When you are feeling all crappy about your progress, the effort you have to put forth, how you are so different than everyone around you, sometimes all it takes is a little reflection to get through the mud. I am the same way. Not that I am displeased with where I am. Quite the opposite. I am thrilled! But it does take work. If it didn’t; everyone would have it, and very few would want it. Anything worth having is worth working for. We pay a price.
Sometimes reflecting back on the times when I was still new is enough to remind me how great my journey is. I often ask myself questions.
What got me started, and why did it matter?
Does that reason still apply? If not, do I have a new reason?
If I could go back and start again; what would my future self, tell my past self?
If I quit right now, what would I do instead? How would I feel about that choice? Would that make me happier or more successful?
Sometimes it is really easy to forget where we were, and how far we have come. Maybe you have even taken a few steps backward, or ALL the steps backward. That is ok! Still, look back. What do you know now that you didn’t before? How have you changed as a person? Do you remember when some of the things that you do now as regular behavior actually took a lot of thought and effort before they became normal? It is amazing how doing things over and over with forced effort; one day just becomes something you do automatically. Without even realizing it, it becomes part of who you are. A new normal.
I am blessed to have a husband who frequently reminds me of all I’ve accomplished but I can relate to losing perspective. Stay focused, re-evaluate your goals, find your tribe (ahem, LBC Community FB group), and don’t quit. You’ll be happy you stayed the course, even when it’s ugly.