Let go of the outcome
Focussing on the effort, rather than the outcome can be a huge relief for some. Those of us who are very goal-oriented may find it a struggle, but we all need to try to congratulate ourselves for the steps we make.
If your goal is weight-loss you can:
Cook healthy dinners for the joy of being healthy, for the relaxing time you can spend in the kitchen listening to music, the enjoyment of experimenting with herbs and new cooking methods (for me this is all cooking methods!)
Exercise for the stress relief, for the endorphins, for the feeling of strength you can get, for the knowledge that you are helping your heart.
If you only focus on the weight-loss: you are missing out on enjoyment, exercise and eating healthily will become a chore, and you will find that once you achieve your goal the lifestyle you’ve adopted will be unsustainable.
If you are looking for motivation for another project then the same rules can apply.
I know that for many of my readers this is common sense, and I’m writing it here to keep me on track! If you can gain anything from this post though; please let me know!
No longer forward nor behind
I look in hope and fear;
But grateful take the good I find,
The best of now and here.
John G. Whittier