Yesterday morning, as I was walking, I got so busy looking at my own weedy yard as compared to my neighbor’s weed free lawns that I almost ran into a mailbox.
“Whoops!” I told myself, “Watch where you are going Diane or else you are going to hurt yourself.” I immediately realized that this was such a true statement in many areas of our lives. We must look ahead of ourselves as we are on our life’s journeys or else we may get so involved in the minutia of choices that we inadvertanetly forget to keep our end goal in sight.
Just like I lost sight of where I was going when on a walk, years ago, I often found myself losing sight of my ultimate health and wellness goal. Those ten years of obesity were filled with numerous attempts to lose weight, but because I often got so focused on all the little things I needed to do, I failed to watch where I was really going. For ten years I went up the scale and down the path towards more medical problems, extreme obesity, and diminishing self esteem. I got so involved in which diet plan to try next that I forgot to look up, look around me, and march down the path that would lead me towards health and not run me into anymore mailboxes.
For me, because I failed to clearly see the end goal, I also failed to make any forward progress. It was almost as though my life were one big step after another into quicksand. The more I tried different things the deeper I sank into inaction, until at one point I had given up. For a while, I quit trying to lose weight, instead trying to accept myself just as I was. I tried wearing more makeup (that didn’t work), having my hair cut (I felt a little better) and spent some money on nicer jumper fabric (this was depressing). But even with all that effort, I still couldn’t completely be happy where I was. I still wanted to change.
When I finally got on the path to better health and lower weight, one huge thing I did differently was keep my eyes focused on where I was going. What was the overarching goal? That goal for me was made up of several components:
♦ Better Health
♦ Improved Appearance
♦ Increased Self Esteem
Even when the hard choices had to be made along my journey I didn’t permanently falter because I finally understand that it was the hard choices that were going to make me get where I was going. I watched the small weedy little things, yes, but never looked down for so long that I forget where I was ultimately headed. Just like on my walk, those weeds caught my attention to such an extent that I almost got hurt. Don’t let the weeds in your journey make you lose focus completely.
What about you? Do you find it easy to get caught up in the weeds and lose sight of your ultimate goals?