Thursday, May 7, 2009

100 Days - Day 7 - I can do it!

"Practice saying the words "I can do it!" over and over.

"Push them deep into your mind and use them as a powerful affirmation that you WILL succeed with your plan"


"Write the words "I can do it". Mentally remind yourself of this phrase at least 10 times today. Use this to cheerlead yourself through the entire day!"


"Write "I can do it because..." then add a few supportive phrase such as "I'm capable of doing anything."

I can do it because...

I am focused, I have tunnel vision and have my goals firmly in front of me.

I have the help and support of Medifast and the network of friends here

I have the help and support of my husband at home

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me ((Phillippians 4:13))

Not doing it is not an option

"Read your phrases often, using them to reinforce your goals and build your enthusiasm."

Hmmm - enthusiasm - I think that's a huge key to success. I mean, yeah, sometimes you have to 'just do it', even when you don't feel like it, but imagine how few times you would have to 'just do it' if you could maintain your enthusiasm. But how does one do that?

Many programs, for weight loss and for goal setting in general talk about building your 'why' or your 'benefits list' or 'advantages' if you should reach your goal. I've done this several times in the past, but I've never been good at keeping them in front of me. I think that's a change that I'm going to make. Enthusiasm is remembering WHY you're doing what your doing.

But I also agree with Susan Powder. (Yes she's still around and yes I still enjoy her messages): Sometimes the motivation is in the doing. Or: (I'm sorry I can't remember who I'm quoting) Success begets success. That is to say, you get off the couch, go for a walk and you feel good, and that 'feel good feeling' motivates you to get of the couch the next day, and the next. I guess I'm back to what I said in the beginning - Just do it! :)

So here's the formula:

Keep your enthusiasm high by cheering yourself on, and believing that you can do it.

Keep your motivation high by focusing on the benefits, advantages the 'why' of your goal.,

And when you lack either of those, keep doing it anyway, because in the doing, you'll find both those other things again...

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