Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Quitter’s Circle, a collaboration between the American Lung Association and Pfizer. All thoughts and opinions presented in this post are purely my own.
We all veer off course sometimes and lose sight of our goals. But, that’s OK! What makes us who we are is not how many times we get off track or slip up, but instead, it’s the way we dust ourselves off, get back up and try again.
5 Tips for Getting Back on Track
1. Forgive Yourself
The very first thing you have to do when you make a mistake and fall off the wagon is to forgive yourself. Achieving your goals can be tough. It is important to recognize your slip-ups and then be kind to yourself and move forward.
2. Call a Friend/Family
Reach out to a friend or a family member for help. Use your support system to help you get back on track with your goals. Plus, having someone else’s outside view may help you see what happened when you talk through it openly and honestly with them. Plus, on top of all that, spending time with friends and family can be a welcome distraction.
3. Reach Out to a Professional
Sometimes we need more than just our friends and family, sometimes we need to call in a professional. You should consider this if you are working on a health-related goal. For example, lowering your blood pressure, getting your weight down, or quitting smoking may warrant the support of a healthcare provider.
4. Make a Plan
It’s time to get back on track, but how will you do it? You can make a plan so you are ready to work toward your goal. Think about what you will do day one. What about that first week? First month? Set small manageable goals and work your way to them so it is never too overwhelming.
5. Think About What You Would Do Differently
You are ready to start with your new plan, but it is important to honestly think about what you would do differently once you start again. Think about the steps of your plan and how you can stay on course this time.
If you are out with friends and one of them offers you a cigarette, but you are trying to quit smoking, how can you avoid that trigger moment? What about telling your friends that you are trying to quit so they know your situation in the future? What can you do when you have the urge to smoke while quitting?
Bonus: Consider joining a support community. If you’re a smoker and are trying to quit, Quitter’s Circle may be a good place for you to turn.