Don't Get Derailed By Guilty Feelings

Watch Out – Those Guilty Feelings Will Try To Sneak Back Into Your Life!

The secret to reaching any goal is to keep consistently taking action and ensure you adjust your course as needed by taking baby steps and making progress toward your goals.

Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it?



Unfortunately, there’s always something that will throw a wrench into your plans, potentially halting your progress toward your goal.

Today I want to share a big one of those with you.

It’s something you should watch out for and be prepared for because I have let it sneak up on me before and I crashed and burned!

If you know it’s coming, it’s much easier to prevent it from stopping your progress.

I’m talking about guilt. 

Yup – before you know it, guilt will come creeping back into your life again and try to take hold unless you are ready for it!

We’ve looked at the guilty feelings that have been holding you back in earlier posts:

Focus On Forgiving Yourself and Move On From Mom Guilt

To End Your Mom Guilt, You Have To Dig Deep

Why You Need to Find The Guilt That’s Holding You Back

What Is Guilt and Why Does It Hold You Back?

Not only does guilt prevent you from starting to go after your dreams in the first place, it also keeps trying to sneak back into your life to stop your progress.

You’ll notice those little negative thoughts popping back in your head after the initial excitement of having made some progress dies down.

Maybe you start to overanalyze a sideways glance you received at the grocery store or you beat yourself up over having to work late (again).

That’s when you really have to be prepared so those feelings of guilt or self-doubt don’t derail you.

I’ve mentioned how helpful a journal can be when it comes to self-reflection, and it’s also a great tool to help you spot those guilty feelings when they pop back up.

If you can get yourself to journal regularly about your feelings and your progress, you will have something to look back on for reference. You have a record of what you’ve been doing and how you’ve been feeling. You can then flip through your daily entries and find those instances of guilt quickly.

As we discussed in earlier posts, it’s easier to get over the guilt and in this case, prevent it from taking hold, when you know what it is and that it’s coming.

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Reminding yourself of the positive impact the changes you’re making will have on your life and on your family will really help you stay the course.

For example, if you are trying to eat healthier, that piece of cake may be tempting you and you may feel guilty about not eating the treat that your daughter so lovingly prepared (sprinkles and all). Or you may feel guilty about letting perfectly good food go to waste. By reminding yourself that your health will be much better and that you’ll be able to run around the park with your kids, you can quickly overcome these feelings of guilt.

The same holds true if you’re feeling guilty for not going out to lunch with your friends at work, or not buying your kid the latest pair of designer sneakers because you’re being financially responsible.

Do you see how this works?

For me, it was a definite AHA moment.

Having something concrete like a journal to show you the progress you’ve made and the positive impact you’re already experiencing in your life is incredibly helpful.

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That positive impact can be a great confidence booster in reaching your goals and not letting yourself get derailed by guilty feelings, which will be important as you continue your journey in the battle against mom guilt.

In fact, it’s something we’ll take a closer look at in another blog post, so stay tuned!

What AHA moments have you had when it comes to guilt popping back up in your life?

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