I will let you in on a secret…as dads we will make mistakes and a lot of them.
Being a father can be the most rewarding thing in the world. However, it can also humble you like nothing else.
In so many areas in our life we strive for “PERFECTION.” Our media and society is always reminding us on the perfect things we should have in our lives. We need to have: the perfect house, car, family, physical beauty, popularity, etc. The list of “ideas of perfection” is endless. The real trap is when we focus so much on those “perfect ideals”, that we lose sight of the small every day victories.
Sometimes when we decide to improve an area in our lives, we set that goal and bar so high. There are times when we TEMPORARILY fall off the wagon, we have a tendency to throw our hands up and give up.
This happens all time when we attempt a new weight loss program….
We have all intentions of eating clean all the time. We have all intentions of never eating anything unhealthy again. We go several days of eating clean and trips to the gym. We start to feel good, but in the back of our primal minds, we feel those cravings getting stronger for all that stuff we used to eat.
Then, it happens…
We give into our cravings.
It’s Monday Night Football. We dive right into the moment with some pizza, chips, and beer. You completely blow your new found way of eating healthy and staying active in that one night.
What happens next?
We feel awful and guilty. We give up on our new found healthy lifestyle b/c we know we cannot do it 100% of the time.
Don’t fall into this trap…viewing a goal like this will only set you up for failure. It is OK to indulge every now and again. The most important thing is that you don’t beat yourself up so much that you don’t get back on the wagon.
Instead of focusing so much time and attention on that one slip up, give yourself a pat on the back for all the clean meals and trips to the gym.
Focus on your Progress and Not Perfection.
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