Archives for: December 2011, 13
Reading those words it is easy to form a picture. Someone is getting close to succeeding at something. Some goal, some prize, or some endpoint that is defined well enough to know what has been accomplished.
“My team won the championship!”
“I’m graduating school in three months!”
“My wife lost 30 pounds on SWAMI and is getting close to an ideal weight!”
It is easy enough to understand the accomplishment without having to think about the path to success. Another way to look at the words “Approaching Success” is one that not everyone looks at.
“What does my team have to do to win the championship?”
“What will be the value of graduating school and what can I do with it?”
“My wife has done great on SWAMI, what can I do to encourage her to stay on the program?”
Goals are wonderful things. I started the BTD to lose weight. My goal was achieved and along the way I encountered unanticipated success. For example, my need for blood pressure medication was halved. The diet succeeded in helping my blood pressure like no diet had in the past, even with weight loss. It would have been enough to simply accept the success, but instead I approached the success with a question:
“What else can this diet help me succeed at?”
There are lots of answers. Some are more possible than others. Besides the obvious views of other health issues that might be improved, there are other things that might apply. One example is motivation. If I can succeed at some level with this diet, it might make it easier to succeed at other things as well because I am happier, healthier, and more able to do the things that need to be done to succeed.
Asking what the diet could help me succeed at is just one example of “Approaching Success”. Whether it is something big or something small, it may be worth looking at success from a different viewpoint to get where you want to go. Sometimes I’m not even sure where I want to go. Just knowing that I’m on my way somewhere usually helps.