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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!
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    Well, I thought I had commented on here, but I "liked it" instead. I did like the one degree more and actually checked out the website and read what little bit amazon would let me. Also, I think I may steal your commitment letter idea, because I need to do something like that, maybe it'll help motivate me.
    2844 days ago
    I loved this! I took that step three weeks ago and I feel like I am starting to build steam! Good for you! Well written!
    2858 days ago
    emoticon Over the weekend I took a long hard look at myself and I discovered I wasn't giving my all to this. Then I remembered what we would tell our children when they were doing a project, that results would depend on how much they were willing to put into it. If they did just enough to get by,that would show, but if they were willing to give it all they could, then they could be proud of the results. This is something only I can do,I can have help along the way but in the end if I want the right results then its me that has to do the work. I found this quote: "We can do whatever we wish to do provided our wish is strong enough. What do you want most to do? That's what I have to keep asking myself, in the face of difficulties" Katherine Mansfield. Have a good day. emoticon
    2859 days ago
    Good for you Debbie, I need to do the same thing! Watch out World Here We Come! emoticon
    2859 days ago
    Go Debbie! NOTHING can stop you now! You can do it!!! Great blog post - very inspirational!

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    Comment edited on: 6/28/2010 2:31:30 AM
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