Monday, January 18, 2010
Goals. It is funny but I was never very good at setting goals and remaining focused on them. There have been a few times in my life when I accomplished difficult endeavors, but I really can't remember whether I had a clear goal in mind when I set out to succeed.
One goal that stands out was the goal I made to stop smoking. At the time I didn't think of this as a goal. This was similar to the father that was in the second chapter of Spark. The father wanted to shape up to play basketball with his son. His loved one really gave him all the motivation that he needed. Quitting smoking was a goal that had eluded me several times. However, when my first son had turned one year, I realized that I really did not want him to remember me smoking. I knew that it would be difficult to explain that unhealthy, destructive habit. My husband and I decided that we would quit on New Year's. The motivation came from watching my son grow. Both DH and I quit "cold turkey" as the saying goes and did not ever go back to smoking. I laugh to think of how much money I would have wasted if I hadn't made that decision 38 years ago. If I had saved the money I would have spent on a daily basis, I would have a fortune. When I quit I think a pack was 35 or 40 cents.
Now I need to find that kind of motivation to accomplish my long range goal of losing twenty pounds. Any ideas?