Friday, September 21, 2007

21 Day Challenge {Day 7}

Confession time: I am an 'all or nothing' kind of gal. It's not a good thing. In doing something like this 21 Day Challenge it is dangerous for me to miss a day of working on my goal because I have a tendency to feel that because I messed up, then I have to start all over at the beginning and let's face it, that's just not going to happen. I noticed this problem when I would go on diets. I could lose the weight as long as I kept strictly to the diet plan. But as soon as something would happen and I would have a slip-up, I felt like I had blown the entire diet. I did learn (after a long time of doing this) that the trick is to put the slip-up behind you and continue on. We shouldn't punish ourselves over eating a cookie or a piece of chocolate cake. Like me, many of your goals are life long changes and we can't be expected to be perfect and never fall off the wagon. So when I didn't make the time to exercise yesterday, I tried not to beat myself up about it. I just moved on to today and picked up right where I left off. This is a BIG accomplishment for me to be able to do that. So if you're feeling down because you skipped a day or didn't accomplish your goal for the day, don't be so hard on yourself. This quote from Emerson offers some good advice on this subject:

"Finish everyday and be done with it. You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities no doubt have crept in;
Forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and
with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
This day is good and fair.
It is too dear, with it's hopes and invitions, to waste a moment on yesterdays."

10 comments:

Lilli said...

Your pages are lovely, Jeanne, and I applaud you for your introspection. Making the world a better place starts with ourselves, doesn't it :)

Tammy said...

Really pretty pages! Love them. Thanks for popping by my blog...hopped over to see Martha on flickr...don't you just love driving that little car?! I played hookie yesterday and drove Maude to the beach. Very fun. Cheers...

Sue said...

I am lovin' your little birdie page~

paige said...

jeanne i love what you've done for rhonna's challenge. i would love to do this too...just can't keep up right now. anyway, thanks for sharing & best wishes.
also, thanks for the matthew link
xo

PJ said...

gosh, can I come back from missing 4 days?? I feel so bad.. I know, I know..I should just journal it..or should I LOSE four days?:(
I love the fact that you can admit yours..its human I guess. You are inspiring me with your day 4!

D. said...

I'm the same way! Only I think that sometimes I use my slip ups as an EXCUSE to quit...not any more. With age and a bit of wisdom (don't like using that word in reference to myself...makes me feel OLD!)I've realized that I can only get things done by getting things done!
Your pages are BEAUTIFUL*!*
And your words too:)

Christi Snow said...

That quote is PERFECT!! Thank you Jeanne for the introspection and encouraging words...and your page is beautiful! You are doing so good!! smiles...

Vickie said...

It's nice to hear you are all or nothing type of gal. I do that alot and I so want to stop it! Love the pages and your reflections.

Amy Castellano said...

I'm really liking your pages...and your honesty

Alison Gibbs said...

Well done on the challenges and putting the slip ups behind you.
Alison

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