Successful lifestyle change is rooted in kindness. Kindness towards yourself.

To have the empathy and understanding to not beat yourself up about missing a workout, having too many pinots or eating Ben & Jerry’s for dinner because you got carried away by the intricacies of quantum mechanics.

After all, progress is about learning to co-exist with healthy and unhealthy choices.

At the same time, it’s possible to be too kind towards yourself. When that happens, frequent excuses start to slip in—deterring you from following through with the things that matter to you.

Unlike with most things, the answer to the right amount of kindness isn’t somewhere in the middle.

Instead, lean into kindness as heavily as you can. Tune into your inner dialogue to notice when it becomes a hindrance instead of an ally.