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Showing Up for Success

February 28, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 124

"Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working." ~Vince Lombardi~

Margaret was obviously frustrated as she described her lack of progress toward her goal of reducing her weight by 25 pounds. She had joined a program that she attended weekly, and after the first few weeks had enjoyed an impressive beginning. But since then the numbers on the scale have fluctuated down and then up and down again.

She complained that she was beginning to think that the program didn't work. That maybe it was a waste of money, and even worse, maybe she was wasting her precious time. Yes, she was sure that it was nutritionally sound, but all that focus on eating differently was a drag. Maybe she should just accept that she was going to carry those extra 25 pounds around. After all, there are plenty of people in worse shape than she is!

Looking past her frustration and discouragement for a moment, we explored what action steps she was taking and not taking toward her goal. She was attending the meetings regularly. On most days she was tracking her food intake. She hadn't gotten around to exercising because of her very full schedule. On some days when feeling really tired, she skipped using her plan at all, thinking she would "make up for it" the next day.

Ah those pesky action steps! It is one thing to get inspired by an image or idea that sets us off in a new direction. It's a whole other thing to keep that inspiration alive, and to use it for fuel to take those entire little baby steps that carry us toward a goal. It's a challenge for some of us to consistently show up in order to meet success.

What I mean is really a question of commitment. And at the risk of sounding too lofty, a question of integrity. Margaret is a person that her friends, family and co-workers can count on. If she tells someone she will hand out flyers at the PTA meeting, everyone knows she will be there. If she has a project due at work, she will have it ready even if it means burning the midnight oil. When she tells her husband or children that she will attend an event of theirs, they know she will be there.

Anyone who knows her would say she is a person of integrity. This means that her beliefs, words and behavior all are aligned. Once she commits to something for work or for someone else, she always shows up.

But does she commit to herself? Does she keep her word to herself? Does she make her own well-being a priority? We could take a peek into her schedule to see the answer to that. And other than attending her program meetings, the answer was no. When it came to resting, exercising, having fun with her girlfriends (or even her husband), eating meals that helped her energy level and overall health, it was catch-as-catch-can. It might happen, or more likely, it didn't.

What's up with that?!

It isn't that the "program doesn't work." Whatever goal you may set for yourself: learning to play the guitar, decorating your living room, learning French, getting out of debt, running a marathon, improving a relationship that is suffering; it requires a commitment to yourself. The baby steps, taken consistently will get you there, no doubt about it. And you have to show up, making space in your busy life for it in order to achieve what you desire. The question is, are you willing?. And you have to show up, making space in your busy life for it in order to achieve what you desire. The question is, are you willing?

Janet Eisenbise, experienced in helping people change their lives, invites you to learn more about resources for healthy living. Making use of new knowledge and products will provide essential tools to help you meet your goals. Visit here and begin to lead the life you want and deserve.

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