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A New Day, A Better Choice


I cheat on my diet. My problem is not fidelity; it is temptation. Fidelity is a characteristic. Temptation is a choice. Today’s donut does not dictate tomorrow’s habit. Tomorrow is a new day and I can satisfy my appetite within the guidelines of my health program. I can make better choices.

Start at Zero
In achieving goals, fundamentals are consistent and classic. Children have learned for over 100 years from reading Alice in Wonderland, “’Begin at the beginning,’ the King said, very gravely, ‘and go on till you come to the end: then stop.’” Upon setting a measurable goal, get started, trust each step, cross the finish line. As part of my fitness regimen, exercise goals are important. When I eat badly, I can still decide to run according to that specific schedule. One unsatisfactory component of the program does not necessarily dismiss the entire plan. Of course, we may encounter terminal events. But, not every day. Succumbing to temptations does not necessarily result in failure. Simply choose to do better the next day. Let your character be consistent, even when an individual choice is not.

Watch Your Goal
Achieving weight loss, or any other challenge, is not a linear proposition. Factors from illness, to schedules, to weather can affect the end result. However, the advantage of trusting a process is that no factor in isolation dictates the end result. Repeatedly deviating from the course most likely results in a dramatically different destination. But, by keeping focus on the goal the destination remains attainable. Quarterly sales targets are not achieved in one day. Success results from ongoing activity toward the specific goal.

The Finish Line
Sprinters learn to explode though the finish line. By keeping the goal in sight, winners know exactly how to approach the desired result. Five pounds from your target weight? Not the time for pizza and beer until dawn? Victory is at hand, so reach out and grab it! Two chapters from completing the novel, who puts the book on the shelf and forgets about it? Seize the moment and the brass ring!

Understandably, delays and distractions are part of goal achievement. They are often unavoidable, but tomorrow is a new day. After trusting each correct step, watching the goal, and crossing the finish line, realize that success is a matter of when, not if. Yes, some goals are timed. Other goals require a second try. But, a new day provides for both potential pitfalls. Students have one shot to graduate in May of their fourth year. But, the opportunity to graduate remains. Deadlines can be re-written, but success is always remembered. Embrace the new day, start where you are and achieve that specific goal.

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” ~Marcus Aurelius

By Glenn W Hunter
Managing Director of Mo Patton Sports, LLC



February 17, 2016 - Posted by | Better Person | , , , , , , ,

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