Monday, June 17, 2013
At work right now, I have been reading submissions for our work scholarships. I'm on a committee that decides who gets one of three scholarships for post-secondary studies. This has been a part of my job for about five years now, and I have always enjoyed going through the submissions.
Throughout the essays, the students are supposed to provide insights as to what they have learned from any of their past experiences (school, work, volunteer activities, etc). This is what I really enjoy reading about the most.
Today, in one of them, I stumbled upon this little gem:
"Something that seems impossible at first, is really just several sets of little problems that are easily solved".
So much of my weight loss journey has been like that.
Losing over sixty pounds seems daunting, and yes, at first it seems impossible.
But break that down into five percent, then ten percent, and so on, and all of a sudden it doesn't seem like an impossibility. The first year I joined SparkPeople, I made it a goal to lose ten percent of my weight by the May long weekend, and I came within 0.4 pounds of completing that.
This year, I have a goal of 2013 miles in the year 2013 (combination of biking and running). When I first made that goal, it scared me. But I broke it down into what needed to be done on a monthly and then weekly basis, and I'm happy to share that I am not only on par, but I'm ahead of my numbers for this year. Never before have I set such an ambitious goal, but by breaking it down into smaller steps, I'm doing it!
Life is like that in so many areas. Don't be afraid of the big picture.
Break it down.
What do you need to do just this week, even just today, or in the next two hours.
You can go after anything you can dream about.
Just break it down, and it won't seem so impossible.