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Focus On What You’re Gaining October 27, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Food & Drink, Health & Wellness.

JoggingAt the outset, let’s talk a bit about motivation and goals.

If we focus on what we are giving up, we feel deprived, dissatisfied, and down-hearted . . . unless and until we start to see real results.

We feel like we are making huge sacrifices with little immediate gratification.

So we fall off the wagon . . .

We reach for a donut or some other non-nutritious “goodie” that gives us momentary satisfaction but, in the end, makes us feel worse.

If we want to forge new habits, like making better choices about what we eat, we need to focus on what we are GIVING ourselves ~ health and wellness!

And, as we start to make better choices, we need to follow the path of Ps ~ Patience, Persistence, Passion, and Purpose!

If our Purpose is to be healthier, and we become Passionate about that endeavor, we develop the Patience we need to Persist in our efforts until we start to see tangible results ~ on the scales, in our energy levels, in our moods, or in positive feelings of well-being.

Better choices make us feel better!

Purpose, Passion, and Patience give us the Power we need to Persist and keep moving forward . . . one step at a time in the direction of our goals.

If we focus on what we are giving up, that self-created feeling of sacrifice causes us to be discouraged.

In contrast, if we focus on what we are gaining  from our efforts (better health, more energy, etc.), there is no feeling of sacrifice.

Our positive thoughts encourage us to keep on, keeping on.

In time, we start the reap the fruits of our labor ~ we feel better, we look better, we have more energy, we feel calmer and more in control.

Our new habits allow us to stop surviving . . . and start thriving.

Aah . . . that’s better!

What about you?  What tips and techniques do you use to stay motivated when the going gets rough?

Quotes to Ponder:

* Life is not a dress rehearsal.  Quit practicing what you’re going to do, and just do it.  In one bold stroke, you can transform today. ~ Phillip Markins

* The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are. ~ J. Pierpoint Morgan

* The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own.  No apologies or excuses.  The gift of life is yours.  It is an amazing journey and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. ~ Dan Zadra

* We cannot put off living until we are ready.  The most salient characteristic of life is its urgency, “here and now” without any possible postponement.  Life is fired at us point-blank. ~ Jose Ortega y Gasset

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