As we start 2020, literally running out of 2019 and into 2020 with a group of wonderful people from my running group, I was reminded that our destination can be the same but the road we each take can be very different.
The destination can be anything, a specific age, a job, a race or event. Whatever it is we all start at different points, have different past experiences and are in different situations.
For example weight loss.
Do we all start at the same weight? Take 2 people who start at exactly the same weight, and ask some simple questions:
- Do/did they have the same operation?
- Are their post op issues the same?
- Can they handle food the same?
- Do they go on exactly the same diets? Eating the same food and amounts for each meal?
- Does their bodies process food the same? What is each persons nutritional needs?
- Do they do exactly the same exercise/activities?
The questions could go on. The start of the journey is the point in which you make that decision to do something AND take the first step. You can think about something for years but not take any action.
But action can also be very passive and only move you slowly forward, like the person who decides on weight loss surgery but all they do is research online. It could take them years before they call and start the process to have surgery but the research they do moves them very slowly by adding to their knowledge.
Why is it important to remember that we all have different paths?
We compare ourselves, too much, to others. Why do I not lose weight as fast as that person, or get into shape just as fast as the other person?
Are you doing exactly the same things each minute of the day?
Does your body react the same?
We can be on similar looking paths in that the destination is the same, weight loss. The surgery might be different, how well we stick with the healthy eating plan and how much we increase exercise is different.
It is great to have others around us with the same destination in mind, we can learn from their successes, failures and everything in between. But because our journey is different we need to find the best path for us and pave it with the actions that will give us success.
Next week I will talk about that paving of the path.
Welcome to 2020, change is possible!
Solutions = Success!