Small Success: Running Downhill

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Last week, I listed my goals: 1) Develop the friendships I have, work to deepen them. 2) Lose 20 pounds and 3) get my book published. From everything I’ve read, the surest way to meet goals is to 1) make them, 2) write them down and 3) hold yourself accountable, so I’m using SST as a way to count my blessings and monitor my progress.

In the friendship department, going out to lunch with one friend, calling another, and trying to spend time one on one with all these people who keep calling me Mom has made the week super busy, but joyful. I’ve written down whom I’m to try to reach out to, each week, to try and make sure it happens. One by phone, one by person, one by letters. On the workout goal, this week, I’ve exercised four days (as of writing this), and am steeling myself up to do it again as soon as I finish this piece.

They’re all examples of progress, not perfection, but the bigger insight I’ve gathered from this past week of trying to will myself to get on these goals and take them seriously is to start with the easy stuff.  For example, in exercise magazines, they say, “run downhill.” Why? Because it feels faster, it is easier, and helps you build up to running more. So I’m applying the run-downhill theory to the other venues.

How do I run downhill in editing the book? I’d better pull up the book so when I get to my computer in the afternoon, I won’t have the excuses I might otherwise try to find. I’m also setting the timer, so I must work on the book for a set period of time, and this will be the routine until it becomes routine. (21 days for a good habit or to break a bad one).

I hope you had a week filled with running downhill, and that next week is even easier.

What small successes are you celebrating this week?


Copyright 2018 Sherry Antonetti

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Sherry Antonetti is a mother of ten children, published author of The Book of Helen and a freelance writer of humor and family life columns. You can read additional pieces from her blog, http://sherryantonettiwrites.blogspot.com.

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