Goals and Observations

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I Googled the words “goal setting” and this is what Dame Algorithm sent me: 

Goal Setting is an important method of deciding what you want to achieve in your life. Separating what’s important from what’s irrelevant, or a distraction. Motivating yourself. Building your self-confidence, based on successful achievement of goals.

Note: there is no mention of size, nor duration, in this definition of what goal setting.

What that says to me is that it doesn’t matter how big or small, long or short, or dynamic (or not), your goals might be so long as they give you a better idea of what it is you’re looking for in a successful outcome and help you stay motivated enough to see that outcome become a reality.  I like that!

LAST WEEK’S TEENY, TINY GOALS

1 Pursue a path of recovery with the new chiropractor, doing all he asks me to do in order to help myself in the most effective and efficient way.

2  Continue to learn new methods for paring down, in order to minimize my propensity for indecision.

3  Eat as cleanly as I can, incorporating as many veggies as I can and as much water as I can into my Action Plan for the week.

HOW I DID!

GOAL NO. 1  Excellent!  I have done everything the Chiropractor asked me to do this week.  I can happily report that this goal was met.

GOAL NO. 2  Good!  I only rank the achievement of this goal as good because I wasn’t able to tackle many de-cluttering projects this week. A few were done, but not many.  Still, of those attempted I had great success and I feel like it is getting easier to make decisions about what I want to do, and what I don’t.

GOAL NO. 3  Okay.  I have not actually put pen to paper to record an Action Plan for this week, which is part of the reason why I mark this goal just OKAY.  I have made a concerted effort to include more color in my diet, and I have drank more water, so that’s good.  My body loves it when I pay attention to these things.

OBSERVATIONS ALONG THE WAY

I think I shared last week that I’m keeping a Gratitude Journal right now. The journal is working to keep me focused on what’s right about my recovery, and not what’s wrong about it.  Some days I find it hard to think of more than a few substantial reasons to be thankful, but as I keep at it they come.  I will continue this practice a little longer because I feel like we all have reason to rejoice over the various good things going on in our lives. Me, too!

My anxiety about having treatment in a communal room at the chiropractic office, is waning.  At this point I’m all about getting better, however that has to happen.  This is a big step forward for me.

I have realized over the last couple of weeks that it is really HARD to shut down my brain.  It wants to think, think, think, and process all the time.  I have had to concentrate quite a bit to find any kind of significant escape from the white noise of the world. How do you all get there from here?

I have been putting off tackling the mountain of paperwork I have at home that needs to be dealt with to gain freedom from paper clutter.  If there is one area of this process that has me spooked, it’s this piece of it.  I need to pray and meditate more to find the courage I need to tackle this project.

A little side benefit of the new simpler living strategy I’m employing at this time is that it’s allowing me to eek out some additional time to do the things I love most.  Time reclamation was part of the allure for this whole experiment for me.  Less cleaning, cooking, sorting, stacking, buying and storing means I have more time to enjoy the people that live with me and make me feel whole.  I’m loving having the extra time to actually sit with people and converse.  Oh, the things I’m hearing!  It’s GRAND!!!

THREE TEENY, TINY GOALS FOR THIS WEEK

I’m going to stick with the same goals again this week.  They seem to be working for me!

1 Pursue a path of recovery with the new chiropractor, doing all he asks me to do in order to help myself in the most effective and efficient way.

2  Continue to learn new methods for paring down, in order to minimize my propensity for indecision.

3  Eat as cleanly as I can, incorporating as many veggies as I can and as much water as I can into my Action Plan for the week.

How do you spell motivation?  What lights your fire and keeps you moving forward with your goals?

Success

Great devotional over at The Seeds 4 Life today, and the place were I got my inspiration for this post. Check it out here.

Walter Cronkrite.  A handsome man doing an honorable job!

Walter Cronkite at News Desk

Promotional portrait of American broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite, mid 1950s.

I mean, come on…look at that penetrating stare.  Can you even imagine what is going on behind those eyes?

I love the name Walter, or Walt.  My grandfather’s name.  It old-fashioned, sturdy, firm.  He was a renaissance man, my grand-dad. A jack-of-all-trades.  Master of some–mostly pinochle and motor boating.

He was out-spoken and loved to argue.

Oh, that man loved to argue, but he was principled, loving, smart, hard-working, and in his hay-day and career years at IBM, resembled this image of Mr. Cronkite. What a guy, I miss him!

If the world had more men like Walt and Walt, we’d be a whole lot better off.

Who are you missing today?  What trade are you a Cracker Jack at?

Two more days…

Only two more days and this month will be at its end. This is good for two reasons:

1.  We are that much closer to kayaking season.  Woohoo!

2.  I will be able to compute my weight loss for the month–something I am excited to do since I have finally been able to rock this stale mate I’ve been having with my body.

Eating right, but not losing any weight, sucks!  It just does.

But because I know that quitters never win and winners never quit, I keep going.

I keep eating right.

I keep buying more whole foods than processed junk.

I keep looking at how many times a week I eat out.

I keep blogging.

I keep attending my Monday night meetings.

I keep thinking everyday about being sober where food is concerned.

I keep striving for the ultimate refinement of my palate and my program.

I keep on, keeping on.

Success: That’s what I want! That’s what I’m working to have for me.  That’s what I will NOT give up on.  Not ever!

I believe in change!

In what area of life are you keeping on, keeping on right now?  Why is your goal important to you?  What is your toughest challenge to date?