Each stage provides us the necessary path to keep moving forward. Most people typically cut their goals loose around 3 weeks in. Instead of viewing this as a "failure", we could instead view it as a period of relapse, which means that not all is lost but merely challenged by the comfort of our old routines.
Often, people mistakenly think joy is synonymous with happiness. The difference: to be happy is temporary and joy, rather, is a state of mind. So how do we get from happiness to joy? How do we get from a fleeting moment of feeling good to consistent and unparalleled joy? With gratitude.
“Someone once said to me about six years ago that we recycle the same five thoughts every day. When I heard that, I paid attention to what thoughts were taking up space in my head, and then I figured out if they were there via invitation or if they were uninvited guests."