My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.” ~ Hank Aaron
Throughout history, sports figures have given us a plethora of motivational quotes to keep trying, not only on the field, but off it as well.
Hank Aaron was considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time, yet according to his quote above, there were times where he felt badly, was in a slump, or he had trouble off the field.
How did he fix it? The only thing to do was to keep swinging.
When looking back on 2011, there were ups and downs in everyone’s lives – the economy was poor, people were losing their jobs, people were losing their loved ones, you name it, and people were experiencing slumps, feeling badly, or having trouble off the field.
The only thing to do is to keep swinging.
Success to Failure Ratio
In baseball, if you are able to maintain a .350 batting average for a lifetime, you would have your own ticket to the Hall of Fame.
Have you ever stopped to realize that this means that a batter is only successful 35% of the time?
When trying to maintain your weight, do you feel that your success to failure ratio is low?
Maybe you wanted to get through the holidays without a deviation.
Or maybe your planned menu that you were so careful to pack was forgotten at home and so you had to improvise.
Or maybe the scale you packed in your luggage so carefully to be diligent on vacation was lost and there is no way to monitor your progress.
Always remember that those that have been successful with maintenance are just like Hank Aaron – they experience the slumps, the feeling badly, or the trouble off the field – yet they get right back up and keep swinging.
Failures = Greatest Lessons?
In life, we will make many mistakes. It’s inevitable.
However, these mistakes can be learning opportunities – they can shape us into who we are through trial and error. By making mistakes, we learn what works and what doesn’t, and then hopefully we stop doing what doesn’t.
The mistakes we make today will become tomorrow’s good choices.
We cherish and remember successes because of the lessons and stories behind them. When you are on a path to a goal, or dream, there will be bumps along the way, and this will build character, and teach us about perseverance.
When learning about your body, what it needs, what it wants, what makes it run optimally, are you learning from the mistakes you make along the way?
Wasn’t it Albert Einstein that once said “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”?
If you change course when something isn’t working, you keep swinging.
Praise your Resilience
Being living creatures, we are resilient. Can you imagine a lioness giving up every time she failed to make a kill? Her pride would starve to death.
If we give up every time we experienced a slump, feeling badly, or trouble off the field, we would cease to grow and move forward.
You do have the ability to pick up the bat again and again and just swing – chances are you won’t hit it every time you swing, but if you just keep swinging, it will connect.
Just keep swinging.
No matter what your 2011 was like – put it away – learn from the mistakes and move on. Keep swinging.
A New Year is upon us – we have a chance to make things better than they were the year before. We have a chance to strive for success in this journey we call life.
Let’s all make 2012 the year we feel driven towards success.
Success in weight control
Success in health control
Success in emotional control
Success in physical control
Success in financial control
What will you strive for in 2012?
Give Me 10 Minutes
At the end of every year (for the past 4 years), I have performed this little exercise with my readers. It’s fun, it’s interactive, and it helps focus on things that you WILL be able to do in 2011, if you just keep swinging.
Set your stop watch for just ten minutes, and in those ten minutes I want you to list all the things you KNOW you will be able to do in 2012 (even if you won’t have a chance to get them done) – things that are weight related that you couldn’t do before, or that were next to impossible to do. Things that you just didn’t want to do because you were morbidly obese or for that matter, just overweight.
These are the rules:
Start each statement with “I am so happy and grateful now that”
You can only spend TEN MINUTES
Let your mind run wild, be whimsical, be realistic, it doesn’t matter
Concentrate on things that are weight loss related – things you couldn’t do before that you will be able to do when weight isn’t an issue
If you feel like sharing your list, please comment on my blog.
And remember, KEEP SWINGING!!!