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Something that seems impossible at first....

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.
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  • v ANDYLIN90
    Small goals are the only way to get the large job done...thanks for posting.
    1101 days ago
    Nice blog - reminds me of "how do you eat an elephant?"

    one small bite at a time!

    Congrats on all of your sucess!
    1102 days ago
    Such a wonderful way to look at things! Sort of like that old saying.. ."How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time..." :) Thanks for sharing and for encouraging me too! I appreciate you accepting my friend request and posting the bicycle - such a good reminder for me. :) Day 5 and feeling so good about joining this community. emoticon
    1102 days ago
    A good blog. Thank you.
    1102 days ago
    emoticon for the great blog emoticon
    1103 days ago
    What an inspirational blog! It doesn't seem too daunting to break it down like that. I like your idea. emoticon
    1103 days ago
    Hi there, that was an insightful Blog for sure. Special friend. I love your goal making, even better accomplishing them. Mine were 100,000 spark points and 100,000 fitness minutes accomplished this week. I am over my 1,000 log ins and the major accomplishment to get to overweight instead of obese in imminent. Way to go, Pat in Maine.
    Please look at my blog if you have a minute My Raised vegetable garden in an old metal athletic locker. My own tiny farm HUGS and miss you Pat in Maine. emoticon SPECIAL LADY, emoticon
    1103 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/19/2013 6:58:00 AM
    What a fabulous way to make meeting goals more attainable! I've been thinking of "running home" (I live out of the US for now) and breaking it up small seems like a great way to do it! emoticon
    1103 days ago
  • v CANDOK1260
    Like always I learn something from your blog today I think I need to make smaller goals
    1103 days ago
  • v LYNNANN43
    Super emoticon wisdom, Judi!!
    1103 days ago
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