To reach milestones, you first have to start

Throughout the years, I’ve always had a bit of a problem with completing goals — or really even getting started with goals.

I would look at things like New Year’s resolutions and other goal setting, and I would come up with some really great ideas but I would have a hard time getting past the first week or the first month.

I’ve had a few successes.

Back in 2000, I was very successful in working a 12-step program and staying away from flour, sugar, other processed foods and sticking to a very strict meal plan. Unfortunately, my body didn’t like the fact that I stuck to that meal plan for so long and I started having trouble with my gall bladder, liver and kidneys. It led to me having to have my gall bladder removed, and I had other problems after the surgery. I eventually gained back all the weight I had lost.

A few years later, I successfully spent several months eating a low-carb, no sugar diet. Unfortunately, again, my body didn’t like it much and I started having kidney and heart troubles with really severe bouts of tachycardia. Even though I was very successful with the diet, I wasn’t able to lose much weight.

I have successfully given up little things in regards to diet. Almost two years ago, I gave up all “artificial sweeteners”. The withdrawal transitioning from artificial sweeteners was extremely difficult. Flushing those toxins from my body is one of the best things I’ve done.

When it comes to more “life-related” goals, those are where I’ve struggled. Be more organized. Have more work / life balance. Be more social. Do more outside activities. Those are all things that have been pretty big failures.

Trying to work out consistently is also something I’ve struggled with — although this is not one that is entirely my fault. Most of the time my attempts at working out have been flummoxed by my body betraying me. It’s either my back having issues, a broken ankle, another health condition cropping up, a knee dislocation, or some other issue.

Writing has typically fallen into these “fail” categories as well. It’s often because I’ve compared myself to other people. I’m not as strong of a writer as they are. I don’t have as much time to write as they do. What I have to say isn’t as important as what they have to say. There are two things recently that have changed my mindset quite a bit — Start by Jon Acuff and the Misfit Conference. Probably for the first time, I believe that I have a unique voice with something important to say.

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