Begin Again

Begin Again
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With any habit you work to create or goal you want to achieve, there will be mistakes and setbacks. But when you stumble, when your streak breaks, you must begin again.

When you experience a setback, you will feel defeated and deflated. Acknowledge that feeling, but don't judge yourself for having faltered. It’s normal to experience setbacks, fall off your horse, or get knocked off course.

Don’t let one setback steal your motivation and unravel all the progress you’ve made. You need to expect challenges, problems, and resistance. From the beginning, set your intention to always get right back on track.

This is a critical moment. You can chose to spiral downward or keep climbing higher. So. as quickly as possible, let go of the embarrassment or frustration or any urge to quit.

Make the next right choice. Start a new streak. Begin again.

For example, if you’re trying to eat a healthier diet, you should, first, never expect to be perfect at every meal, every day. Then, when you eat too much or eat something you shouldn’t have eaten, you can begin the diet again at the next meal.

In mindfulness meditation, learning how to begin again in each moment is a core practice. When you meditate, you will become distracted. You will become lost in thought. But eventually you will notice you are thinking, and as shared by meditation teacher Joseph Goldstein, “In that moment, we recollect the breath, and simply begin again.”

In that moment, we recollect the breath, and simply begin again.

But with anything you attempt, use the failures as opportunities to learn and grow. To succeed, you must learn from the mistakes and move through the difficulties. Those setbacks will make you stronger and may be what you needed to carry you further forward.

However, if failures and setbacks happen too often, then you may have taken on more than you can handle. Do less, until you can do more.

You can start over as many times as necessary — and you may need to start over again, and again, and again. But every day brings a new opportunity to simply begin again.