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