It happens to all of us. We hit a dry spell.
A dry spell is a period of time when progress comes to a grinding halt. If you're trying to lose weight, you hit a plateau or even gain a few pounds. If you're looking for a job, nobody is responding to your resume.
You exercised for a week and then all of a sudden you realize you haven't exercised in two weeks. Or you were eating whole foods and fresh vegetables a while back but now finding yourself nibbling on brownies or having pizza for dinner.
(We all know how challenging it is gain control over PCOS and to reclaim our good health.)
You know when you've hit a dry spell.
It's a time when you're likely to feel frustrated and discouraged. You may compensate for these feelings by "trying harder" (and failing), or just giving up.
This is also the time when self-doubt rears its ugly head. Maybe you begin to question yourself and your goals. Your Inner Critic begins to tell you that you are to blame, you are weak, you can't do anything right, etc., etc.
In this situation, a good approach is to be patient. Sit back, take a deep breath, reevaluate the situation. Know that you are not at a dead-end; just over the horizon there is a path that will lead where you most need to go.
Sometimes a dry spell is simply a challenge to maintain faith.
We need to trust that all is happening as it should even when we can't yet see results. Other times it may be that we need to loosen our grip and let go of the past -- an old habit, an outdated belief, or a strategy that doesn't serve us anymore.
Sometimes this letting go is more tangible, like ending an unsupportive relationship to set the stage for becoming the "new you."
At other times it might be that you need to let go of an unrealistic expectation about your body, your relationship, your financial condition, or your other circumstances.
In any case, there's no reason to lose hope. A dry spell is an opportunity to reevaluate your progress so you can redirect the course of your life.
Ask yourself this question: "What do I need to let go of in order to welcome in the new life I desire?"
Pay attention to what immediately comes to mind. Listen with your heart and write down the answers regardless of how strange or unexpected they may be. Then, sit with this information for a while before taking action.
Next, proceed to action with a patient heart.
When you understand that dry spells are merely speed bumps on the road to a great life, you'll begin to see them as gifts, as a reminder to slow down so you can get your bearings, reevaluate your plans, and slowly shed the old you to make way for the new.