Call It a Comeback!

Overcoming Failure on Your Health Journey


It doesn't matter how motivated we are to eat better, quit smoking, lose weight or move more – sometimes we slip. We are all human; failure happens. Failing is a part of life and happens in big and small ways. Each setback, small or large, is an opportunity to learn and grow. Here are some tips for getting back on track the next time you backslide on your goals.

  1. Awareness. Everyone fails, so why is it so hard to admit it? Understanding you're not weak for slipping and that you're not alone can help you focus on learning from the experience and planning what success looks like the next time you’re faced with a challenge.
  2. Process. Look inward. Take some time to think about the why’s and how's of what went wrong. Maybe you failed during a stressful time at work, or maybe you were keeping busy with social obligations and didn't make exercise a priority. Determining the root causes that set the failure in motion can help you avoid making the same mistake twice. Focus on what you can change—make your goals realistic, specific, and measurable. Determine where you can improve first.
  3. Forgive yourself. Slips happen. Your health journey doesn't begin and end with a single goal. Be kind to yourself!
  4. Ask for help. Look to others for support. Find a family member or friend with a similar goal to help with support and motivation.
  5. Try again. Give it another go. Understand that failure is just one step in your journey to better health. An important step that helps you learn and succeed!
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