Thursday, September 15, 2011
Been thinking a lot, lately about priorities. Not the daily kind (although that's critically important, too) but more about priorities that come out of personal values. I ask myself: in what order are the following priorities in my thinking: self, family, country, world?
Why this matters to weight loss is that it seems to me that priorities and motivation are inextricably intertwined. If my first priority is self, then an effective motivator for losing weight is that I'll look better and feel better. If my first priority is family, then an effective motivator is to live longer and stronger so that I'm not a burden, but rather a contributor to the family's well-being.
If my first priority is more universal, that is to say country or world, then the motivators become less clear.
This suggests an interesting dilemma. If I'm thinking about and working for a better, more just world, then I either need to find motivators that serve that priority, or else take some time out to narrow my focus. Or perhaps I can do a little of both.
The bottom line is that without strong motivators, I risk losing momentum and conceivably giving up on my weight loss/fitness goals.