The value of taking time to “Get your ducks in a row” for goal achievement

BDS Series 3/8: Week 2. Get Set: Preparing to diet/exercise regularly

Have you ever impetuously blurted out you’d do something big only to wonder how you could do it; and then someone important holds you accountable? YIPES!  It happened to me in Feb. 1985 when I was watching a movie with Penny Marshal participating in the  Kona Ironman World Championships. I cockily leaned over to my Dad and said, “if Laverne can do it, I can do it.”  Dad looked me right in the eye and said, “Prove it”… To make a long story short it was a defining period of my life when I learned I could do (almost) anything I set my mind to if I had my ducks in a row.

What is getting your ducks in a row really mean?  To me it’s getting together all the possible pieces of your puzzle in a sequential fashion with short-term goals/tests and back-up plans that build in requiring you to do whatever you have to learn to do well, with as much professional guidance and support as you can afford.

Note: This is the 3rd post in a series of 8  providing online support in using the 6-week Beck Diet Solution (BDS) to lose weight and keep it off.   See the Initial blog for more background.

My story: My process required twice a week “Masters Swim” sessions, biking up to 175 miles a week, and a lot of falls. Did I accomplish my  ambitious target time (<13 hours): No: 13:05! Did I finish that year (1985)? Of course, not finishing was never a consideration.

Was the goal (completion) the best thing I took away from my journey? No! They were:

#1. Self-confidence that I could succeed if/when  I “got my ducks in a row;”

#2. My husband who I met along the way, and other life-long friends;  and,

#3  All the amazing things I learned about myself and how to turn my body into a physical machine.

How did I do it? From the get go I committed “to do it well the first time” so I would never feel the need to do it again (and I didn’t).

I invite you to “get set” this week; to lock in whatever it is you need to do to really be prepared, so there is NOT a doubt you will accomplish your goals.

Fortunately, the BDS provides you with a step-by-step recipe for success. Note that enhancing your physical activity is absolutely required to “Think thin” over time, and that the Wellness Compass Journey uses a similar process of goal accomplishment -because it works!

Week 3. GET SET: Preparing to diet/exercise regularly

Want More? If your moods affect your eating check out this “Emotional distress” resource from CCI, even if you know you DON’T have an eating disorder.

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