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Confidence to Achieve Goals

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

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.
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    emoticon , you are definitely on the right wave length. emoticon
    1990 days ago
    It is a funny quirk of human nature that we work hard at what we are good at, and then the success snowballs into more effort and more achievement. When I do my ST, the exercises I dislike most are the ones that are the weakest part of me, I don't have any trouble working hard at arms or legs strength, but lower back or abs exercises don't get the same enthusiasm. They should get more effort because they are the ones that improve my fitness the most, my arms and legs are already strong, I have to mentally make the effort.
    It is good to make the observation that you are capable of working hard and achieving success. It is harder to apply this to something you struggle with, but, as you have already proved, emoticon

    Today sugar was calling me like a siren. It usually doesn't but I guess when you decide NOT to do something, all temptations and opportunities are more noticeable. My DD made lemon squares for her sister's awards night, the ice cream aisle was tempting in the supermarket, I had no snack at the end of my work day before the drive home and I was tempted to buy something. I did resist, yay, success for today.

    1991 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/12/2012 9:32:03 PM
    That is so true, and your chemistry ( sugar ) does not help, you will feel your confidence rising as you go without sugar/white carbs longer, mood and food ARE very related!
    1991 days ago
  • ERIN1128
    So true! For me, I get really motivated when I read stuff - Spark, running or yoga magazines, etc. - but then when it actually comes to the day-to-day DOING it's so much harder. But we can do this! We just need to keep egging each other on. :-)
    1991 days ago
    I think it's easy to be confident in our brains, but not necessarily our bodies, if that makes sense. And often learning is easy when we're good at it. If we were good at being fit, we probably wouldn't be unfit :)
    1991 days ago
    Great blog!
    1991 days ago
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