Being Positive: Your Key to Success!

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Have you taken steps towards improving your life and your health? Good! I’m glad to hear that resounding chorus of “Yes!” Have you reached your goal? No? That’s okay. Remember, people need time to achieve their goals. In fact, sometimes there will even be setbacks. The key to achieving your goal is to pick yourself up when you fall, dust yourself off and acknowledge what you have achieved rather than lament what you haven’t and give up.

Goals take time to achieve
If you’re not in the shape that you want to be in, realize that you didn’t get to where you are in a few days. It took months, years or even decades. So, you won’t achieve your goal in just a few days. It takes time. You just have to acknowledge that you’re moving closer to your goal along the way.

Think about getting on a plane in San Francisco to fly to Australia. That’s a long flight. Imagine if the pilot hit a stronger headwind than he expected that would make the trip take longer and decided that the trip was too slow when the plane was halfway there and gave up and crashed the plane into the sea. That would be horrible! But, he wouldn’t do that. He’d adjust the speed to make up some time or acknowledge that while he wasn’t going to arrive on time, he sure as heck was going to arrive eventually and that was good enough. You need to do the same thing. If something is slowing your progress, fix it or, if it’s out of your control, accept it and continue on. You need to finish the trip from the old you to the new you. Don’t crash into the sea just because the trip is a little longer than you expected.

Appreciate your progress
A positive attitude can go along a way. So hold your head up and smile, you are on the right track. Here are a few tips to help you keep positive about your progress.

  • Realize that it takes hard work: Getting in shape does not occur magically overnight. It takes months to years of hard work. Once you realize that, you won’t be so hard on yourself if you haven’t reached your goals yet.
  • Focus your attention on the positives: Remember what you have already accomplished, don’t just focus on how much you still want to achieve.
  • Stop cynical thoughts: Thinking negatively will not get you anywhere. It will just make you frustrated and more likely to quit.

So, remember don’t make excuses for any setbacks, but don’t beat yourself up so much that you give up the struggle either. This coming week is “Appreciate Your Progress” week on BeingHealthy.tv. I want you to see how far you’ve come and give yourself a pat on the back. Realize that you’ve already accomplished something that you might have thought you couldn’t. You’ve gotten to where you are now, instead of moving in the opposite direction. That’s the first step. Now smile, hold your head up and take that next step…you’ll get there. I know you will. You should know it, too.

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  1. Thanks Talli for another great and positive post!

    I truly believe that your thoughts create your reality and it is my choice and my responsibility that I find myself where I am right now in my life. If I don’t like something, I just make steps towards changing it. We all have the ability to live the life we want, we deserve all good things and all in good time, one step at a time.

    Incidentally, Australia’s a REALLY nice place with REALLY nice people!! Everyone should come here and visit, no matter how long it takes to get here…

  2. Thanks for a great post Talli. You have no idea how timely it is. There is so much going on right now. I wish we could have voted for a 48 hour day at the last election. Be Well!

  3. Maria Isabel says:

    The way that you outlined the benefits of the broccoli was very well done and easier to understand. I also liked the information on the prevention of colds. Thanks

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