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I WANT SUCCESS, AND I WANT IT NOW!!!

Updated: Jul 26, 2022

“THE ELEVATOR TO SUCCESS IS OUT OF ORDER. YOU’LL HAVE TO USE THE STAIRS.” – Joe Girard


The title of this blog sounds like something a four-year-old would say, and it is! But how often do we as adults strive for success the “easy” way (taking the elevator)?


Success is never easy. I wish it were. So many try to achieve goals by taking the elevator instead of doing the hard work it takes to succeed. I get frustrated with the stairs and try the elevator to get to whatever goal I strive to meet. Unfortunately, the elevator plan rarely works. (I want to say never, but somewhere someone would disagree with me.)


I am trying to lose weight. I am not doing a very good job because I want to become healthy and not have to do all the work. I dislike cooking, so I have chosen to use the NutriSystem Diet. I do well when I stick to it; I have lost 25 pounds! However, I enjoy going out to meals with friends and attending organizations that serve meals; frankly, there are times that I need buttered popcorn.


I also am not fond of exercise. I have a friend who encourages me to ride my Peloton or go for a walk six days a week. I know exercise is healthy for all aspects of life, not just weight. Even though it is true that I require exercise, I don’t want to do it. I often talk myself out of exercising. I have so many excuses, none of which are valid.

· I got up too late

· I don’t have time to do my hair before I must be at ___________. My hair is medium length, and it takes a little time for me to make it presentable.

· I am tired.

· I don’t feel good.

AND THE BEST ONE!

· I don’t want to.


I am working on changing my mindset to take the stairs of life to succeed in my diet. I know it will be hard work, but I am more likely to carry through with the goal because I am telling all of this to you.


The following is what I am willing to do to succeed:

· Take my diabetes seriously and quit cheating on allowable foods.

· Eat at home more often and stick to Nutrisystem’s diet.

· Fix vegetables to enhance the meals.

· Exercise four days a week.

· Track my food.

· STOP making excuses.


Many items are on that list, and I can’t get on the elevator and change everything at once. I need to move forward one step at a time. Tomorrow I am willing to take my diabetes seriously and exercise. I know I will feel better and have the will to stay on a healthy diet.


One of my issues is willpower. The following are some ways to increase willpower.

· Believe in Yourself. For years we've been told we only have a certain amount of willpower, but more recent studies show that may not be the case.

· Set Clear Goals.

· Make a Plan.

· Keep Busy.

· Reduce Stress.

· Get Support

· Avoid Temptation.

· Practice Mindfulness.

I encourage you to take your first step in meeting a goal!



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