Commit to Doing
by Rachelle Disbennet-Lee, PhD.
of trying to be perfect, it is better to do your best, and often
your best doesn't look like going all out all the time. This is
especially true when you are making changes in your life. Instead
of setting yourself up for disappointment and failure, allow yourself
some room to breathe and not be perfect. Life is a process and
it takes time, so commit to doing your best 80% of the time and
implement the new change slowly, but consistently.
you decide to make a change in your life, there will be a learning
curve. It will take time to get all the pieces to come together
and fully embrace the change. Don't be too hard on yourself if
you are not perfect and you do not do everything 100% of the time.
As long as you are consistent and do it at least 80% of the new
behavior every day, you are well on your way. You can also give
yourself permission not to be perfect, but to be in the process.
It takes time for any new change to become part of your every
day routine. If you give yourself permission not to be perfect,
but to stay persistent, you will have a better chance of sticking
with the change and not be overwhelmed by it.
is the road to disappointment. No one can do everything perfectly
100% of the time especially when you are trying to make changes
in your life. I have committed to taking vitamins and supplements,
which is all part of my getting super healthy. Most days I take
all of them right on schedule, some days I forget to take a portion
of them, and once in a while I forget to take any of them. I am
getting much better, but it is a process. More and more, taking
them is becoming a habit and just one of those things I do, like
brushing my teeth, but I have given myself permission to shoot
for 80% consistency, and not 100% perfection.
implementing change in your life, go for 80% consistency. Over
time you will become more consistent and the change will become
habit, but it takes time. If you tell yourself you have to do
it perfectly from the start, you are likely to become overwhelmed
and give up. So, instead of setting yourself up for disappointment,
create a structure where you can't fail, but only improve.
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© Coach Rachelle Disbennett Lee, PhD, 2007