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They say you should be specific

Monday, August 29, 2011

Doing more of my middle of the night reading....always looking for some motivation to keep going on this journey. Sleep would be nice but who's complaining. LOL

Here is what I read. Just thought I'd share it with you.

"When you set new goals for yourself, try to be as specific as possible. “I want to lose twenty pounds” is a goal you can aim to achieve. “I want to lose weight” is not. Knowing the specific measurements of what you want to achieve is the only way you will ever get to the end result you desire. Also, be specific with your actions too. “I will exercise” is not actionable. It’s far too vague. “I will take a 30 minute jog every weekday at 6PM” is something you can actually do – something you can build a routine around – something you can measure."


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DLG0505 8/30/2011 2:32PM

    I specifically agree! And I liked what Inflated said about work too. And most importantly I'm glad I'm not the only one up in the middle of the night reading or doing miscellaneous things besides sleeping!

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INFLATED 8/30/2011 12:37PM

    I thought about this blog since reading it again today. Why is it, that when we have a paying job, we get there on time and work all day? I notice that since I have quit working, I do not set specific tasks to do every day. I may make a list, but it is not the same as if my boss had said, "I want you to do this, this and this before you go home today."

I think we allow ourselves to get stuck in a rut. That is my observation about myself. What you have written is true. If I think to myself, "I am going on a trip this weekend," I know I will get the dirty clothes washed so I can choose from all of my clothing." Otherwise, there isn't much concern over it.

Someone wrote, "I put the PRO in procrastination." Maybe by being specific and doing what we set out to do, we change this in ourselves. It is something for me to work on for myself. Thanks for posting this.

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/30/2011 8:07AM

    Not sleeping emoticon not good but this is a emoticon blog
Thanks for sharing

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/29/2011 11:09PM

    Excellent point and now I am home from holidays we can chat in the middle of the night as Sally will tell you I am often up in the midnight hours !

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LODESTONE 8/29/2011 1:30PM

    Succinct! It's so easy, so why do we have such a hard time getting our brains around it?

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MONTY68 8/29/2011 11:59AM

    Hi Carolyn
Thank you for sharing this. I love it and totally believe it what you said. Our mind and subconscious mind is so interesting how how it reacts to our thoughts . One I feel is so important is the statement that " Tomorrow I am going to (fill in your thought). If we think about it tomorrow never comes, and why that is true, when we wake up it is today-tomorrow hasn't come yet. That is why I think for some, they never get started because they are waiting for tomorrow. As You said, we need to be specific "I am going to start Tuesday August 30"
I am glad that you found such a book, it has the potential of changing one's life.

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PAMBWS 8/29/2011 10:32AM

    Specific & simple...those are the best goals.
And don't overload thing at a time....

Great tips, Carolyn

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LLREED 8/29/2011 10:23AM

    That's great advice. How soon, and often, we forget this kind of stuff. Thanks, Carolyn!

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TIME4COFFEE 8/29/2011 10:15AM

    Good stuff Maynard...but I wish you were getting some sleep too!

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SHAPNUP 8/29/2011 8:07AM

    Thanks for this great reminder. emoticon

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INFLATED 8/29/2011 4:50AM

    Add some motion to the potion. That is why I think I liked the 10-minute a day challenge, it is specific and doable.

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BUTTERFLYMOMMA2 8/29/2011 4:27AM

    Great tips!

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