Challenges are bound to happen along the way to success.
Some days we feel like we’re riding on a high and everything is going the way we want.
Other days it feels like we’re taking ten steps back and that nothing will ever change: we feel stuck, demotivated and drained of the “magical energy”.
This tends to happen at some point after the excitement and novelty of our new commitments wear off.
Towards the end of his first month on our 180" shift, our client Daniel actually felt like he was regressing instead of progressing: he was feeling more bloated and his stomach was uncomfortable since switching to a plant based diet (a common problem due to the increase in fiber in the diet).
He hadn't lost much weight and was finding the new workouts too challenging.
With encouragement and continuous reminders that his despondency was a normal part of the process, he stuck with it and by the end of the third month, he achieved results beyond his greatest expectations, losing 9kg on the program.
It is important to remember that what we may perceive as failures are an integral part of the journey.
Progress is never linear; you are not going to get better and better every day, without ever feeling stuck or having ups and downs.
You must regularly step back and think of the big picture.
If you are taking the key steps for you, there is no doubt that you are making progress, even if some days it doesn't feel like it.
If you give up as soon as the first doubt creeps into your mind, you are denying yourself a chance to notice improvements and build momentum.
Stay strong, trust the process, continue to train your mind and remember, a watched pot never boils!