Yesterday's Healthy Reflection really sparked me, and it got me thinking about how I've often put hard work into certain areas of my life while neglecting other aspects.
I give my all at my job -- always have! And I'm proud of the kind of worker I am: dedicated and efficient. I step up and take responsibility. (Tooting my own horn! But it's true, so it doesn't feel like bragging....)
With my fitness and weight loss, I often gave in to despair. I didn't think I could do it, and I didn't try because I didn't want to put effort into something that seemed impossible. But seeing all the people who succeed on Spark People has made it clearer and clearer that success is obtainable; it takes persistence, commitment and support, but it's TOTALLY DOABLE!
So just as I push myself to excel at work, even when I'm having a bad day, yesterday's Healthy Reflection renewed my determination to keep on keepin' on with this amazing weight loss journey -- regardless of the challenges that will inevitably arise!
It's not just achieving my ultimate goals that is important to me; simply having goals and working towards them helps to infuse my life with purpose. A life without purpose can feel so empty.
Living in tune with my deepest values makes everything just flow and FEEL SO RIGHT! Working hard, taking care of myself, relaxing and having fun -- all these are necessary for a balanced life. They're all things I value, so in a sense they're part of my life's purpose -- i.e., they give my life meaning.
(P.S. I am using 'meaning' and 'purpose' interchangeably, but maybe they're not the same thing for everyone. If anyone sees a distinction between the two words, I'd love to hear about it)
In case you missed it, here's the SP Healthy Reflection I've been reflecting on:
"Part of being a good leader and good example is holding people accountable to their promises. To reach your goals, you need to be a strong leader of yourself. That means making sure you live up to the promises you made to yourself and to others. Your goals are important to you. They'll also require some work. If you could put one person in charge of your most personal, most precious goals, would you hire someone who looks for the easy way out or just talks a good game? Or would you entrust them to the person who willingly takes action and does whatever is needed to make it happen? You can handle the job. Prove yourself trustworthy by showing up every day with your sleeves rolled up"