I’m staring at a mountain. It’s huge, it’s in my way, and there’s no path around. What am I going to do?
I need to lose 40lbs, preferably 60.
That’s the size of a standard poodle!
How am I ever going to get there? It seems impossible.
Fortunately for me, I have done this before so I know that it is possible. So it’s time for me to revisit the lessons I learned last time.
Last time, I didn’t understand that BMI was complete bunk and thought that I had to lose 100lbs. (I would learn that I naturally have a large BMI and if I were to reach the “ideal,” I would look emaciated.) 100lbs was a very scary number. It stopped me in my tracks and I just couldn’t figure out how I would every achieve something like that.
Then, I took a deep breath and asked myself, “If I can’t lose 100lbs, what can I do?”
I know I can lose 5lbs.
So I did. Then I lost 10. Then 15. Then 20. Then 25. I kept losing weight until I had lost 55lbs and learned that I didn’t even need to lose the full 100. I had torn down that mountain bit by bit and discovered it wasn’t as big as I thought it was.
Setting smaller, more manageable goals makes any monumental task achievable. Each achieved goal moves you closer to the end, boosts your confidence, and teaches you valuable lessons about the challenge in front of you.
I had a mantra I had used last time and still use when I feel overwhelmed:
Do what you can do. Then do it again. And again. And again. Do it enough, and you’ll find you could do the impossible all along.
Do something easy. Do something positive. See where it takes you. It could be the greatest achievement of your life.