As a motivational speaker, I’ve been speaking about goal setting for about 18 years. And, in those talks, I talk about planning your goals, visualizing your success, and do something every day to work toward it. I too was setting my own goals. This weekend, one of those goals became a reality. I reached a milestone of losing 50 lbs. I’m so grateful for the results of hard work, determination, and workouts when I didn’t feel like working out. It has taken me two years since I took this goal really seriously and I thought it would only take 6-8 months! Part of me questioned, why? Why is it taking me so long? I was comparing myself to others who were speeding right by me with their results. Why so slow? Why am I the tortoise? And you know what? Now that I’ve reached this goal, I can safely say, Who cares! It’s not about comparing myself to other people and their progress. It’s not even about me comparing my progress to what I set out in terms of my goal. It’s really about success sometimes takes longer than planned, and for me that’s okay. Slow is better than never. So, today I embrace a goal achieved – yes, it took a LOT longer than planned, but look at the alternative; I could have given up, I could have lost weight quick only to have it ‘found’ along with some friends, so in that respect, I am happy for today. I’m writing this not only for those of you graciously reading this, but for me too. I sometimes look at other goals in my life, professional, financial, spiritual, and slide into comparing where I am with others. I need to let go of the journey taken by others and only look at mine. And, as I look at my progress, I need to accept the fact that sometimes, success takes longer than planned.
From your slower than your average bear, motivational speaker, Marilyn Sherman