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Chapter 4: Fire

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Staying motivated can be one of the most difficult parts of setting and reaching goals. I really enjoyed the positive outlook of this chapter. It was really good to realize that self-discipline does not mean beating yourself into submission, but more about learning to work with yourself in a positive way. I think I will just name a few concepts and things that I really liked about this chapter.

The Personal Leadership Arsenal:
*Get organized
* Stretch yourself, but don't break
*Be a visualizer
*Learn and do whatever you want
*Don't worry about what other people think
*Innovate and be creative

I liked the idea of the "tipping point" which was new to me. This is where something that was hard to do becomes easy, and in fact very natural. It is easier to do it than not to do it. It is like momentum.

I also like the idea of the upper spiral and positivity, which is something I'm really interested in exploring more.

The story about Ernest Shackleton and his crew surviving for a year in the Antarctic before being rescued was fascinating, but so were lots of the other little stories of personal victories of Spark members.

I also liked the idea of having fun, making it an adventure, embracing the inner-child. All of these things were things that made me want to work at things and feel like I could work at goals instead of being unhappy or resentful. This was a great chapter. I think I should probably remember to read this one again a few times until I internalize the concepts better.
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    Reading it again would be a good motivator, especially about the people in the Antartic. The book says that they were there for over a year. Living was a definate priority. I also liked the idea of the tipping point and guess I had not thought of it like the book put it. Much to think on in that chapter.
    2107 days ago
    Enjoyed your perspective on this chapter. Gave me some extra insight on it. Thanks for sharing.
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    2215 days ago
    There is so much to this book. Each chapter contains a wealth of knowledge and insight. I am currently reading another weight loss book but am planning to go back and reread The Spark again.

    I struggle with motivation and staying on fire a great deal. I tend to give up at the first sign of backsliding because I beat myself up so much. This is something that still needs to change for me.
    2235 days ago
    I think the biggest sabateur of diet/exercise is resentment. If we resent our new lifestyle because of what we are "missing out on" then we will probably gain all the weight back over time. But if we can recognize the increased strength and energy from exercising and appreciate the lack of extreme ups and down from eating junk food and the great feeling of wellbeing from consistently eating the healthy food then we are more likely to embrace this journey as a lifestyle change for the rest of our lives.

    2248 days ago
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