Navigating away from these common traps can make all the difference in getting your veganism going.
The game of life is all about winning and losing -- and veganism is no exception. In fact, 7 out of 10 people end up abandoning veganism like a gym membership after the new year, only to wish, for years after, that they’d just stuck it out. It's a competitive world out there, and if you want your veganism to be a positive addition to your life, here are seven habits you need to avoid.
1. Letting fear win
When you allow yourself to be paralyzed by fear then you'll never take action when the chips are down. Every vegan who has lived in the trenches knows that failure is eventually the key to success. Take risks, recognize what didn't work, learn from your mistakes, and then move on. Sometimes mistakes are the key ingredient to success.
Words and talk don't a vegan make it. In other words, nothing gets done when all you do is talk about it. Successful vegans take action on ideas. They takeoff and execute, even when that decision can be terrifying.
2. Worrying about the success of others
Take note of the success of other vegans. Let them motivate and drive you. Just don't let what they’ve done consume you. Every person has the potential and ability to become a successful vegan. However, if you waste your time focusing on what someone else is doing, you'll only undermine and sidetrack your own progress. You can't positively grow and get better when you're worried about what someone else is doing.
3. Knowing it all
It doesn't matter how much experience you have, there's always more to learn. You have to be willing to be inspired and to learn from those around you. You might be an expert at veganism, but that doesn't mean you know everything there is to know about it. Humility is a virtue to be embraced by everyone – especially vegans.
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4. Making excuses
Whenever you make a mistake, claim it. Then learn from it. This is veganism, and in veganism you have to realize that things don't always go according to your beautifully crafted blueprint. We live in a world that does its best to discount veganism and what it stands for, so you have to be aware of that act accordingly. If you can identify a mistake you’ve made, rather it diet or even a article of clothing you bought, face it, and then you won't make that same mistake again.
If you make excuses for problems or mistakes, then you'll repeat them because you never took the time to identify the problem and apply a solution.
5. Getting engulfed in your ideas
Your ideas and dreams are what brought you this point. But if you live in those daydreams, you'll never be able to look at the bigger picture and understand the core of veganism. Daydreams don't typically include meal plans profit and words of encouragement, so it's up to you as a vegan to lay out those details.
Grab your vegan dream and pad it with plans that help you survive the short term and move you from good to great vegan.
6. Stranding yourself on an island
You may very well be the only vegan you know in the beginning, but you still know people. You definitely have contacts, colleagues, friends, and family -- so there's no reason to get stuck in a set way of doing things all by yourself. And yes, I know, most of them won’t be vegan, and that’ll suck. But you’ll be shocked at how many people you know that will take an interest in why you’re vegan, and want to engage in plant-based eating and activities with you. Be willing to learn and open up to those around you to help you succeed.
7. Taking negativity to heart
You are bound to come across people who don't agree with your vegan ideals. They'll think they’re stupid. Or simply be close-minded to the idea of it. The single biggest mistake you can make is listening to negative opinions and taking them to heart.
The more any subject or idea is, the more you can expect these people to pop up and tell you not to bother. And something like veganism is at the top of that list. Anyone with this mentality should be avoided like the plague. They are a poison pill to your success. These are the types of people who would have told Nissan that customers don't want automobiles because they are too dangerous, because they’re fast and computerized. Cross the road when you see them coming.
You're going to make mistakes. You're going to get a little sidetracked and lost along the way. But correcting these habits before you start your journey will make it easier to get yourself on the path to success.
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