Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Making Progress

Isn't it funny that the keys to making your life better don't involve seeking out a great truth? That they basically just involve implementing things you already know? I have a friend who started counseling recently - not for any great tragedy, just to get a few things sorted out - and she was so relieved when her counselor told her that she already had all of the tools she needed, she just needed help putting them to use.

That's how I've been feeling lately as I've watched the easy success of my Dream Board. I haven't crossed anything off my Life List yet, but a few things are in the works. And the very simple goals that I wrote out, printed up, and can casually see every day as I walk into the kitchen have really become part of my unconscious simply because they're written down and in a place where I can see them.

It's so simple it's stupid! How many times have teachers, books, seminars, television shows, friends, etc. said that? "Make some simple goals and write them down." It's almost embarrassing that it's taken this long for me to do it. And even when I was doing it, it seemed a little redundant. Like, it's 4 goals, I can obviously remember them, it seems kind of dumb to print them out.

But I did, and it's been awesome. I feel like I have so much more direction now, Like, instead of wandering around the forest, I've stepped onto the path for a while. It's lovely.

As for specifics, my goal of having one social meet-up a month is going well. January and February each held something and the March meet-up is in the works. As for the goal of working out regularly, it's reeeeeeaaallly slow, but it's technically happening. It's been going like this:

Me: You know how I've been doing ab exercises at home to help my back? Well now you can start to see muscle, but it's under the fat. See?

B: Oh yeah, how's that going? Have you lost any of the weight you wanted to lose?

Me: Ummmm, no. I'm pretty sure those 30 min every ten days on the elliptical isn't really making it happen. It's a work in progress.

How's your list/goals coming along? If you need more inspiration that my small steps of progress, you should know that as of yesterday Maggie Mason (original proponent of the Life List) just got more of her list sponsored by another company. How are you ever going to get Google to send you to Istanbul if you don't put something on paper?


Leslie said...

"Oh Dorothy, you could have gone home at any time. All you have to do is click your heels together three times and say 'There's no place like home'"
Really, Glenda? REALLY? You mean I could have avoided the monkeys and the murder? Hmm.

Thanks for the reminder that we've all got the tools, baby :)

Maggie Mason said...

I love this post. And I love the idea of a list as a path. Go, you.

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