Thursday, August 30, 2012
My ultimate goal is to live a healthier lifestyle that affords me the opportunity to engage in activities and personal choices of my own volition. Notwithstanding the rare exception on this website, most Sparkers would ultimately agree with this definition as to why they are here. This broad brushstroke does not capture the exactness of wanting to lose weight, regain flexibility, increase agility, feel better, etc. Moreover, the statement itself accomplishes little in describing: who (other than I), what, where, when and especially, how the objective is met. So until these targets (goals) are in front of us, our fortitude may wane as such a lofty declaration lacks physical form and depends upon circumstances often beyond our control. Alas, what are we to do?
I have written of the topic of happiness in the past. Happiness is a state of mind. Blissfulness is a state of being. I am convinced; we are what we do. In and by our actions, we physically express our human spirit, thoughts, temperaments, fears, and joys. We bundle ourselves with layers of meaning, truths and aspirations forming a weave of idiosyncrasies unique to us. So what does this have to do with a positive attitude?
Those things we do consciously affect our unconscious being, like saying a lie frequent enough it becomes the truth (or some version thereof). Those threads of positive thoughts, vocal expressions, self-adulation, and true accomplishments will make a significant difference in our mental and physical health. Thus, SMART goals preface successful journeys.
Specific, measureable, attainable, realistic, and timely goals are the foundation for a high percentile of success. Substituting other words for these (special versus specific, agreed upon versus attainable, time based for timely) alter the intensions of the process. This altered process may result in DUMB goals or dumbed-down-goals. Being a perceptive species, we will dump dumb goals like a box of hot potatoes and distain the process. To our chagrin, many of us miss the opportunities to positively promote ourselves with accolades and attaboys when proper behaviors are practiced.
Invaribaly, what we track improves.
In “What About Bob?” the silliness of "Baby-Steps" was the running punch line for the whole movie. But the premise of breaking things down into smaller chunks is valid. Make those intermediate, monthly, weekly and daily goals a part of your plan. Attaining these incremental goals allows positive moments in your journey. Positive moments lead to a happier you. A happier you is a more positive you (well duh!).
Be at Peace