I hate when I hear people say that phrase to me and I hate even more when I say it to myself! I really despise the feeling of “uh I should have known that would happen.”
As I sit here on my couch with an icepack on my leg, I have that exact feeling. I had a bike accident and ended up over the handlebars. What is really frustrating is that the bike I was riding was one of those “Craigslist gems” I thought would be perfect and inexpensive. Since that purchase I’ve spent more money on tune-ups and specialty parts than I care to share! So the disappointing part is really that I relied on this bargain bike that had already failed me once before (the tire came loose and lodged into the frame, leaving me with an interesting mile walk back to my house, since I couldn’t ride the thing)! So basically I was left with frustration, I was out money, and had a long, painful walk home…the whole time thinking “I should have known this would happen.”
And on that long walk home I realized a few things… the most significant being that it’s essential to know when it’s time to trade up. This bike had given me enough issues already, and I had an inkling that I would have more problems. Knowing when to trade up is especially important when it comes to the mindset we have everyday. Meg and I work with clients who have given chance after chance to cheap, low-commitment, health and weight-loss programs. Can you relate? Consistently enrolling in programs that don’t really feel like they’ll work for you is like signing up for a guaranteed feeling of “I should have known this wouldn’t work.” Frustrating? Extremely! Every time we fail in the past, it’s easy to get down with the notion “I should have known this would happen!” If this happened once or twice, that’s one thing, but to hear that people struggle with this cycle for years, decades, and sometimes their entire life, well now that’s a real issue.
It took me 28 years to have my first real injury from a bike accident and to solidify the belief that when something has failed you once, twice, then it’s time to re-evaluate. If you’ve signed up for a 2 week detox, 6 week cleanse, or event 3 month bootcamp and are still not where you want to be, then you know where I’m coming from! The idea of trying to skimp, whether it be on money or commitment, is something that all of us are familiar with. I learned my lesson with a Craigslist bike that wasn’t so much a diamond in the rough as it was an unstable money pit on its last legs. From now on I will put serious focus into setting myself up for success, and emphasizing long-term benefits over a quick fix!
Regardless of where you are in life (with a broken bike or with a long time health goals that still feels out of reach), all of us can look back at a moment and reflect on all the things we didn’t do but should have, all the times we should have known better…. If you’re sick of feeling like you “should have known” after each failure, you’re not alone! My goal is to get us all to a place of consistent actions that lead to results and leave you overjoyed and proud of your success 🙂
If you feel like you are stuck in a cycle I can help! If you know the mindset you have isn’t working I understand. If you are at the point where you are ready to trade up, book a complimentary call with me to find out how! All it takes is a willingness to change your mindset and the right kind of support.
Cheers to trading up! I’ll be sure to share pictures of my new bike, so stay tuned 🙂
Live your WHOLE life,
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