How many times have you wanted something but didn’t want to do what it took to get the results? Let’s think about that question a little deeper. Many of us want to lose weight, but are not willing to do what is necessary. Personally, I don’t like to excercise. But, what I do like is the energized feeling I get after I decide to work out. Although, I’m fortunate to have been able to maintain the same size and weight for over a decade, I’m not proud of the fact that my goal has been to lose 10 poounds for the past 10 years and I’ve never accomplished it. I WANT to lose the weight. I WANT to be thinner, but what I’m missing is putting forth the effort that it will take for me to really lose the 10 pounds. That effort would mean cutting back on the things I love to eat. It would mean intensifying my workout (which as I mentioned earlier I already don’t enjoy doing). But, I ask myself when I see other women my age who are fit, why don’t I look like that? Then when I talk to them about what they do to stay in shape, I understand that my commitment level is not there yet and that it up to me to do make the decision to do the work and stay consistent and committed if this is what I truly want to do.
It works the same way in just about everything we want to achieve in life. Think about it. What do you want your end game to be in your personal and professional life? Are you doing what it takes to get ahead or are you satisfied with doing just enough to get by and wondering why other people are moving forward and you are staying in the same place?
Are you taking classes, reading books, attending networking sessions or talking to people that can help you move forward with your professional edeavors? Or are you living each day without a plan? What’s going on with your personal life? Are you taking care of yourself and those who may depend on you? Do you have a life plan on where you want to be in the next 5, 10 or even 15 years? Or do you keep making promises that next year will be different, and then find yourself doing the same thing you did the year before that kept you right where you said you didn’t want to be?
If you want your life to be different, you have to do something about it. In the words of Ghandi, “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” It is up to us. All we have to do is decide what we want and figure out a way to make it happen. If you decide to do nothing then remember this: “Don’t be upset by the results you didn’t get with the work that you didn’t do!”- author unknown
For me, I see me making a change by putting back that extra helping of potato salad and increasing my cardio for another 15 minutes. I can see that 10 pound weight loss getting closer and closer. What about you?