January 31 -Setting daily goals

“One must not lose desires. They are mighty stimulants to creativeness, to love and to long life.” – Alexander A. Bogomoletz

Today’s meditation in Weight Watchers Success Every Day. 365 Meditations for Your Weight Loss Journey suggests a bit of retail therapy to set up incentives for myself. It advocates buying clothes a little smaller that I might fit into if I lose weight, using that as my incentive to work harder. While I agree with the idea of setting goals, that particular method doesn’t work for me.

It’s my belief that buying clothes which do not fit only sets me up for failure. I will inevitably try them on too soon and suffer disappointment. As I have said before, I dress for the body I have, not the body I desire. I would rather look great in a shirt that is one size larger than I might wish it were, rather than look bulgy in one that is a size too small for my present state.

I am all about goals. Part of my obsession with to-do lists is that they give me small goals every day which I can accomplish and move myself forward. The progress might be on work projects, home projects, or just something fun, but the progress is there. On days when I accomplish most of the things on my list, I go to bed feeling great.

As I have been getting back into the swing of things I have been using weekly goals for myself, but not daily goals. Today’s meditation and quote are reminding me that setting and achieving daily goals will bolster my resolve. One of my goals for this week is 50 laps around the inside of my building. I actually forgot about that goal yesterday, and only did about 3 laps (which I honestly didn’t even track). Today I will set up a list at my desk and get cracking on that goal. Since I missed out yesterday, and telecommute on Friday, it means I will have to do 17 laps a day to hit the mark. That is achievable, with some effort.

Bobby-C’s thought for the day…Breaking my long term goals down to daily lists of things to do keeps me focused, and sets me up for success.

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