Step 9- "Pave the Way for Persistence"
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
So I am finally at Step 9...yippee..and one of my favorite topics is here: PERSISTENCE.
Dean Anderson tells us to surround ourselves "with excellence" by locating inspirational "success stories" on SP and re-reading them; by actively "associating" ourselves with people who have similar goals; by sharing our "Vision Statement" with supportive people we trust and those who will prod us when we need it most; and lastly, by staying away from the nay sayers.
Eliminate all the "negative cues and triggers" that you can. Mine is television...I have got to switch those food ads and try to every chance I get...that's what that multi-billion dollar industry is about...to get me to eat...and not necessarily good foods either! Anderson says to keep updating your "vision and your goals". This means via pictures or anything that will help you keep up the good fight.
He also tells us to "go public" because the more support we have the better off we are. Besides, you will be more apt to live up to the expectations.
Anderson speaks about rewarding "success, but don't punish yourself for failures". You don't want to "fall into the trap of beating yourself up", you need to constantly be persistent and start over that minutes, that night, that next day. Helping another person while you are struggling is helpful to that person and in return, it helps you as well.
When you are persistent, you are determined, you doggedly pursue your goal, and you are resolute in finishing the goal. May everyone be blessed with persistence!!!!
This blog is written to address each of the 10 steps in the SP "Mind over Body" series. Check it out under the 'Healthy Lifestyle', 'Wellness section'. The series is a compilation of different authors, but the steps are written by Dean Anderson Behavioral Psychology Expert. This is all "my" interpretation and response to it so I encourage you to read his article for yourself.