PCRM Vegan Kickstart Week 2: Keep the Momentum!

I was very pleased Lani Muelrath, a plant based educator and coach, took a forum post of mine and turned it into a blog post on her own website. It was a wonderful reminder that we all make mistakes, and that no single mistake is really the end of the world. Well, I suppose a few world leaders could make a mistake with the red button and actually end the world, but for the rest of us we can bounce back. My post’s aim was to show mistakes can be corrected and encourage those who are new to this sort of lifestyle to never give up.

IF YOU FALL DOWN, STAND UP!

That’s it. That’s the secret. Keep moving forward. Don’t wallow in any negativity about what went wrong, just do what’s right, right now. I’m inspired by a few things whenever I’m faced with a challenge like this. (which happened last weekend with a restaurant FAIL)

  • The number one factor determining whether a smoker quits or not? Whether they tried before.

Taken another a way, it means they failed. BUT, they have the desire, so they come back to it., again and again, until they make it stick. It’s the desire that matters.

  • Every action you do strengthens the HABIT of that action.

So you blew it? So what! The very next moment get back to the habit you’re trying to ingrain. Wear the groove in deep for what you want. If you fail at a meal, make sure the next one is 100% on plan. You’ll bounce back.

  • An object in motion…

Tends to stay in motion until acted on by another force. So you got bounced off track? Bounce back! Counter-intuitively, the more you do this, the easier it gets. The mistakes make us stronger and smarter.

IF YOU MAKE A MISTAKE:

DON’T DWELL ON IT

MOVE FORWARD

DETERMINE YOUR NEXT BEST ACTION AND EXECUTE.

RUMINATE LATER

Rumination is useful, and analysis can help you understand where the traps are to avoid in the future.

But first you must …

KEEP THE MOMENTUM!

Best of luck to all the Kickstarters and anyone else trying to rewrite their own story.

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About vegpedlr

Plant powered off-road triathlete

Posted on September 12, 2012, in Reflection, Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I enjoyed reading your thoughts here as well as going to Lani’s website and viewing her posts. I have to add that another great route when we fall down is to stretch out an arm and reach for a hand to pull you up, dust you off, and get you back in the game. In true sibling psychic -link style we both fell over the weekend with crappy restaurant foods though 150 miles away from one another. But what did we do? You sent me an email about your fall and I posted to you about mine. Together, we got back up, supported one another, and got back on track by discussing our future food and sporting goals. You made a reference in this blog post about smokers often having to try several times to fully quit their bad habit. Its also common advice that when you are trying to make life changes group support or even the support of one person who has faith in you can make the difference between giving up on ones’ self and pushing forward toward the end goal while leaving failures behind. I’m a loner by nature, a “suffer in silence” type of person, but I’ve recently discovered that letting people help you out and support you, even if they don’t subscribe to the same thought or lifestyle, can do wonders for morale, and getting up when you fall. Let someone help you up, dust you off, and encourage you to move forward. So, don’t be afraid to admit shortfalls, take the hand that reaches out to help you, and don’t forget to a be a friend and pull someone up too!

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