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Short Memory

Anyone who knows me knows I love football. One thing I watch is the quarterback’s reaction after throwing an interception. You’ll hear commentators say “He has to shake it off. In order to play quarterback, you must have a short memory.”

Why is that so important? Well, because in the grand scheme of the game, throwing an interception isn’t that bad. However, if the quarterback keeps thinking about the interception, it will adversely affect his play. Most time the next play called after an interception is a pass play. The coach understands the quarterback needs to regain his confidence quickly. The best way to do that? Call another pass play.

Like playing quarterback, you must have a short memory in weight loss. There will be days when you “throw an interception” (Make poor food choices. Skip workouts) I’ve done it plenty of times. At first, I’d feel bad, beat myself up, be dejected, etc.. Making a poor food choice or skipping a workout wasn’t that bad in the grand scheme of things. But I made it worse because of the mindset I had. The mindset led to even more bad choices. Sound familiar? “I ate Krispy Kreme donuts for breakfast. Well, my nutrition is now ruined. Lunch time comes around… Well I already messed up so I’ll have McDonald’s value meal for lunch.” See how the mentality from that one mistake creates a spiral?

I learned to have a short memory. Act like it never happened. On my “next play after throwing an interception” (next decision. Eat healthy or fast food. Sleep in and skip my workout or get up and go to the gym) I had to call a pass play. (Make sure I ate right or went to the gym).

The next time you don’t make a good choice don’t beat yourself up. Have a short memory. Acknowledge the choice was bad and move on. The quicker the better.

Get to the next play as quickly as possible and call a pass play.

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Posted by on 08/20/2012 in Inspirational

 

Good Decision Making

The past few weeks have been extremely hectic. My day usually starts between 3:00AM – 3:30AM and concludes around 9PM or 10PM. I haven’t quite yet figured out the time to work on my blog. Bear with me as I figure it out.

Not only is this schedule causing me to focus more and manage my time better, it’s providing numerous opportunities to make decisions that could eventually derail my success.

I have really good excuses reasons to not work out. All can easily be justified. It’s no longer convenient for me to work out. But that’s just it. Success isn’t built around convenience. In fact, success is paved on the road of inconvenience.

Success in weight loss or any other thing isn’t determined by some major life changing event. It’s made up of moments when it’s just as easy to make decisions detrimental to success as it is to make decisions that propel you to your success. It’s the moment when you have to decide do you go work out after driving two hours or do you go home and see your family. Do you buy that peanut butter (my favorite) or chocolate chip cookie in the cafeteria or not. I mean one cookie won’t hurt right? Well not today it won’t. But over time if you keep making that decision, you won’t experience success losing weight. See my point?

It’s not the slight errors in judgement that destroy your success. It’s the slight errors in judgement compounded over time that destroy your success.

So remember it’s those small seemingly insignificant moments of decision that determine whether you’ll experience the success you want. Be it in weight loss or anything else.

 
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Posted by on 08/15/2012 in Inspirational, Weight Loss

 
 
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