“Vision begins with provision, and provision begins with preparation. You have to be prepared for what He (God) sends your way.”
Taffiney Williams, Founder of Journey to Impact
When we set out to achieve total fitness, our goal usually involves one purpose: lose weight. In our minds, weight loss is the ultimate signal that you are on the right track. I mean the infomercial said that the smaller I am, the healthier I should be (insert gag reflex here). While, weight loss, if achieved right, is great, this approach is damaging to our journey to healthy living.
It implies that I should do whatever it takes to see weight loss, not to be healthy.
For some, this translates into excitement over seeing the scale move that propels them into a state of stagnant celebration. This is more common in women, like myself, that have struggled with managing their health for several years. Over time, they condition their minds to settle for any results we gain. This way, when these women begin a program, they will not be disappointed by not meeting their goal. However, what has transpired is a set up to accept that failure is the norm and the best they can ever expect to receive. They begin living from this defeated mentality, basing their decision-making skills off it.
As I was developing this for our new Goal-Planning Session material, I contemplated sharing this with you. I didn’t know how you would receive it. I mean what if I told you that you do not have to be afraid to take steps towards achieving a healthier you? What if you no longer had to fear giving up on a goal before it ever starts?
What if before you accept failure as your endpoint, you set yourself up to receive?
Prepared to Receive
The focus of prepared to receive is the ability to foresee the expected end and position yourself to act accordingly. The best way I can describe this is from the standpoint of a farmer. Every year, a farmer must prepare for the harvest he expects to yield. Depending on the crop, the farmer will condition the soil to achieve optimum produce. No farmer plants a crop not expecting produce. That would be a waste of time, energy, and resources. The same methods should be applied to your process.
Starting with the end in Sight
Before you set out to achieve another health goal, you need to get clear on what it is you would like to see as a result of your actions. If it is weight loss, then get clear on what weight loss you want to see. Don’t just say I want to lose weight. How much weight do you want to lose? What will you feel like as a result of this weight loss? Here’s a tool to help you get started:
As a result of (Program), I expect to see _____________, __________________, _______________, and _______________ as a result.
When you start sitting down and planning the end you expect, you will train your mind to expect success instead of failure. You will begin making decision based on the endpoint. You will challenge yourself to give more based on the outcome you expect. Finally, you will look as transformation as the journey it takes to get to your endpoint, instead of as the result success.
Tell me, how will your journey flourish once you begin preparing yourself to receive success?