"failure" is Inevitable
Any athlete or exerciser should know the importance of rest days. We can't go 100% every day without giving our bodies a chance to recover. If we're pushing ourselves, we need to give our bodies a chance to catch up. Failure to allow our bodies to recover can lead to injury, loss of motivation, and burnout. It's how we handle these off days, mentally, that determines if they help or hinder motivation.
So, we decide our body needs a break from all of the stress we're putting it through, and take a day off. We end up only getting 5,000 steps, since we didn't run today. Our activity tracker tells us our streak is over. We have failed. All of our hard work is gone. But, in reality, this is not a failure. It's an inevitability, and in the case of rest days, an important, intentional one.
Goals, Rest Days, and "Failure"
What to do Instead
Failing to reach your goal is inevitable-- no one can get there 100% of the time. But rather than viewing it as a setback, view it as an opportunity. An opportunity to recover; an opportunity to get energy back to go extra hard tomorrow. Who cares if you lost your two-week streak of 10,000 steps every day? You did something important, and don't let your tracker tell you otherwise. Focus on each day at a time, and don't get stuck on your "streak."