Hi Journal & Friends,
"My ability to concentrate and work toward that goal
has been my greatest asset."
Some people love it... follow all the tournaments, know all the players and stats. They say it's a metaphor for Life.
Some people would rather watch paint dry than watch golf. Sorry... I'm in that category.
Yet I DO admire champions. They have my respect because to rise to the level of Champion at ANYTHING takes dedication, hard work, and a mindset that just won't take No for an answer. I always think "I can learn something from that guy."
"Don't be too proud to take lessons. I'm not."
Well, before Tiger Woods there was Jack Nicklaus. The Golden Bear. Regarded as one of the greatest professional golfers of all times. A legend.
Jack Nicklaus was once interviewed about his amazing success. How do you do it? You are so perfect... do you ever make a mistake?
He told them of course he made mistakes... he made them all the time. But, he also did something most people did NOT do.
Most people will replay their mistakes in their mind, cringing, and relive them, rehearse them, over and over. They were, in effect, reinforcing the mistake in their mind.
Not Jack. In his mind's eye he would see himself making the shot perfectly, hitting the "sweet spot". And he did this every time he made a mistake. He rehearsed success, not failure. This was his secret to becoming a Champion golfer, a Legend.
When I heard that story, ding! I realized I've been focusing too much on my mistakes.
Many nights I used to go to sleep listening to my ipod, listening to a voice that led me along a beautiful beach, and had me imagining how I will look, what I'd like to wear, how I will feel when I have lost my weight. It was fun! It made it seem so real, like I'd already seen it, experienced it... and it was just a place to which I was returning.
But I gradually stopped doing it.. I dunno why. I just did. And other things like that, I gradually stopped. I think each little thing in and of itself was no big deal. But all together...they influenced me. They affected my attitude.
"Focus on remedies, not faults."
So... I am re-starting all the little stuff I used to do:
My bedtime visualization.
My motivational cards.
My chapter a day in a good book.
My daily review of my Goals page, reading it outloud.
You know... all the stuff that affects the Mental aspect of this journey.
I guess I forgot: The battle is won or lost between the ears!
Even when we have to dig ourselves out of a self-made hole... we can. I really believe we can. And I am feeling spunky again, and ready to do some digging of my own!
And now for this weeks Hot 100 update.
In a nutshell: not so hot last week. Up and down.
But Yesterday and today were different. My attitude was different. And I DID different. So I am stubbornly clinging to the belief that from here on out, things are looking up!
From Dr Phil's book: "Putting into action everything you've learned is critical to keeping your positive momentum alive."
My verse for today: "The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy."
My quote for today: "Resolve never to quit, never to give up, no matter what the situation." --Jack Nicklaus
Enjoy the Journey,