Ultimate Guide to Habits – Part 5:

How to Get Back on Track

How to Get Back on Track

Even the best-laid plans sometimes fail. That’s life, and you have to be prepared for it.

But these setbacks don’t have to knock you off-course permanently. Often, you can get back on track with some very simple fixes.

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Here’s how to get a habit back on track, after it’s dropped off (in less than 3 minutes).

Systems fail because we're human. Sometimes when we get busy or distracted, even our best habits can go off track and we have to rebuild them over time.

Use a quarterly calendar reminder to review your progress with your habits, so that you're automatically reminded to check in and see where you've gone off track.

Setting up safeguards like this helps you get things done even when you don’t feel like it, and gets you quickly back on track so you can begin changing your behavior again.

But let’s be honest, failing sucks.

Even if we plan for it, it’s tough to deal with the feelings and emotions when we actually experience it.

There is a way to overcome those feelings and use failure to get ahead.

How to use “failure expectation” to stay on track after a setback

When I was applying to colleges, I noticed something interesting.

A lot of the people I knew were applying to top schools, and if they were rejected they’d say, “Whatever, I didn’t want to go there anyway.”


I remember thinking, “If you didn’t want to go, why’d you apply? And if you DID want to go, why give up so easily?”

Getting a “no” was only the first step of the process.

I fully expected to get rejected from my dream school (Stanford). That’s why I outlined a plan of specific actions I’d take to get in even after they rejected me. I was going to send them updates on my coursework, my copywriting business, and press clippings of articles I wrote.

Getting a “no” was only the first step of the process.

That’s how it is in other areas of life as well. From selling to dating to business — to just about anything. We need to plan for failure, and keep that plan on track when rejection comes.

Every top performer does this.

We need to expect failure and plan what we’ll do when rejection comes. Every top performer does this.
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James Altucher, author of Choose Yourself, talked about this process when we discussed how to deal with failure.

We all worry about failing on some level. But it’s how you manage the fear of failure that determines your success.

Success, though, is a tricky subject.

Sometimes when we push through our fears and overcome challenges, we easily get what we want. Other times, it seems like things will never pan out. How do you know the difference? And how do you know when you should push through obstacles and when you should give yourself a break?

Should you change course or stick to your goal (even if you don’t want to)?

Maybe the habit you’re working on is running every day. You want to get ready for a marathon at the end of the year. You aren’t running 100 miles a week yet, but you’ve been consistently staying on track by running a mile a day for the past month.

Then one day you wake up, and you’re not feeling it. You put your clothes on, but you’re not in the mood. You grab your headphones, open the front door, even take your first step, and you still don’t want to do it.

How do you decide whether to push through or go back to bed?

Whether it has to do with building a running habit or any other goal that you’ve already deemed worthy of your pursuit?

Asking the following questions might help you out.

Should You Push or Should You Rest? (From The Ultimate Guide To Habits)

Another great way of determining which goals to focus on — and how to set up your day to make sure you accomplish them — is to create a “fixed point”.

What's a fixed point? It's the non-negotiables in your life that you fit all of your other commitments around.

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How to Get Back on Track | Ultimate Guide to Habits – Part 5