A Reminder: Progress, Not Perfection

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Happy Motivation Monday!

January is flying by, and most people have either long forgotten their New Year’s Resolutions, or are getting frustrated by the fact that they haven’t completed their Resolutions yet.  A few of my clients yesterday expressed frustration that they weren’t “there yet,” and it was my job to remind them of the great progress that they’ve made.

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I’ve suggested that a great goal is to find yourself one step ahead of where you were yesterday, told you that continuous improvement is my ultimate goal, and even suggested that you don’t have to be good enough for anyone but yourself, but the topic is worth revisiting, because it’s so important.

You don’t have to strive for perfection.  You don’t have to be “there yet.”  You don’t have to have it all together in terms of your health.  I’d argue that VERY few people do have all of their health goals under perfect control (and I’m certainly not one of them!).  But, you know what?  That’s OK!

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As long as we continue to strive for progress, we’re doing the right thing for our bodies and our long-term health.  Slow progress still IS progress, and is definitely something to be proud of.

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So today, I urge you to give yourself a pat on the back for any progress that you’re making.  Remember, as long as you’re putting one foot in front of the other, you’re doing the right thing.

So tell me in the comments … What is one way you can celebrate your progress, even if you haven’t reached your goals?