Finding ways to feel like you are always moving forward can be difficult. Sometimes it may seem like you can never change your situation. You may feel stuck in the same routine, destined to make the same choices or the same mistakes over and over again.
Here are some ways to let yourself know that you are making baby steps towards self-improvement. Constantly aiming towards small advances will help you progress to meet your goals.
1) Always do your best.
At the end of the day, regardless of how things turn out, as long as you know you did your best, you cannot fault yourself for not doing more.
2) Recognize you are not perfect, you sometimes make mistakes.
As confident as you may feel in your ability to make the right choices or the best decision, sometimes you might not make the right decision. You are not at fault for being human, or for not seeing the perfect solution.
If you have done the best you can, then even if a decision does not turn out well, take some comfort in knowing no one can be right all the time.
3) Challenge yourself and step out of your comfort zone.
There is comfort in keeping to the same choices, the same routine and the same predictable path. Sometimes we are forced to step outside our safe situation due to health issues, or a job change involving a move across the country.
Tell yourself that it will be okay even if you fail or it doesn’t go well. You will never know if you can do something different if you don’t try.
4) Learn to do things alone.
The rhythm of doing activities with other people is really different than when you go it alone. This is true whether you're traveling to another country or going to the movies or a restaurant without someone else to rely on.
Being in this type of situation can actually be quite calming in a backwards kind of a way, as you must rely on your own inner voice to direct you on how you want to do things.
Putting other’s needs first is something we as women and moms tend to do.
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