I finally bought a copy of the The Spark. I have been on Sparkpeople for a long time, so I wasn’t sure if there would be anything new in there, but definitely glad I am reading it. Last night I was reading about goal setting. I have a business degree, I have taken leadership training etc. I know all about SMART goals etc, but there were still some things that Chris Downie said that hit home for me. Unfortunately, I don’t have the book at work with me to be able to quote directly from it.
Chris talks about journaling your accomplishments and using them to spark your confidence. It made me think about some of things I have accomplished. Last year, I applied for and wrote my PMP (Project Management Professional) certification exam. It was big undertaking, required hours and hours of studying and doing practice tests. I worked very hard, but I never doubted that I was capable of doing it. I put the time and effort in and was successful in achieving it.
A few years before that, I decided I wanted to go back to school and get y MBA. Again, I put lots of time and effort into studying for the GMAT, wrote the exam, got decent results, applied to the program and school that I wanted and was accepted. (I ended up choosing to defer my acceptance because I thought it would impact my family life too much.).
Now I am in a job where I have to get a certain level of French language competency. So I am taking French classes 4 hours a week. It’s not an easy thing to pass the exams required to get your levels, but I enjoy taking the classes and I know that I will be able to get my levels. I am confident and have no doubt that I can work hard at it and I will get it. Despite the fact that many many people try and fail.
So why don’t have that same confidence about my weight loss goals? Why do I have doubts that I can do it? I am obviously not afraid of working hard towards a goal. I don’t seem to doubt my intelligence.
If only the number of pounds lost was directly related to the number of diets books a person has read!!!
So I am trying to turn around my thinking. This is just another goal that I have, that I am determined to succeed at. I know how to do it, and even if it requires some effort, It will be so worth it in the long run. - not just because of pounds lost, but because of better health, having my brain back, being confident again!
EDIT 2012 09 12 3:00pm - I am just reading this over and thinking about it and I think that rather than WAITING for the weight loss to occur to GIVE me confident, I need to be confident FIRST to go after and achieve the goal.