I was on Facebook this morning when I happened to see a post from a friend, she was sharing a post from a marathon runner website and my friend shared her thoughts as well. And she asked a question. A powerful question. One that made me stop and think…. And think….
What am I doing today to get me closer to my goal?
Wow! I have been asking myself this question all day.
I have my goals —
- To get back to my official WW goal weight
- To then lose more to get to my personal goal (one I never reached) of losing 100 lbs.
- To finish my fastest 5k EVER in January 2020 at the She Power 5k
- To be my healthiest and fittest self by my 55th birthday in January.
These are my goals. They have been my goals for a long time. And I have struggled. But I am determined to get myself there. I am determined to NOT give up. I am determined to see what that version of “me” looks and feels like!
There are a lot of things I can do to get myself to those goals. I can…. Yes, a lot I can. But will I do them? Will I do the work necessary? Will I create the habits needed? Will I make the healthy choices? Will I shift my mindset? Will I change how I think about exercise and sweat? Will I believe in my abilities?
Every WW workshop has an activity to work on for the week, relating to activity, food and/or mindset. As a coach I would present the weekly topic and then lead members in a discussion about the weekly topic. At the end of the workshop I would present to them the thing to work on for that week and I would end the workshop with two questions to my members- Can you? Will you?
Yes, we can. Yes, I can. But the real question is Will I? Will You?
“Will you?” has always been a powerful question. One that made me think and made me commit.
But this question my friend posted today, for me, is even more powerful.
What am I doing today to get me closer to my goals?
Well, it was NOT the small packet of mini-doughnuts or the bag of Doritos that I had for breakfast. I didn’t plan to eat those. I didn’t plan to buy them. I had my plan in place for a healthy breakfast of eggs and bacon. I could have had that healthy breakfast. I was willing to have that healthy breakfast….But sometimes life happens. I was awake extra early this morning, taking my husband to work (before 6am) and running my son to an early clinic appointment with a stop after for something he needed. And the plan went out the window! I picked up the mini-doughnuts and the bag of Doritos. And I ate them when I got home. UGH!
No, that definitely was not getting me closer to my goals!
I know what I am doing that is keeping me from reaching my goals.
So, what am I doing today to get me closer to my goals?
Forgiving myself. Being kind to myself. Not letting the slip derail my plans. I tracked my breakfast (40 smartpoints! Oh my! Good thing I have all those weekly extras! They were needed today!) And then I moved on. A healthy lunch and a healthy dinner planned and prepped. That is what I am doing today that is getting me closer to my goals.
This journey is not perfect. I am human. I slip up. But being kind to me is one of the things that gets me back on track. No more beating myself up…. That would defeat my efforts.
The question posed by my friend got me back on track today. The question kept me from throwing in the towel and going down that hole.
That question is powerful.
What am I doing today that will get me closer to my goals?
Not what I will to do tomorrow? Not what can I do next week? Not what happened yesterday?
That question puts the focus on TODAY. This moment. Right now. It doesn’t matter what happened yesterday or earlier in the day and it doesn’t matter what tomorrow will bring or what my plans are. It is all about THIS MOMENT. And the ONE thing I am doing right NOW, today, that will get me just a step closer to my goal. And if each day, I do one more thing, just one, that gets me another step closer, then before I know it I will reach my goals!
One-step-at-a-time. One-day-at-a-time. One-moment-at-a-time.
I am going to ask myself this powerful question. Every. Single. Day. What am I doing today to get me closer to my goals?
What are you doing today that is getting you just a step closer to your goals?