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Focus on How Far You’ve Come

Posted Sep 07 2008 7:56pm

“How much farther do we have to go?” “Are we there yet?”

Too often, we tend to focus on how much further we have to go before we reach our goal. Instead, try focusing on how far you’ve already come since you started your journey. Think about the things that you can do now, that you couldn’t do before.

In my case, I can think of several. When I started this journey, I couldn’t sit down and tie my shoes without getting winded. Now I can not only tie my shoes without getting winded, but I can do it while bending over in the middle of a subway platform. I started out walking under a mile at about 3 miles per hour. I’m now up to over 2 miles, at a rate of 3.5 miles per hour. I really noticed a difference the other day, when I was walking home from the supermarket. Last year at this time, by the time I made it home, I would be huffing, puffing, seriously out of breath and dragging with the effort. I not only made it home without huffing and puffing, but I ran up the front steps, too!

If you haven’t already done so, start a journal to track your progress. In it, list the things you can do now, compared to what you were able to do when you started. I bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

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