Getting off the Couch

As promised, here is my Saturday update on my quest for average. But first let me inspire you with a commercial that you will see in tomorrows quest for the NFL Title:

If that doesn’t inspire you to get off the couch and chase cars, nothing will 🙂

Now back to me! On the first – I let the day slip away without walking (first day failure).  I rallied on  day two and scheduled time to walk after lunch. I walked 0.7 miles at a pleasant pace (Jenn and Marshall were kind enough to walk with me). Four months ago this would have been an easy task but it was no piece of cake for my first day. On day three my distance was the same and although I’ll claim my pace was faster – it too was probably the same 🙂 Although for day three, I walked with Jenn and three dogs (one of which, mostly Wrigley, I held the leash). Walking holding a dog’s leash works an entirely different muscle group (upper body) which I think will be great for my overall health.

I’m calling the week a win! I actually got unchained from my desk and did something! In week two, I hope to add in the nutrition component.

Stay Tuned!

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Dont You Dare Give Up

Some days it seems as if everything in the world is going against you. A salmon swimming up stream has an easier time reaching her goal than you’re having reaching yours.

I wish I had wonderful and expert advice to help you through those days. I wish there was a magic pill I could offer you that would make it all easier and better. I don’t.

What I can tell you is….

As hockey legend Wayne Gretzky once noted, you will always miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.

You must continue, even on the worst of days, if you want to succeed. So today, run in the rain, walk even thought it’s cold, read (or write) that book, practice that instrument – do whatever it takes to move you closer to your achievement. If you don’t give up, tomorrow will be better!


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Take a Step in the Right Direction

Today I am sharing with you a post I wrote last September. I hope it will mean as much to you today as it did last year.

My friend Mary is an avid paddler. She holds a professional job and cares for her elderly parents but every weekend, you will find Mary in her canoe or kayak on some river or waterway paddling away her frustrations. This past weekend, Mary paddled a marathon (that is 26 miles for those of us who are not marathoners) on flat water (i.e. no current to carry you).

The day after the marathon event, I sat down with Mary to hear all about her adventure. She described her adventure as perfect because there were natural intermittent goals along the way.  The trip was planned around a Y-shaped waterway; the first leg was up the shaft of the Y and up the right arm. At this point, there was a dam and a place to stop for a ‘natural break’ as well as to take on sustenance.

When it comes to reaching any goal, having smaller goals within the goal creates a sense of accomplishment. The big goal does not feel so out of reach because you have the smaller celebrations along the way.

Whether your goal is running a marathon, writing a book, or cleaning your house breaking the task into small mini-goals is an ego boost. The time to pat yourself on the back and say ‘look how far I have come!’ You also have the opportunity to mark your progress. How do you eat an elephant? One-bite at a time. How do you reach your goal? One-step at a time.

Take a step today toward your goal.  A giant step or a baby step, it doesn’t matter, just take the step!


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What’s it Take to Succeed?

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.  ~Abraham Lincoln

Everyone wants to be successful; in life, in love, in business. Yet, we spend a ridiculous amount of time feeling like failures! We make up cute ditties like ‘if at first you don’t succeed, try try again’!

We want success to come to us in a straight line. I did A, B C, and D and that should equal SUCCESS! Instead we find that A, B C, and D equals a try again or a give up.

Success doesn’t come in a straight line! Success looks like this graphic (which one of our Facebook friends shared and I can no longer find the original posting).

Success is a commitment to the journey. Success is taking all the things that go wrong, and all the obstacles and crazy twists and turns and staying the course. Success is a tenacious desire to figure out what has gone wrong. Success is turning a deaf ear to those who would attempt to defeat or deflate you.  Because there will always be things that make you want to run and people who will tell you that you are wrong; but you have to put your faith on the table. You really have to stand against all odds. It takes courage. And when you do this, you will succeed.

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back,  ineffectiveness concerning all acts of initiative (and creation). There is one elemental truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans— that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves all. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issue from the decision, Raising in one’s favor all manner of incidents and meetings and material assistance which no one could have dreamed would come his or her way.

Whatever you can do or dream, you can begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Begin it now.

~ Goethe (1749-1832), German poet and dramatist



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When to Give Up on a Goal

Last week we talked about persistence. The tenacity to pursue a goal until you reach it. In that post I encouraged you to believe that success was just around the corner. While I still believe this is true, I also wish to point out the law of diminishing returns.

The law of diminishing returns says that there comes a point in time when it just doesn’t make sense to keep going. According to licensed psychotherapist and life coach Alyson Mischel , ‘the key to staying healthy – but still striving enough to make progress in your personal and professional lives – is to know when to call it quits’.

According to a study in the journal Psychological Science, Canadian researchers found that people who failed to give up unreachable goals had higher levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) – a marker of inflammation tied to heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis – than did those who moved on when they were unable to accomplish their objective.

If just thinking about your goal makes you anxious, or you’re unable or unwilling to take the necessary actions to achieve it, it’s probably best to give it up, says Mischel. In many cases, it’s not a matter of completely chucking your ambitions, but of rethinking them

Perhaps when rethinking your goal you need to ask for help. Maybe you need to adjust your goal to downscale (losing 20lbs instead of 100).

If trying to reach your goal is causing extreme stress in your life; then maybe it isn’t the goal for you. There is no shame in knowing when you need help or when you should let go.


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How will you decide today to begin the journey toward your dream?

In the book Think and Grow Rich,  Napoleon Hill said “The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat.” You are holding your world in the palm of your hands. The only requirement from you is the strong desire to accomplish your wishes and dreams.

How will you decide today to begin the journey toward your dream? Your world is waiting!


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