When you are trying to reach a goal (or considering getting started on one), it can be challenging to get yourself in a positive frame of mind. It is easy to get bogged down in regrets about what you should have done differently, that you should have started sooner, how long it is going to take, and how hard it is going to be. Believe me – I have gone through all of those excuses (and more) in my journey towards self-improvement. It’s easier and a lot more comfortable to stay the same, but remember that doing nothing is also a choice and a risk.
My two biggest goals right now are getting healthy and fit, which is taking a lot longer than I expected, and getting my novel published. Both of these roads are bumpy and have been filled both laughter and tears. But anything worth having in life takes work, right? Even once you decide to get started on something, you will likely have setbacks and have to start over. Confession: I ate dessert after a fairly unhealthy lunch with my bestie over the weekend, but I know that a bad meal doesn’t have to mean a bad week or even a bad day. A setback isn’t a failure and I am not going to give up.
It would be lovely to be able to go back in time and put an old head on young shoulders, but no one can do that. All we have is right now and getting started is always a matter of taking that hardest first step. It doesn’t matter how long something is going to take because the time is going to pass anyway. You might as well be productive with your intentions and work towards being the version of yourself that you’ve always dreamed about. I try to be mindful that I need to be patient and kind with myself along the way and know that while I am not perfect, I will always do my best.
And that’s enough.
What is a goal that you are currently working towards? Is there a goal that you are considering adding to your list?
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