Food for Thought
Sunday, January 01, 2012
I subscribe to SP's Healthy Reflections emails and this was in my inbox yesterday:
Who is standing in your way?
Imagine someone regularly tying small weights around your ankles as you try to climb a mountain. Doesn't sound fair, does it? But that's exactly what you can do to yourself, a little bit at a time, if you don't watch out. When you think of who and what is standing in the way of your dreams, it's easy to forget your own responsibility. Even the best of us can be guilty of unknowingly hurting our own progress. Procrastination, lateness, being disorganized, pessimism, not being honest with yourself, severe self-criticism, downplaying achievements, focusing only on weaknesses while ignoring strengths, keeping goals a secret, demanding perfection, giving up after a small setback--these are all ways you can make it tough to be (and do) your best. Smart systems, the right attitude, and a promise to keep going no matter what will make a world of difference.
In the beginning of my journey to healthy living I participated in a motivational program by Steve Seibold, and I picked up a very helpful piece of advice:
Take responsibility for my success.
I've found it to be very helpful and a great platform to build my accomplishments upon.
I can ride whatever bike ride I want to IF I responsibly train for it.
I can weigh light IF I take responsbibility for eating well which means planning, prepping and chosing wisely.
I can find a job I love IF I put out the resumes and make the follow-up calls and send the thank you letters...
I loved the Healthy Reflections piece. It was on target and a good reminder. I move so lightly now I don't want that feeling of dragging myself from here to there. No sand bags of procrastination, self-criticism, lack of planning, unrealistic expectations for me!
Bye now, I've got to get back to climbing my mountain! Oh, and Happy New Year!