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The wise person avoids the mistake of taking their foot off the gas when they see they are making good gains. I’ve been guilty of this most of my life. This is what happens when you are motivated by pain and the behaviors you took to get those gains are accomplished through will power and not through belief and identity. It’s like a thermostat. Your identity and beliefs will always bring you back to the temperature or behaviors you are comfortable with. You have to change your beliefs and how you see yourself in order to have the sustained gains you are looking for. This is the best kind of habit change. Please don’t let this discourage you. This is a great thing. You can make the gains permanent and ever increasing by changing your beliefs instead of just brute force will power that will eventually fade away. Also, remember this, just like a car in motion is easier to turn than one that is parked, a change in a belief happens best when taking action. You want to avoid losing momentum if possible.
Reflect on your last few wins or gains and determine if you reverted back to your old behaviors before the gains. If you notice you’re always hitting a wall and losing the gains you worked hard to achieve there are likely limiting beliefs keeping you at a certain level of success. Next, you need to identify those limiting beliefs and reprogram your heart and mind right beliefs. You can do this. You can make permanent and positive change happen through changing your beliefs leading to changing your habits. Atomic Habits by James Clear is a great book on this line of thinking. Read it!