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8 useful strategies to maintain your achievements

8 useful strategies to maintain your achievements

It is always too early to quit. Norman Vincent Peale

Many people think that After achieving certain achievements, what we have gained with so much effort vanishes shortly after. One of the most common cases that we can see daily is that of weight loss diets. After weeks of effort and having lost a considerable number of kilos, with much regret we realize that we have regained that weight a short time later. Nor are relapses in the habit of smoking strange, having abandoned it with considerable sacrifice on our part.

In the field of mental health the same thing happens. Many people get rid of their anxieties, depressions, etc. to discover shortly after the symptoms reappear We thought we forgot. It seems to us that we move forward two steps and go back one. This happens because, like everything else in life, like any other achievement we achieve throughout our existence, and unfortunately, it seems to be more difficult to maintain what we have achieved than to achieve it.

A possible relapse can cause us feelings of frustration and helplessness to the point of demoralizing and causing us to throw in the towel.

Before a relapse, the best thing we can do is try to detect the possible negative emotional consequences that can invade us is those moments and fight against them with all our strength, and then dedicate ourselves to regain the lost ground in the initial problem.

Overcome relapses

1. When you fall back into the old emotions that tormented you (anxiety, sadness, etc.) focus again on the thoughts and behaviors that you had already changed before improving and return to work on them.

2. Don't stop thinking. Your ability to think is your greatest and most valuable tool. Think of realistic ideas that displace those that cause you so much distress, so you can achieve more appropriate emotions.

3. Don't be afraid to take risks, yes, calculated. Don't be fearful but don't be fearless either. Do not give up the opportunities that arise for not taking any risk as basic as being wrong or making a fool of yourself. Face what you fear and do it repeatedly, until it is not a challenge for you.

4. Avoid postponement. Do not leave for tomorrow what you can do today. Start right now with your tasks to fight your emotional disturbances. Don't fall into the trap of telling yourself: "This week I am very busy, I start next week"Or"Now I am very tired, I start tomorrow" It is already bad for others to deceive us, but it is even worse if we are the ones who deceive ourselves.

5. Keep it real. Accept the fact that the world is as it is, regardless of how we would like it to be and work to find alternatives to your complaints and concerns if they are not going to take you anywhere.

6. Assume it is you who decides how to think, how to feel and how to act and it is not the others or the circumstances who decide it.

7. Seek satisfactions and pleasures rationally. Try to find activities, hobbies, do sports, read, go for a walk, do volunteer work ... Anything that can give you personal satisfaction and that fills your life and takes you out of the house. But be careful, don't look for these activities fanatically either; It is not worth getting so involved in something that makes you put aside other important things like family, friends or rest.

8. If the occasion presents itself, try to help other people with what you have learned. The fact of teaching others what we know, makes us fix that knowledge with more intensity and fills us with strength to continue fighting.

And remember:

We are what we do repeatedly, therefore, excellence is not an act but a habit. Aristotle