40 by 40 – Lessons Learned
Seven weeks into my 40 by 40 challenge, I hit a milestone. I have successfully lost 5 pounds! According to my challenge, I should be losing approximately 2.3 pounds a week; I am at .7 pounds (-1.6lb./week deficit). However… and this is a big however… I have LOST 5 pounds since I started my personal challenge! Yes, seven weeks ago I was 5 pounds heavier than I am today.
Here are some key lessons learned from these past seven weeks of my challenge.
1. Celebrate victory
Any time you set out to achieve a goal, no matter how big or small it is, take time to celebrate milestones! Remember, this is not a sprint but a marathon. You are in this for the long haul and there will be ups and downs. The important thing is to finish, not to give up! By celebrating short term milestones, you allow yourself to, momentarily, bask in the glory and feel good about what you have done. After all, you have put hard work into this and you should take time to feel good about yourself!
2. Learn from your mistakes
No matter what, don’t dwell on the mistakes but use them to learn from and move forward. As I reflect on my chart that I use to record my progress, I look to see what I did or did not do in order to achieve the results recorded. If I wasn’t happy with my results, I acknowledged my unhappiness and made necessary adjustments. If you allow your mistakes to discourage you, then you will have a very hard time moving ahead.
3. Focus on the future
Focusing on the future creates vision. And with vision, comes results! Instead of getting bogged down on the past or present, concentrate on the future and visualize where you want to be. This, I have learned, keeps you on the right track to reaching your goals.
If weight loss is your goal, then place a picture of what you wish to look like on your bathroom mirror so you can see it every day. If saving money is your goal, then create something that allows you to visualize what saving money means to you and look at that every day. This will keep you motivated and on track to achieving your goal!
Take these three lessons I have learned and apply them to your goals! If you try these strategies, I bet you will be surprised to see what happens next! Feel free to share how you feel to others. Success is contagious; become a leader and help out by sharing your success and celebrating your victory!
Erik Johnson, the author of this blog, is employed by a privately owned chemical manufacturing facility – working in training as well as supervision. During Erik’s off hours, he enjoys traveling with his beautiful wife, cooking, hanging out with the kids, and playing with his two dogs. He also enjoys cycling, running, and anything else that keeps him outside. You can find him hanging out at the local antique shops searching for hidden treasures. Erik’s strength comes from his positive outlook on life. He incorporates his optimism and love of life into helping others and inspiring people to reach their full potential.