skip the workout and make pancakes for everyone! Arguing with hubby? Better take a nap!
And that’s ok…IF it happens once in a while. However, when those little bumps in the road throw us completely off our stride and send us in a tailspin that’s unrecoverable, that’s when it’s a problem.
And that’s why we need to prepare for failure. Because it happens. Life happens. And, as Paul Nobles and the Eat to Perform crew tell us, “For a lot of people, failing one day lands them in a place where they abandon the whole process altogether.” That’s what we want to avoid. And that’s why we’re going to prepare to fail.
We all fall. We go off the rails. But if we can learn to expect it—and know how to forgive ourselves and get back on the rails—then we will ultimately succeed and reach our goals.
It’s ok to fail. It’s also ok to forgive yourself for failing and then get right back to the business of getting shit done.
Now, go succeed! (And then fail.) And succeed some more!