Turning Up the Effort
Monday, June 28, 2010
A few years ago I attended a class for work and in the class we were given a book called "212 - The Extra Degree" by Sam Parker and Mac Anderson (www.simpletruths.com). The book starts by talking how water is hot at 211 degrees and by turning up the temperature by one degree water boils which causes steam and steam can power a locomotive.
The book refers to making a commitment to achieving your goals and desires. And by turning up the heat (effort) to whatever you are trying to achieve you will not only reach that goal but you will gain even greater rewards, just by applying that one extra degree of effort.
Tonight I sat down and looked at my weight loss since I've been on SparkPeople. It's been three months today and yes I've lost 10 pounds and feel great about seeing the scale drop. However did I apply myself completely, did I turn it up that extra degree? Looking back I realized I hadn't even reached simmer.
But here is where the silver lining comes in. I have tomorrow. By making a complete and total commitment to my weight loss goal and turning up the effort I can make the 10 pounds become 20, the 20 become 30, etc. Tonight I wrote a commitment letter to myself, detailing out my goals and the extra degree I will go to daily to reach these goals. And not only will I reach those goals but I will do so with a vengeance. Not only will I be lighter and healthier but I will be in control of my life and a better person.
Watch out world - the locomotive is full of steam and ready to roll!