Often times during a journey we tend to focus on how much of it is left.
Think of a long road trip with kids constantly asking, “Are we there yet?”
Think of running a race and wondering how many miles are left to complete.
Think of paying down your car loan and checking each month to see how much of the balance is left.
We always focus on what we have left to do. How much more time until _____. How much more money until _____. How much more effort until ____. How many years are left until _______.
It’s no different with health and fitness. We are constantly wondering how many calories we have left to eat today or how many reps until we get to be done with the set. We wonder how many pounds we have left to lose.
I guess the thing I want to talk about is what we so often forget… our journey so far. In other words, how we got here.
For example, if somebody wants to lose 50 pounds and has only lost 5 so far on their journey, it’s easy for them to focus on the 45 pounds left to lose…completely bypassing the achievement of losing those 5 pounds and not seeing that as a small win.
If we’re constantly missing the little successes, it makes the journey long, hard, and truth be told… kind of boring. No wonder people quit their health and fitness routine after a week or two.
There’s no joy in constantly feeling like you haven’t accomplished anything significant.
So the next time you find yourself lamenting on just how much is left until you reach your goals, I want you to think of how far you’ve already come and celebrate those milestones.