Don't Shoot For Perfect
Perfectionism is something I've struggled with my entire life. I've tried my hardest to be perfect at everything I've done. However, I'm here to tell you that the word "perfect" should never be in the equation when it comes to habits.
Habits should be thought out and planned. Every successful person, whether they're a successful business owner or athlete, created a plan to help them succeed. Every single one of them failed at some point, but they planned for failure and they got back on track as quickly as possible.
I'd say that most of us don't expect to fail and we shouldn't, but we should plan for it. Here are a few examples of what planning for failure looks like:
Let's say that you're planning to diet and you have a bit of a sweet tooth. Knowing that the pints of ice cream that catcall you when you go down that aisle in the local grocery store is your kryptonite, do you think that having that in your house would be part of a successful plan? Probably not. Keeping those items out of the house is planning for failure. How about if you struggle with being on time? If you struggle with being 5 to 10 minutes late, set your alarm to wake up 5 to 10 minutes earlier or plan to leave 5 to 10 minutes earlier. That is planning for failure.
Now, when you do fail, make sure to sweep it under the rug as fast as you can. Understand that failure is going to happen, but if you're planning to fail, it will help create that new habit and make it sustainable. If you find yourself experiencing the same failure over and over again, it's time to reassess your plan. If you're making the same mistake twice, you're on the brink of starting a new habit and not the good kind.
The key to building successful habits is to be consistent, not perfect. Never miss twice!