90 Day Regimen Breakthrough – Week 11
Adapting For Special Circumstances
“the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray” (Robert Burns)
The focus of this program is to help you to design and implement your own regimen program, towards your own goals and outcomes. While the issues of your own habits and willpower are the central focus, this week’s exploration is of the circumstances or events which may throw you seriously off course.
When is it better for you to “go with the flow” of a special event, such as a dinner party for a birthday or holiday, versus when is it in your best interest to work to make alternative choice available for yourself in order to keep your regimen on track? The example of overcoming an addiction is one were it is crucial that the excuse of “just this one time” isn’t given the opportunity to be invoked.
There are always external events which could throw your regimen off course, and the first key is to ask yourself whether your current regimen is nicely on “cruise control”, with its own momentum, or if your formation of new habits are in a vulnerable state, and need to be protected.
Your homework this week:
- Are you prone to using special circumstances as an “excuse” to break from your regimen? Conversely, are you flexible and fluid, and able to participate meaningfully in an occasion, and then easily get back into your regimen afterwards, without residues (such as guilt, or cravings)?
- What could you do to better prepare yourself for unusual events which challenge your regimen? What creative solutions could you apply?