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Goals


Saturday, July 14, 2007

Today's email quote: "I have always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I have to be more specific." (Lily Tomlin)

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I have never been good at setting goals, and thus have never been good at follow-through. I do well when things are easy, when I don't have to devote a lot of time and mental energy to keeping myself on track. Where I fall down is when things become challenging, especially if the challenge is something I'm completely unprepared for and/or beyond my control.

I am essentially undisciplined and lazy. I say this not because I think it is a personal flaw, but because it is how I am. I am fine with it, and I can no more change it than I can change the colour of my eyes. Because I understand this aspect of my nature, I understand why I approach challenges the way I do: by looking for the easiest possible solution.

For years, my goal was not "to lose weight", but "to be thin". This may be a familiar mindset to other SP-ers.

Eventually I broke this goal down into "lose weight" and "get active". And nothing changed, because they were still too overwhelming.

Then I got serious, joined SP, and my goals are broken down into chewable pieces, based on my starting point and my desired goal.

The easiest thing to do is that which is habitual. And anything can be a habit. I am in the habit of not smoking, but for years smoking was an equally powerful habit. With time and consistency, I can develop the habit of exercising, of making good food choices, of focusing on portion control, and by that means achieve my goal of being thin (which feels less important now than being fit.)

What has really helped focus me on this is remembering that it takes 21 days to form a habit. A little time and some consistency, and all things are possible.
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