Women Over Fifty—Take the Challenge!
For those of you who have been following this New Year’s series—proven methods for achieving the success you want—I’m inviting you, now, to step up to the plate. For those of you who are new to my blog and haven’t, as yet, had a chance to review the guidelines, I suggest you take a look at the process. Each of the steps can be found under posts made in January or those under “Your Midlife Revival.”
As women over fifty, the majority of us have spent much of our lives putting the needs of others ahead of our own. In fact, all too frequently our goals fell to the bottom of our lists. In many ways, we’re hard-wired to do this. Mother Nature has graced women with the hormones and brain chemistry that cause us to nurture and do for those around us—especially as mothers of young children.
With age, however, our hormones shift and we acquire a renewed focus on our own aspirations. So, ladies this is YOUR TIME and there never was a better one. Numerologists tell us that 2008 adds up to a “one year.” Accordingly, this is an auspicious time for creating a vision for yourself, beginning new ventures, and setting and achieving goals. I’m not suggesting that you start believing in numerology (unless you already do) but this does seem like a great message to kick off the New Year.
So, without further ado, let’s take the plunge and commit publicly to achieving something we deeply desire. As promised, I’ll begin the process. I’ve wanted, for some time, to get rid of my middle-aged spread once and for all. This means I need to lose at least ten pounds. A few more wouldn’t hurt, but I’ve learned to make my goals challenging enough to motivate me but not so difficult that I’ll get discouraged and quit.
According to our guidelines, I need to keep my end goal in mind and work backwards to create smaller, achievable steps so as to monitor my progress:
I hereby commit to losing 10 pounds by May 1st.
7 pounds by April 1st
4 pounds by March 1st.
I’m stating these goals publicly and will report back to you monthly. I recognize that the added incentive of declaring my progress, or lack thereof, in an open forum will help me overcome temptation and keep my eyes on my desired outcome. After all, I don’t want to have to tell you that I’ve failed.
And, now who will be next to step up to the plate? I realize that this can be frightening but it can also be a huge motivator. Think of the stars who’ve advertised their diet successes on TV. When they started, they needed to lose substantial amounts of weight. But, with all those eyes upon them, they also knew that they shouldn’t and wouldn’t fail.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not talking only about goals that concern weight loss. These are just good examples of the power of planning, monitoring your progress at selected intervals, and using a network to support your efforts. But you may have very different objectives for yourself. Just remember to break your end result down into smaller steps so that you can schedule and check your results as you go along.
So, make your commitment public and go after what you want with the full force of your resolve and energies. This is truly your golden opportunity to define your goals, take on the challenge, and pledge to make your very own dreams come true!