Friday, June 3, 2011

Now that you've had that talk with yourself...

about what you want to accomplish, and why, you need to make a decision.  And it has to be definitive and achievable, so think carefully about this before you try to commit. 

Perhaps the weakest reason and the least likely to work is that you want to make a change solely for appearance.  When that's the goal, it's easy to lose sight of the bigger picture, and to get frustrated.  Because none of us will ever be completely perfect, right?  Even if you decide to have plastic surgery, the results are rarely everything you had hoped for, and sometimes it makes things worse.  Focusing on more concrete goals like taking an inch off of your waist in a month are more in line with actual accomplishment.

So, let's take an example of the process:
Q:  What do I want to accomplish?
A:  Take an inch off my waist in 4 weeks.
Q:  What do I have to do to get there?
A:  Cut out desserts and exercise 1 more time a week

This is just one example.  Maybe your goals are healthier eating.  This might be represented like this:
Q:  What do I want to accomplish
A:  Eat healthier
Q:  What do I have to do to get there?
A:  Stock up on whole foods like whole grains, fruits and veggies.  Throw out unhealthy options that are currently in my house.  Limit eating out, or choose healthier restaurants or healthier menu options.

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