It happens to the best of us.
After a long streak of great training and nutrition, we blow it. Or, as we say up in Canada, we shit the bed.
It may go on for days. Weeks even.
Bad food, way too many calories, and little to no training. And then it hits us like a ton of bricks...
...what the fuck am I doing?
You feel like shit. And it sucks.
But despite the awful feeling in your gut, this isn't such a bad thing. Check this out...
We know positive self talk is important. And nothing is gained by beating yourself up. Because of this, when we screw up and feel like shit, we feel like there's something wrong with that. Like we should be able keep on cruising without a second thought.
But... not necessarily.
Think of it this way.
That shitty feeling is like a lighthouse in the distance. It's saying, "Heads up, you probably don't want to keep heading this way."
In that sense, this feeling is a blessing. A little smack on the back to say, "You're capable of more than this. Let's get back on our game."
Imagine if we didn't get that feeling? We would probably all weigh 500 lbs and get blackout drunk 4 nights per week.
That feeling is a built in mechanism to let us know when we're straying from the path we've set out for ourselves. It's a call to action, and should be embraced for the value it provides.
However, there is a point when it becomes poisonous. And that point is when we dwell on it. When we replay it in our minds over and over. Tell ourselves we're worthless failures, not capable of anything.
This is the point when you become abusive, and this makes you miserable, and getting back on your path harder than it should be.
Which brings us to a crucial piece of information about this shitty feeling we get when we mess up:
Feel it, acknowledge it, yes.
But then let it go. And most important, take action.
Do the thing you know you should be doing, and that shitty feeling will fade into the ether.
No dwelling, no beating yourself up.
Just see the lighthouse in the distance, and do what you need to do to correct your path.
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