Grace can be difficult to get from others and can especially be hard to give to ourselves. If you are on a path that includes well-being as your end goal, it’s time to start giving. A lot.

To achieve any goal, no matter how big or small, the first thing you need to realize is that you are unique, and your path to success will also be unique. Your life and your picture of well-being probably won’t look like that of anyone else.

Don’t feel shame because you don’t look like everyone else at the gym, in the pool, or on the trail. You may be overweight, older, slower, or your form may be less than perfect. That’s okay. Give yourself some grace.

Plan to fit healthy habits into your life when you are able. Whatever works for you: cooking meals, exercising, going to yoga class, giving up cigarettes . . . find your way to make it work. For many, that workout may happen right after work. For you, it might need to be at five in the morning or 10 o’clock at night and that’s okay. If your goals are worth accomplishing, they are worth the extra effort.

If you have small children, you may struggle to squeeze in healthy habits at this stage in your life. Be okay with the struggle. Enjoy these moments and know this too shall pass. The certain thing about life is that it always changes. Relax. The kids will grow and there will be more time to eat right, go on a meditation retreat, hit the gym every day, or sleep more. 

When you are feeling down about your efforts or your results, remember, there are no mistakes – only lessons. Your life, the people in it, the challenges your face – these are not mistakes. Everything you experience shape you into who you are and how you approach the world. Learn from the lows as well as the highs.

Life is a gift and this one was given to you.

Make it awesome – whatever your version of awesome looks like.

To that point, we are all just trying to live our best life. As you’re giving more grace to yourself, don’t forget to offer it to others. They may need it more than you do.

Approach every day with kindness both for yourself and for others and do the best you can. You will mess up. Workouts will be missed. You will eat something you should avoid. It’s okay. When it happens, sprinkle in some forgiveness and pick back up where you left off.

Every day does not have to be perfect to achieve your goal.

You can stay on track with what you want to accomplish.

You are cut out for this.

You can do this.

Now go get it.

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