The reason I’m writing this particular post is because for the last week or two (it’s two), I’ve been eating a lot of really awful food. And I don’t mean that I’m eating things like cake and hotdogs and bacon. I mean that I am eating too much, too frequently, consuming too little greens, and drinking too much wine. It’s all about the excess. Winter is a hard time for me to keep my diet in check (I blame low levels of Vitamin D and almost zero willpower), and after two weeks of slowly slipping on my usual semi-strict diet, I’m definitely feeling the effects.
Combine that with the fact that I just broke my coffee grinder a couple of days ago and have no coffee here, and I’m kind of a mess. (And by “mess” I mean I’m slowly but surely entering Bitch Town, population ME.) Both coffee and cheese have crack-like effects on me—or what I imagine those effects to feel like—and since I don’t eat a lot of cheese anymore, coffee’s my crutch.
With soy or coconut cream, of course.
This whole diet thing can also be relatable to anyone out there who feels like they’re slipping in regards to their business. I find diet and business to be seamlessly connected. When I’m truly healthy, I work better. I get better assignments. I complete those assignments faster, with more enthusiasm.
Soooo….how do I get back on track? It’s actually pretty simple. Only it involves a lot of willpower, and I’m feeling pretty lazy. (Probably a side-effect of my recent crappy diet.)
STEP 1: Accept what I’ve done, and move on. This goes for anybody trying to get back on track, whether it’s quitting smoking, cutting back on drinking, altering food, stepping up their business, whatever. It’s key to understand that we are all human, we make mistakes, and then then we need to motor off in the right direction. Leave the past behind.
STEP 2: Make a plan. In my case, I made today’s meal plan for myself yesterday. I was prepared. I made sure I had all the ingredients. If you’re quitting smoking, make sure you have no cigarettes around, and have plenty of sugar-free gum to keep your hands busy. Be ready to distract yourself. If it’s your business that you’ve been lazy about, make time to get stuff done. No excuses. There will always be excuses—but time flies by. Take advantage of the time you have now.
STEP 3: Stick to the plan. This is totally different than making the plan. Sticking to it requires that willpower that I was previously talking about. Sometimes it helps to write yourself notes to slap on the fridge. (Sometimes your kids or husband make fun of you for this, but who cares?) If you need them, then use them. It doesn’t matter what others think. You know yourself best—don’t listen to naysayers or pessimistic people. Again, in relation to your business, it is YOUR business. Nobody’s going to do the grunt work necessary for stepping it up better than you.
STEP 4: Make it a habit. The longer you can stick to your plan, the better your chances for success. Create a routine. Mark successful days on the calendar. Challenge yourself. Reward yourself. You can do it; anybody can. Be your own best YOU. Make your business the best model of its kind. You’re capable—don’t let others distract you. Habit is key.
STEP 5: Acknowledge your hard work. And if you slip a little, remind yourself of step one. If you feel like you’re facing challenges that are impossible or aren’t getting the results you think you deserve (I don’t know whether I’m talking about my diet or my business at this point, but it doesn’t matter—they’re similar), keep going. Don’t stop. That next deal could be in the next cold call. That two pounds could peel off with your next run.
Just. Keep. Going.
So, day one of desperately grasping for the back of that wagon is just beginning. As I’m typing this, I’m finishing my fresh-pressed vegetable juice, eyeing up the half bottle of wine on my counter (which I think I’ll be dumping—I know it’s a little sacrilege, but sometimes you have to get drastic), and thinking about what I’ll do throughout the day to keep myself on track. If you need to change something in YOUR life, whether it’s to get back on that proverbial wagon or begin a whole brand-new routine, know that it’s totally attainable.
“What you are is what you have been. What you will be is what you do now.” –Buddah
You are the only one who’s standing in your way. Get out of there! And if you need to, go replace your coffee grinder.