Fitness and healthy habits are a lifestyle. There is no such thing as perfection. Instead focus on progress, not perfection. Learn how focusing on progress can improve body perspective and put you on a path to success.
Have you ever looked into the mirror and not liked what you saw?
The answer for a vast majority of people would be yes.
Of course we all want instant results when we start eating healthier and exercising. We wonder why after just a few days we don’t see the results we want. Of course, sometimes even after working for weeks, months, or years, we can still be disappointed in our reflection.
My stomach/abs/belly area is something I personally struggle with. After having twins some things have just never been the same. It’s probably fair to say I spend more time critiquing this part of my body than any other.
When I look down at my belly I get one image. With leggings or jeans on and directly facing the mirror I get a different image. Turned to the side I get yet another image.
Which one of them is accurate? All of them? None of them? Does it even matter?
When we look at ourselves there are so many factors that can impact what we see. The position you’re standing in, what you’re wearing, and even the time of day can have such a drastic impact.
What if we stopped over analyzing and scrutinizing ourselves? What if we got lost in the progress we are making and not in the fact that we haven’t achieved perfection? Because perfection doesn’t exist.
For Better Body Perspective Focus on Progress Not Perfection
Perfectionism leads to self-criticism, it hinders your motivation, and in the end it just slows you down.
Perfectionism forces us to think in absolute terms. Fail or succeed. Win or lose. With perfectionism there is no middle ground.
Instead we have to focus on progress. Progress encourages learning, it’s sustainable, and it motivates you to keep going.
Do I want a stronger core? Yes. Am I going to give up and throw in the towel if I never achieve a six-pack? No.
One of the best ways to focus on progress, and not perfection, is to keep a journal. It could be an exercise journal, or about anything were you are trying to make progress.
I may still run as slow as a turtle, but it is still a smidgen faster than I was 6 months ago. I may never run a marathon. In fact, I have no desire to run a marathon. But for the first time in a very long time, I’m enjoying running. Because I’m not stuck on a speed I have to achieve, I just want to get outside and move.
It’s important that we see that progress, that we acknowledge it, and that we thank our body for it.
Our bodies need fuel, rest, and movement. So eat when you are hungry, rest when you are tired, and find a method of movement or exercise that you enjoy.
Don’t let the mirror tell you your worth. Don’t base your day on what you see or punish yourself for not being perfect.
Love your body where it is right now and what it can do for you. Acknowledge your inner strength and beauty.
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