Did you wolf down a bag of chips on what was supposed to be your first day back at the gym? Perhaps you binge watched an entire series when you resolved to take a break from television? Here’s the good news: you can be human and successful when it comes to your New Year’s resolutions.

The last thing you want to do when you commit a New Year’s resolution blunder is to get so down on yourself that you throw in the towel. Keep in mind that you’re on a journey. Your New Year’s resolution isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. It requires focus, a steady trot, and the ability to pick yourself back up when you fall. There’s not one person on Earth who hasn’t had setbacks when they’re working toward a new goal.

Whenever someone decides to make a change in their lives, they’re going to slip-up. It’s normal to take two steps forward and one step back. At the end of the day, you’re still moving forward. Making strides isn’t about perfection, it’s about perseverance. So you ate those chocolate covered doughnuts – for your next meal, have a salad. So you skipped the gym – stay for 15 minutes longer the next day.

If you find yourself struggling, take these three steps immediately:


What caused you to slip?

Plan ahead:

Think of one thing you can do to prevent yourself from making the same mistake twice.

Make amends:

Find a way to make it up to yourself.

Everyone fails at some point. When it happens to you, just be sure to fail forward. It requires that you commit and lean into the endeavor with all you have.

“Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.” –Napoleon Hill