Sunday, April 25, 2010
Interested vs. Committed
I am not responsible for originating this, but I find it helpful to think about when I’m facing a rough patch (as I stare at the drizzling rain outside my window on this Sunday morning, contemplating the seven miles I’m scheduled to run today). Whenever I hear someone complain that something bad happened in their life so they gave up their plans to get healthy, I think of this.
If you're "Interested" in losing weight...
... You stick with it only until something better comes along (such as doughnuts)
... How you feel determines your outcome. If you don't 'feel like it', you stop your efforts.
... You need to see results. When the scale doesn't move, you lose your motivation.
... You blame everything else (people, travel, circumstances) for your struggles with staying on program.
... Whenever you face challenges in life, you give up and plan you'll start your program again tomorrow.
If you're "Committed" to losing weight...
... Nothing stops your efforts. You stick with your program, "no matter what."
... Emotions don't control your actions. You stay on track even when you don't feel like it.
... Your motivation isn't linked to the scale. You assume that if you stay motivated and work hard, you'll eventually see results.
... You don't depend on other people for your success. You know it's up to you, not them.
... A bad day or a lot of challenges don't affect your efforts. You keep going in spite of it.
So, readers: which are you?