David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished. (1 Chron 28:20)
A very wise friend of mine recently shared some advice she received from a very wise friend of hers. At the time, we were talking about tackling our personal health and fitness goals, yet again. For some reason, this statement struck a chord: DECIDE – COMMIT – SUCCEED.
Maybe it is because this advice came on the heels of reading the ebook “Commit: How to Blast Through Problems & Reach Your Goals Through Massive Action” by Linda Formicelli.
The author scoffs at the idea of taking baby steps and instead tells us to commit fully and get it done already! She suggests using every strategy you can think of to attack a problem until you overcome it. This made so much sense to me. Obviously, some strategies we brainstorm won’t be doable but it’s important to really think through our excuses before throwing those ideas away. If inconvenience is the only reason, do it anyway!
I’ve tried the bits-and-pieces approach to getting healthy but I never seem to be able to stick with it for long. I’ve been on and off for a long time so my progress has been stalled for a long time. I needed to DECIDE. Now, I am applying a blast-through-it philosophy and starting to see results. COMMITted to moving forward, I’m attacking the problem from every direction; learning about nutrition and exercise, tracking meals, moving as much as possible, enlisting the support of my family, being accountable to (and inspired by) a friend and seeking spiritual guidance to stay on track.
Am I going to fall? Yep. Last weekend, for example, was a bust. There will always be bumps in the road so forgiveness is part of my plan too. Am I going to see SUCCESS? Hey, my 7-year-old just told me my calves are really hard! From a kid who’s never been afraid to comment on my jiggly arms, that’s a serious compliment! This is a long-term plan. If I’m looking at the trend, rather than the daily ups and downs, progress is definitely visible. I’m also much less focused on the number on the scale than in the past. I’m feeling stronger, have fewer minor health complaints and can keep up to my kiddos (most days anyway). Those things are motivating in themselves.
I’m excited to see where this goes and I can’t wait to use this approach in other areas of my life too.
What problem would you like to blast through? How many strategies to do it can you think of? How many of those can you use?