The Path is the Goal
We set a fabulous goal and start on our journey to reach it, always having the end in sight. What if all we needed to do was stay on the path heading towards our goal? Just quit quitting.
Why do we quit?
Many times we quit because we think the journey will look and feel different. We aren't expecting ourselves to be so human. We believe we will be so much more brilliant at achieving our goals. We are motivated and excited and then our brain steps in and reminds us how we have always been. We lose our momentum. When we are having a hard time changing, we second guess our ability to make the transition. Often we also underestimate the time that it will take to truly change our identities.
What if this journey took 3 years, would you still be all in?
Would you stay on a path that ends up being so much longer and strenuous than you originally thought? What if every detour was critical to the way. If the path is the goal, then we start to look at all the little stops and starts as significant.
What the Path Often Looks Like
You have slipped backwards and done what you said you wouldn’t
Things are heading in the opposite direction of the goal
It’s foggy up ahead and all around for that matter. Such low visibility you can’t see what’s coming
If you can see your path laid out in front of you, step-by-step, you know it's not your path. Your own path you make up with every step you take. That's why it's your path. Joseph Campbell
It's All About the Inches
Remember, there is always a next step that is small enough to take. With weight loss, maybe it's just making a plan for the next hour or what you will do at the dinner party tonight. It might be going to bed when you feel like raiding the pantry. It is the 1% changes that make all the difference.
Staying on the path means you're in it for the long haul and you are not a quitter. It means that you finish what you start. It means you're patient and you don't need to know exactly how it's going to unfold. These are meta skills that serve you in every area of your life.