Good morning all of my friends and family out there on this brisk and chilly morning here in Maine … yes folks it is only supposed to be in the mid-sixties and cool over the next couple of days. So, I am sipping on my dark road blend of coffee like the scene of a coffee commercial as I am slowly waking up to take on the day.
Last night, as I was scrolling through my twitter feed, there was a tweet that was shared that stated “Dont mention a person’s past mistakes when they are trying to change. That’s like throwing rocks at them while they climb a mountain.” and it really got me thinking about our journeys here.
How do you treat your past? Some people live in one of two camps for the most part. One camp is the “forget it ever even happened in your life and move on” where it is just easier if it is never spoke of again and the better things lie ahead in the future. The second camp is the ones who embrace the mistakes that were made and use them as either learning experiences or as a catalyst or motivator to succeeding based on previous performance.
Which camp are you in? It is really important to look at this because if you know how you respond to triggers or memories that may be conjured up or come back to meet with you again, you will be more aware with how you can process through the emotion or the pain that you feel when it does. Being prepared is a key component to success and this is another way to build your arsenal to the daily battle and grind that comes at you fighting against you and your journey.
So, look at it, see which camp that you may fall into and then give yourself some alternative paths based on which category you fall into. For instance, if you have done fad diets all your life and they have never worked and through each one of them, you have learned from it and developed a plan of what NOT to do. This would be the camp that would embrace and learn from the past mistakes and it is key because it sounds like reflection is a key component with this one and can be used as a strength in the future.
If you are one that wants to forget about the past mistakes, then this might be something to look into. You might want to build the skill set to at least reflect on the mistakes to arm you with tools for the future but, if you aren’t ready, at least you know that is an option.
I also, because I know this will come up, am not talking about traumatic situations like abuse etc… This is more about our actions and what mistakes we have made in our health journeys and our eating journeys .. just wanted to make that clear.
So, in summary, use your past in a way that will help you succeed, use it as fuel!
Have a great day.