Tuesday, December 18, 2012
I have recently been reading a book about the role of goal setting to success. The beginning of the book posed a thought that really resonated with me.
Why do you think that some people have still been trying to reach the same goal they started years ago and others have completely transformed themselves?
Talk about someone throwing cold water on me. I have been trying to reach the same goal for decades! Of course over time the goal has expanded. First it was to lose 50 lbs, then 75, 100, etc until today where I have 120 lbs to lose before I reach a healthy weight. While I have achieved small measures of success, none of it has been long lasting. I get on a short run and do great and then I get distracted by one thing or another. That doesn't mean that I have been a failure; but rather I just haven't made success my habit.
I realize that while my goals are important they are almost always unfocused. Someday I will lose all that weight. Someday I will not have to buy clothes in a plus-sized boutique. Someday I will be able to do that high intensity workout. While there isn't anything wrong with these "someday" goals, I have to make "right now" goals in order to reach my someday ones. In order to lose that much weight what does it take every day, every week, every month for me to stay on track. I'm not looking for the quick fix so my priorities must match these goals and be realistic not only for the short term but also for the long haul. I don't have to get it right the first time but I do have to commit to stay with the forward direction and not fall into the laze of "someday".
As an all or nothing girl this will not be easy. I want results now and it is hard to accept that the days when I can only do 10 minutes of exercise are still successes even if I planned on 60 minutes. I know I will have days that I want to give up, and days when nothing is going as planned. I will accept this as my journey, not a failure, but instead view this as another opportunity to reach success tomorrow. I will stop living my days as the somedays waiting to happen and instead live the today that is in front of me. I will take opportunity to reach for success until it is no longer an effort but just another habit.