STARTING OVER, AND OVER, AND OVER is the topic which came to my mind after a week’s break from social media and apparently from my healthy eating lifestyle. Oh wow, how many times do I start over? Do you start over many times or are you one who is disciplined enough to remain loyal to any routine, habit, exercise, or eating program? We are about to get real on this blog post so no need to give excuses, justifications, and blatant lies, oops caught us didn’t I?
I have started many programs to lose weight, get in better physical shape, eat healthier, etc., and etc., and etc. I am elaborating on all of the extras by the over use of etc. but it is a point in this discussion.
Let’s examine how we get to the mental state and the reasons we repeatedly quit over and over again. Have you given thought as to why it becomes necessary to restart our engines, turn our bodies off, and then why we try to start our engines again?
First, an interesting article to ponder the ways and reasons to start over. You can click on Starting Over to go directly to this article by:
10 Ways and Reasons You Can Start Over
Once you honestly commit to changes, you’ve started the process.
Posted Jan 17, 2010
Instead of making a resolution, which most of us aren’t all that great at keeping, why not look for some areas in your life where you’d like to begin anew? Here are some tools to make starting over a little easier and your new year a little more emotionally fit.
1. Starting over is not the same as recouping from a failure. It is a new beginning. This mindset is helpful because it keeps you from wasting your time being too hard on yourself.
2. Moving through life is like climbing stairs. You go up a level and then you level off. Nothing is ever a straight shot. Have some patience with yourself and with your newfound direction.
3. This new year is also a new decade. It could also be a new life if you approach it in the right way. Sometimes little ideas can turn into big things. Try writing that letter to the editor or, if you need to, make the choice to drink a little less alcohol.
4. Endings are not necessarily bad things. Even if the past year was your best so far, the one ahead might just leave it in the dust. This is also true if it’s been your worst year so far, and you’ve suddenly found yourself unemployed or unattached.
5. Starting over may feel scary, but it’s really a cause for celebration. Think of it as exciting, and many of your anxious feelings will begin to fade.
6. Remember that your future is not governed by your past. No matter what has happened in your life, you can find a way to make things a little better for yourself, and hopefully for those around you as well.
7. Having to start over is different from choosing to start over. For those whose lives are still in chaos because of manmade and natural disasters, starting over is not a choice. Giving support to those in need and being able to accept it when necessary are great qualities.
8. Healthy alternatives to negative lifestyle patterns abound. Take baby steps if you don’t feel comfortable making all your changes on January 1. If you can’t stop a bad habit, start by cutting back. It’s okay to give yourself a little time to moderate or stop something that’s hurting you.
9. It’s not all about joining a gym to get fit. What about taking a dance class to get in shape and have fun at the same time? Starting over can mean chasing your dreams. We’re happiest when we’re moving toward a goal.
10. Starting over is about giving yourself a chance at real happiness. You will have to be brave and get good at learning new things, but how bad can that be? At the very worst, you will acquire the skills you need to start on the next project.
Being a pro at starting over I gave this some thought about the positive approach to starting over and not fearing it. Here are some of them for your thought process:
- Starting over is like taking a refresher course. We know all of the facts but some of them should be reviewed to make a deeper impression of the whys and why nots to contemplate whether this is worth the effort to try again.
- Lots of things in life do not offer a “Do Over” but we need to take advantage of the things we can “Do Over” and have a shot at achieving a better score, a fitter body, a healthier life, and a more successful financial situation.
- I think failure is not measured by how many start overs and/or tries but for the end result. How many millionaires and billionaires had to stop, think, usually feel like they failed, and then kick themselves in the rear, pick themselves up, and go at life like a winner.
- I keep the idea of starting over in the same mental category with the phrase, “If at first, you don’t succeed, try, try, try again!”
- How many times did it take when you tried something that you love to do? Did you fall trying to ski? Did you bust your rear end on the floor when you roller skated? Did you ride your bike without a fall and when you fell, did you throw the bike away or get up, dust your seat off and go at it with even more determination?
Life is a trial and a trial means many attempts at getting it right and getting the job done. Live Life, Love Life, and Live Life to the fullest by learning from your mistakes and improving all things by starting over and over and over again. Good living my friends!
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