This is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. -Winston Churchill
I know that it is hard sometimes – this journey. It feels like what you were so energized about day one seems so far away now. Maybe it’s becoming hard to envision your goals. Perhaps you have been on this journey for awhile now, but you aren’t quite there yet.
I understand. I’m there, too!
There are times when I feel like I’m not sure if what I’m doing is working. Sometimes the scale doesn’t reflect my hard work and other times it reflects work that I don’t think I’ve put in. It is frustrating. But I often think of my favorite quote (thank you Mr. Churchill) and I remember that journeys are not one straight path. There are ups and downs, circular options, winding roads and barriers that must be broken through in order to move on. And most of all, a journey is a process with a beginning, a middle and an end. And while I may not be at the END of my journey – I still HAVE made progress and perhaps can consider myself a little closer to the next chapter. And remembering that makes me feel better about how long it takes to reach goals.
It also reminds me that even though I’m not always personally successful, that maybe sharing my journey of ups and downs may be inspiring to others in ways that I’m not aware of. My cousin, who I have no memories of a time when she was not a part of my life, has been on a weight loss journey herself. She grew up in similar situations to me – after all, we are family. Big portions, lots of meat, eat all you want sugar fest type of world where unlimited sodas literally happened even in the home. She now owns her own catering business which I can imagine is hard to be around delicious food all the time and not indulge. She also has three children ranging from elementary to high school. What a whirlwind her life must be. But she reached out to me a few days ago to tell me that she’s lost almost 40 pounds. She is only about a pound away from her ultimate goal and I am so impressed with her and had this moment of – “i wish I had lost 40 pounds!”Of course, I told her congrats first and foremost. But her response to me was to not be jealous because I was part of her inspiration.
That felt like winning to me, it felt like success even if it was not my own. I am so incredibly proud of the people in my life that have started to meet their own goals. Some are ahead and behind of me – but we are all on this course together. When you are feeling down and out about your own success or lack thereof at the moment, remember the people that you are inspiring around you and feel blessed. For every person who may say “you motivated me” – there are countless others who may be inspired by your dedication and never say a word. I promise you, this is true.
So keep on keeping on, friends – your success can be measured by not just your own achieved goals – but of how many others you help even just a tiny bit along the way. And that is something that makes the journey so much more rich and rewarding.