To me, this is so important that if this was anything other than an alphabetic challenge, I would have done this one and G-day's post first.
But since this is the A to Z Challenge, today is the day that I get to give you some excellent news:
You CAN lose weight.
You CAN make more time to do the things you love.
You CAN go take lessons or learn something new.
I don't think positive thinking is the key to success. Not if thinking is all you do. But I promise you that negative thinking is the number one cause of failure, because telling yourself "I can't" stops you from trying.
Want to give it a shot?
When there's something I want to change, say, cutting refined sugars out of my diet, I set a goal. But instead of making it something daunting like "I will never eat chocolate again." and setting myself up to fail, I set a goal that's actually easy to manage: "Tomorrow, I am not eating any refined sugars."
Much more doable, right?
And that's where the difference comes in. It's easy, so when tomorrow comes, DO IT. And at the end of the day, say you'll do it again tomorrow. And keep going for as long as it takes.
If you do miss a day, it's not the end of the world. Even if it's day 1. The point is that you've started. Find the reason why you failed and make the changes needed to achieve the goal tomorrow.
Always remember that you can achieve your goals. One day at a time. You'll be amazed at the will-power you'll discover then.
Don't change your mind, change your thinking. ;-)
So is there a goal you've been wanting to set but haven't? Is it one you gave up on because your own thinking handicapped you from the start? Want to join me in setting one goal?
Tomorrow, I am cutting excess carbohydrates out of my food.
What will you be doing?