Saturday, February 05, 2011
MAKE IT HAPPEN
Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but sail we must, and not drift, nor lie at anchor. - Oliver Wendell Holmes
It is only a month into the new year, and little has changed. I continue to make the usual ‘do’ lists, complete with goals and deadlines and I continue to sail right past most of them, only to put them on the next list. My heart’s desire is to break this pattern. I am puzzled that I can set a deadline to finish xyz project and successfully complete it, but have not been successful when it comes to my weight loss and fitness goals. It may have something to do with “doing the same thing over & over & hoping for a new result”.
I suspect my immaturity may be bleeding through. Truth is, I’d rather do something fun than exercise and I’d rather eat what I want than eat for my good health. (Ya think?) Bottom line; I’m not doing what I know I should be doing. It’s the girl behind the green eyes in the mirror to blame – no one else. There will always be something fun to do every day. I need to make ‘fun’ things a reward for doing the right things; kinda like getting dessert once I eat all my veggies. I think one of the things that trips me up is the duration of such a project as getting healthy.
My goal for the rest of February is to track all my nutrition, do 3 P90X workouts weekly, and have 3 hours of weekly cardio. Speaking of cardio, the elliptical is the only option I am able to do. It is time to stop dwelling on what I can’t do, and concentrate on what I can. Once I have done the days required exercise, I can move on to the ‘fun-ner’ things. No excuses. Saying that I will do it in the future is setting myself up for failure. I will accomplish my goal because I am DONE procrastinating. I read somewhere that your future self is even more likely to put it off than you are today because you’ve already established a pattern that putting off that important thing is okay. What that says to me is that I am no less likely to stop procrastinating in the future than I am today. I am taking control.
Is it time for you to quit depending on your future self to take care of things? Get out of Debt? Go back to School? Save for your kids College? Or Retirement? Get Healthy?