Did you promise to yourself that you’ll eat healthy, but you just stuffed your face with pizza and sweets? Did you commit to being more careful with your money, but you’ve just wasted some of your money on something useless? Are you trying to become a better spouse, but you weren’t attentive enough to your partner throughout the day?
Don’t guilt trip yourself. You can’t change your past. What’s done is done. Forgive yourself, ask for forgiveness if necessary, and move on. We’re all human and discipline is a weak muscle that sometimes doesn’t hold up under pressure. If you have a daily goal and you miss it some days, don’t think over and over again how could your discipline slackened and how weak of a person you are.
Instead focus on tomorrow. Tomorrow is a new beginning, a new day to start over. Every day when you wake up, you have a new chance to prove yourself, follow your goals and invest into yourself to enjoy the compounding effects of yield in the future. Rather than blaming yourself, be aware that tomorrow is a new day and a new opportunity. And so is the day after tomorrow. Every day, you start at zero and you build up from there.
Even more. Your every next decision is an opportunity to practice self-discipline and correct your mistakes. If you’ve eaten too much over lunch, say no to dinner or do extra training. If you were wasteful with money, save money on your next purchase. If you’ve just figured out you weren’t attentive enough to your partner, pick up your phone and send a loving message or kiss your spouse or whatever.
Trust me, you’ll make mistakes even when committed to your goals. You can’t be 100 % disciplined all the time; and you will feel guilty when you slip. The more disciplined you are, the more guilt you’ll probably feel. But that’s wrong. That means becoming a bitter and mechanic robot in the long term. Be disciplined, but when your discipline muscle gives out, don’t hinder yourself additionally with guilt, blame and overthinking. Forgive yourself, forget it, move on and fix it with your next decision or start from scratch the next day when you wake up.
Every day is a new beginning, every day is a new opportunity for you to start following your life vision. Just don’t make things harder than they already are. Enjoy life.