The beginning of the bolder being moved into change in my life started with FPU – Financial Peace University. Something about the way Dave Ramsey – say things – Straight, Direct, No Excuse, Funny, with No Apology. It got me moving. I am on a plan, I am paying things off and making slow progress, but its is progress. I only have 3 more years on my debt. 10 year on the student loan. BUT I am on the road. This started Spring 2008.
Then I started on Medifast: Food plan that has gotten me to lose 85lbs so far (July 2010) so far. But the biggest effect it has had is my perspective on food and the constant emotional struggle and fight I have with myself about control. It really REALLY comes down to this one area I don’t want to surrender. I am fighting with myself everyday these days. But I started to start over every day. I know this is the right plan and it is working out the character of my real life, who I really want to be. This started July 2009.
Even in my season of getting mad and fighting through the feelings of despair and hopelessness, I did not realize how the hope of success carried me. It wasn’t just a delicate doily in my pocket that I waved in the air. It was this Marble Pillar I grabbed hold of with all my might and pushed and pulled and wrapped my arms around because I knew what I knew what I knew that this was the future. This WILL be my success, my HOPE that i would make those daily choices to allow me to keep hold of this victory became the sword that I wielded against every little thought that would attempt to pull me away from my goal.
This is just as important this year as last year. It means JUST as much to me this year as last year. It took me almost 2 years to get the Dave Ramsey stuff on track… WHY would the food struggle be any easier.
Behavior change affect the attitude change. The same goes for motivation and achievement. It seems if we are just motivated we will achieve our goals. However, it is just the opposite…motivation comes from achievement. The more you achieve the more you will be motivated.
To me that is such the complete opposite of everything I remember hearing. I remember voices saying just be disciplined, make the sacrifice, be uncomfortable, make the choice. And as much as I am realizing there is definitely a place for each of those thoughts and attitudes. I can definitely agree with a standing ovation in the cheering section, that when I achieve something, no matter how small how insignificant to the rest of the world; I AM MOTIVATED!!!!
I still do battle with the worthlessness, I still hear the voices of self-doubt and I still rebel against what is good for me. But when I see the achievements, when I feel the improvement, when I KNOW what I know WHAT I KNOW that I have accomplished, achieved, even MASTERED something in ANY way. My motivation is stronger. My drive has returned. My Hope is Brilliant and Glowing.
It’s no wonder that I have 5 different songs on my iPod at the moment ALL by different artists with the theme of: It’s a brand new day, New Day, New perspective, New pathway, New Challenge to inspire my psyche as I spend more hours than I care to count in my car. 🙂