The Reality of Time
It’s Sunday morning – the day we get an extra hour of sleep as we “Fall Back”. While procrastinating this morning, drinking my coffee extra slow before my morning run, I am reflecting on how we view time. Isn’t it funny how time seems SO LONG when you are talking about the future, yet it seems wickedly FAST when talking about the past?
One of my sisters was talking about her weight loss goals after realizing she was now in the projected month where she would be at her goal weight if she had stuck with her program. November seemed like forever when it was this summer but, now that it’s here, the reality that she could have been at her goal weight right now if she kept with it, hit her like a ton of bricks.
Whether it’s our education, career, family or weight – we must remember how fast time really does go by. 4 years of college seems like eternity, but decades of being in a job you don’t like is truly forever. One year counting calories and working out may seem like eternity too if you have a lot to lose, but living the rest of your life 100lbs overweight is definitely no way to live if you are miserable.
The Key to Staying Motivated
It’s time we put things into perspective. Compare the time it will take to reach your goal to equal time that has already passed you by. It’s a blip on the screen – a flash before your eyes. Just because you feel like it will take forever, doesn’t mean you should push it off any longer. Tackle it, chase it like you would the love of your life. Focus on it like it’s a loose diamond you just dropped and you can’t take your eye off it until you grab a hold of it tightly.
Don’t let life slip through your fingers. Think of how your life would be RIGHT NOW if you tackled what you KNOW you should have tackled last year. Weight, addiction, emotional issues, health, career, family, love, budget, marriage, friendships…they all have the potential to be better soon if you start working on it today.
Before you can REALLY get a good grip on today’s step toward your goal, put yourself where you will BE once you reach your goal. Picture yourself – how you will look and feel. What you will do? What opportunities may arise?
If your goal is your weight, what will you wear? How will you dress? Will you change your hairstyle? Will you take some professional photos? Will you get out more? Will your lifestyle change? Will you feel more confident, powerful and in control? Will you walk with your head high? Will you be proud of the new you? I’ll answer that – Of course you will!
Instead of just focusing on the “job”, focus on the finished product. Don’t just focus on a pants size or weight. Focus on the reality of how that pants size will feel and how your new weight will affect your entire life. Every time you get off track, fast forward to the future of when you WILL reach that goal – because if you stay on track, you WILL reach that goal. No ifs, ands or buts!
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