I Woke Up 40lbs Overweight!?!?
How can this be? I thought I was fit, and BOOM one day, I wake up to find myself 40lbs overweight.
What happened? How did I get to this point of failure (for the record I went from 175lbs to ~214lbs).
How does anyone get to any catastrophic point of failure?
Whether it’s being overweight, or broke, failing in classes, failing at work or at home, or in relationships.
We can’t possibly just wake up to any of these things, right?
Here’s a quote from Jim Rohn:
“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines practiced every day. Failure is not a single cataclysmic event; you don’t fail over night. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgement repeated every day.”
We don’t just one day wake up with a failure because of one big catastrophic thing that went wrong.
It rarely happens that way.
More often than not, it’s many months or years of small errors in judgement that build up over time to manifest into a big problem.
For example, gaining a pound of fat over a 2 month period…doesn’t seem like too big of a big deal. It creeps up on you. That’s half a pound every 4 weeks. Barely noticeable.
But after 365 days, what do you end up with?
6lbs overweight. Ok still, maybe not that catastrophic.
But let’s say 5 years of that…30lbs. 10 years of that, 60 lbs. And now we have that big point of failure.
So what happened? Again, what happened was that the sum of all your tiny little errors in judgement ended up building into a 60lb nightmare. But it took you 10 years to get there!
The same goes for money. When you’re spending money, you ask yourself, what’s the big deal. Right? I can always make more money later can’t I? Or no biggie, I’ll swipe the card, because I can always pay it off later. My paycheck’s coming in next week. And what do you get? It starts small but eventually it all snowballs. One day you wake up in a massive hole you can’t climb out of.
But you can’t lie to yourself. Ignoring the facts doesn’t make it any less real. The fact is, chances are you’ve been digging that hole for years. Right?
So what now? Where do you go from here?
If you tend to get overwhelmed with long-term goals, you need to start by focusing on the short term. I’m talking about meeting your daily goals, your weekly goals. Saying no to the small things. Executing the right things. Preventing the small errors in judgement and making the right choices consistently. Building the house brick by brick. Taking it one day at a time. One task at a time.
Take a moment to reflect where you’re at right now. And be honest with yourself. Is there anything in your life that you’ve been failing on, over an extended period of time? Is there anything in your life you can start making small steps on?