Monday, May 10, 2010

Achievement versus Results

It’s almost as if The Daily Motivator is reading my blog. [Ed. note: obviously not.] Check out Ralph Marston’s wisdom for today:

Attachment to Results

Achievement is stressful only if you assume it to be. Ambition creates anxiety only when you are overly attached to the results.

Achievement is something you do. It is not who you are.

If you fail to attain the results you seek, that does not make you any less of a person. Certainly your aim is to be successful, yet it is much more effective to choose success than to need it.

Expect the best, and give your very best to the effort. Then be willing to accept the results, whatever they may be.

Care intensely about what you intend and what you do. But don't worry or obsess about what you get.

Your most effective efforts come from who you are, not from what you need. Let go of your attachment to the results, and you'll get the best ones ever.

-- Ralph Marston

I mean, how dead-on, exactly-what-I-need is that?? Hovering so unbelievably, tantalizingly close to my goal weight (or my ultimate weight “achievement,” if you will) is becoming stressful, but only because I’m MAKING it stressful.

It’s so easy to forget at this stage...this process is not about hitting a number within a specified span of time. It’s about becoming a healthier person, a more balanced eater, and doing it in a sustainable way.

Can you relate to this message at all? I read it and immediately thought of my weight loss, but I’m curious as to how it fits into your life.

(Thanks to Rebecca Davis for sharing the Ralph Marston wisdom!!)

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