Friday, February 01, 2013
2013 had an interesting start for me and it has been full of ups and downs, going forward and backwards, etc. However, I feel I ended the month on a positive note because I feel like I refocused and am working on setting my priorities in the proper order.
The two biggest issues are my diet and exercise. I have not been eating the way I should have over the holidays and it took me awhile to get back in focus.
My mantra has become "Strive for progress not perfection". I listened to the lecture "The Continuum of Evil" by Douglas J. Lisle, Ph.D and what I learned from that is that in the beginning of making changes there will be a lot of momentum and enthusiasm, eventually all that will stop and there will be a series of what seems like failures, the "down" part of the journey where all progress made seems to be lost. It is important to understand that failures are part of the journey.
It is when I am in what appears to be a downward spiral and out of control that I need to stay focused and always remember how far I have come. But most of all, never give up! Stay focused on what I want to achieve and continue to work toward that goal.
Understanding that there will be times of failure and not get discouraged is important because I will fail. My experience is that I am pretty good at the failing. However, in order to get to my goal I need to strive for progress not perfection. It is also important to learn from the mistakes so that I can avoid making the same mistake again in the future.
Just knowing I won't be perfect on my journey and that I will fail at times makes this journey more pleasant.