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Dont look too far forward

Sunday, September 20, 2009

While I was away at camp, I learned a valuable lesson about reaching my goals that I would like to pass on. I made it a point to exercise as much as possible to keep my momentum going while away. I ran intervals on this dirt road in the morning and it was beautiful. Everything was perfect. I got to this stretch where I was going to start running again and I knew that it was a long way, probably further than I have been able to run at once so far. The more I looked at how far I had to go, the more I debated in my mind, processing the probably of success, how much is this going to hurt etc….. Finally, I simply went. I focused on the goal and started plotting along. If this was in line with most success literature, that would be the formula - stay focused on your objective and bingo….

Rather, the more I focused, the more I felt i couldn’t realistically make it, maybe I’ll get so close and quit - thats good enough and other bargains my mind and will began negotiating. I began pysching myself out of the prize.

Rather, I kept my focus about 3 feet ahead of me and never looked up - well tried not to anyway. A funny thing happened. My efforts became focused on making it the next few paces. Before long ( I cheated) I looked up and my goal was much closer to where eventually I just looked at the goal and let my momentum take me the rest of the way - rejoicing in the fact that I had gone farther than I ever have yet.

Some of us, myself especially, have a substantial amount of weight to lose and it stares at us every morning in the mirror, reminding us how far we have to go. Dont look at the 100 lbs we have to lose, rather look at the 5 lbs I KNOW I can lose in the next 2 weeks. Dont look too far ahead, you’ll get discouraged, don’t look behind to relish too deeply in how far you have come lest you lose your balance and do a rather inglorious faceplant for all to cheer and jeer. Rather keep focused on what is right here, right now, the next 5 lbs not 50. The next lap, the next rep, the next pants size down.
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    1172 days ago
    Written a few years ago but still very relevant. You should re-post this into an updated blog post.
    1271 days ago
    Need a button to say I love this blog.
    1628 days ago
    Again, another excellent point and exactly how I was looking at things. You know, for some silly reason, I get to thinking (though I DO know better) that I am the ONLY one thinking like this. Glad I am not, but happier to meet someone who got over it & passes on the info to help others like me. Another refrigerator one!! Thanks!!!!
    2004 days ago
    I really like this. I have been struggling with how much I have to loose. I know I need to take it slow, but I still want to keep up my momentum. This helped to bring the "set smaller goals" idea in my mind.
    2036 days ago
    Great blog and excellent point. I completely steps is what will get you there. Thanks for sharing and congraulations on your personal triumphs!!
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