We eat junk food.
We skip exercising.
We quit something we started.
Whenever we find ourselves not living up to our own expectations, the BEST we can do for ourselves is look for the GOOD things we HAVE DONE. Instead of focusing on what we didn't do, we celebrate what we did do!
For example, last week I traveled for business. Saturday I helped my sister move. Sunday I was exhausted, and today my son has off from school. I have been out of my routine and I missed 6 days of my newly formed Habit of working on my Children's Storybook! But instead of berating myself for "messing up," I'm trying to focus on what I did do: I worked, I visited with old friends, I helped out my sister, I rested, and today I am spending the day with my son!
By focusing on the good things we have done for ourselves, we have more energy and positive momentum to BEGIN AGAIN. And the great news is that we can begin again any moment of any day. It doesn't matter how many days we have missed or how far away we are from our ideal. It only matters that we begin again. And begin again we will.