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Trust Your Plan

Friday, May 15, 2009

Things don't always progress smoothly form start to finish. In several of the previous days we discussed bumps in the road and roadblocks. The important thing is to keep your eyes on the prize and to be faithful to your plan.

If you have put your plan together and put it into place, it will have contingencies for these little foibles and an alternative course of behavior to account for them detours. You cannot abandon a well thought out plan at the first sign of adversity. Remember that whatever does not kill you makes you stronger. Calm seas do not a skilled sailor make so when the problems arise, stay the course and work you your plan and move forward.

You put a lot of time and work into your plan so the only thing to do is Trust Your Plan

  


Allow for Setbacks

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Lesson number 8 and perhaps the most important lesson so far. Allow for Setbacks

The path from start to success is seldom straight and oftentimes is obstructed by snags and roadblocks. If you had to drive from New York to Los Angeles, it would be nice to just point the car on the right heading, step on the gas and go until you got ther but that will not work. there is stuff in the way. Stuff like lakes and rivers and mountains. These things have to be circumnavigated. Even if you rise above these earthly impedimants, and take an airplane, there is controlled airspace and imclement weather systems and other obstacles. These seeming obstacles are merely opportunities for you to exercise your creativity and find a way around them.

When mountaineers set out to conquer Mount Everest as they do this time every year, it is not a steady climb from base camp to the summit. More often than not, the climbers are going up but there are occassions when they actually climb down for a while before going on up and there are times when they are circling the mountain, getting no closer to the top but getting closer to a more climbable section of the mopuntain. There climbers do not think of these as setbacks but merely steps along the way.

If ou are on a program to rduce your weight, it is exciting to watch the numbers on the scale go steadily down but an some weigh-in, the numbers will remain the ame or even, horror of horrors, go up. This is not necessarily a bad thing, it is a natural occurance. Stop and assess the situation. Why did the scale not go down. have you reached the dreaded "Plateau"? Did you have a sodium rich day yesterday which is making you retain water? Did you go to the buffet table at the family reunion one too many times? These are bumps in the road. You car has good suspension. the bumps may be a bit uncomfortable but they should not stop your journey. Drive around the bump or just slow down so the impact won't be so teeth-jarring and proceed across the bump.

Sometimes it seems like its two steps forward and one step back. That's better that no steps at all or one step forward and two steps back. Rememnber' it is not how many times you fall down but how many times you get up. Fall down seven times, get up eight!

Allow for Setbacks

  


Allow for Setbacks

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Lesson number 8 and perhaps the most important lesson so far. Allow for Setbacks

The path from start to success is seldom straight and oftentimes is obstructed by snags and roadblocks. If you had to drive from New York to Los Angeles, it would be nice to just point the car on the right heading, step on the gas and go until you got there but that will not work. there is stuff in the way. Stuff like lakes and rivers and mountains. These things have to be circumnavigated. Even if you rise above these earthly impediments, and take an airplane, there is controlled airspace and inclement weather systems and other obstacles. These seeming obstacles are merely opportunities for you to exercise your creativity and find a way around them.

When mountaineers set out to conquer Mount Everest as they do this time every year, it is not a steady climb from base camp to the summit. More often than not, the climbers are going up but there are occasions when they actually climb down for a while before going on up and there are times when they are circling the mountain, getting no closer to the top but getting closer to a more climbable section of the mountain. There climbers do not think of these as setbacks but merely steps along the way.

If you are on a program to reduce your weight, it is exciting to watch the numbers on the scale go steadily down but an some weigh-in, the numbers will remain the same or even, horror of horrors, go up. This is not necessarily a bad thing, it is a natural occurrence. Stop and assess the situation. Why did the scale not go down. have you reached the dreaded "Plateau"? Did you have a sodium rich day yesterday which is making you retain water? Did you go to the buffet table at the family reunion one too many times? These are bumps in the road. You car has good suspension. the bumps may be a bit uncomfortable but they should not stop your journey. Drive around the bump or just slow down so the impact won't be so teeth-jarring and proceed across the bump.

SOmetimes it seems like its two steps forward and one step back. That's better that no steps at all or one step forward and two steps back. Remember' it is not how many times you fall down but how many times you get up. fall down seven times, get up eight!

Allow for Setbacks

  


Come out of seclusion, mingle!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Hermits have never accomplished anything noteworthy. The only hermit most people can identify is Howard Hughes and in fact, he achieved all he did prior to his becoming a hermit. Other people form a support network to both give you good ideas and to give you a sounding board for your ideas.

Come out of seclusion, mingle! what do other people have to offer you. Will Rogers said we had to learn from the mistakes of others because we probably will not live long enough to make them all ourselves. I have paraphrased this to utilize the ideas of others because you won't live long enough to think of them all yourself. The only caveat is to give credit to the original idea person.

Other people can share their experiences and their knowledge as well as their ideas. They can tell you you are on the right road and give you encouragement. They can relate their experiences with the pitfalls that await you.

Other people are a great source of ideas, information, data, and guidance. Use them! Come out of seclusion, mingle!

  


Learn something every day!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Step six along the Top 10 Strategies for Success adapted from an article by the same name by Mike Kramer of Spark People.

Dennis Waitley is fond of saying "If you're green you're growing and if you're ripe, you're rotting". The easiest way to keep growing is to keep learning. Learning is a growing experience and by learning we are exercising our minds. Oftentimes by learning one fact or one discipline, we have opened the door to a myriad of other knowledge we didn't even suspect we would be learning about.

If you learn something today, then you start tomorrow just a little bit better than you were today. And then the next day a little bit better than tomorrow and so on as you approach your full potential.

Leo Buscaglia said that his father would not let the children sit down to dinner until they told him a new fact that they had learned that day. He laughed that there was always a rush to the encyclopedia in the half-hour before dinner but he also admitted that he still remembers several of the trivial facts that he crammed into his head each evening.

It's not hard to learn something every day. All you really have to do is listen. The world around you is full of facts that you don't know and they are there for the plucking so stop, look around and listen and then Learn something every day!

  


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