Acknowledging Effort and Progress
Saturday, June 02, 2012
So I read about a nifty little strategy to develop greater self-discipline by doing things everyday. That is, get a calendar, and put a big "X" through each day that you do that thing. This, at least for some, will be a visual motivation to keep going because you don't want to break the chain of X's. (Of course, I will also keep track of these goals using the "other goals" on SparkPeople as well
Here's the thing though - like for example, my professor who's working with me right now to get into a PhD program after I graduate wants me to study my French 2 hours a day this summer. I'm sorry, but that's A LOT! It's not I'm not willing to do that, it's just it's a big commitment and it will challenge me. I'm such an all or nothing person that I fear if I just mark off the days where I do all 2 hours I will find myself frustrated. Solution? Even if I don't get all 2 hours in, I will still acknowledge that I worked on it that day. The "X" will be a different color - I DID NOT fully meet my goal, but effort was put forth - and you know what? Some days 2 hours of French simply WON'T happen, and I know my professor knows that and he knows that I know that. But I don't want to get trapped into the "I must do 2 hours or it doesn't matter" because that will turn into "I won't be able to do 2 hours today, so what's the point of doing 45 minutes?"
I'm just finding for me that's so important. I'm not going to be perfect all of the time, and I know that anyone who has been on their journey here for any extended amount of time or has previous weight loss attempts in the past will agree with me. It's just so important though, I feel, to celebrate the victories - even when we do "fall short".