Last week I read a comment in my Weight Watchers magazine that was meant to refer to eating, but it seems to apply to life as a whole, too. "Taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster; it's more like a cha-cha."
Most of us joke about taking two steps forward and one back at various times in our lives. It's normal to do that. Setbacks are a perfectly normal part of life. When we learn new habits and behaviors, especially, we must expect that the path ahead won't be perfectly straight and absolutely linear. It might be more circular. It most likely will include some steps back.
So I like the idea of seeing this process as a sort of dance rather than a perfect march forward! When we see it in this way, we can be a bit more forgiving of ourselves, right? And it's a lot more fun to think of doing the cha-cha than doing a perfect march any day. We can give up the "disaster language" and the drama and accept that we're human and that steps backward are normal. Let's go easier on ourselves—and enjoy the journey, both the steps forward and those back. After all, it's progress, not perfection, that's important.