Yesterday morning I put on my Garmin Vivoactive and for the first time I’d ever noticed it was 0, zero for those who need it spelled out. I decided to take a picture, at first thinking I’d post some whine about having to start all over again. Instead, it launched me into motivational speaker phase on Facebook. So throughout the day I took shots of my watch as I made progress throughout the day and posted updates.
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Here’s how it all got started.
We don’t start each day at zero in everything, but if all we ever do about anything is think about it, zero is where we will stay. Getting where we want to be is usually a case of thousands of small steps. If you’re afraid to take the first one, you’ll never see the one that marks your triumph.
We look at numbers with judgment. We compare them with where we want to be. Maybe we are not as far along as we wanted to be by now. But a number is just feedback about where you are. It gives the information you need to know what to do next. Are you on track? Do you need to speed up? A number, or any milestone you choose, lets you know.
Is zero really zero? If you are person who can walk normally and you tell a doctor you’re walking 3,000 steps a day, they’ll tell you that you are considered “sedentary.” At that rate you’ll stay exactly where you are, or even go backwards. Making progress means doing more than normal. To get something different, you have to do something different. You’re on your way, but maybe you’re just getting started.
So was it a goal? Or was it a commitment. If it’s a goal you can tell yourself that did more than zero, that you made progress. You’re not wrong, and there will be times when you’re better served by accepting what you did instead of what you wanted to do. If it’s a commitment, though, you know there is no stopping for good until you keep your word.
Keeping your word seems inevitable now. You could probably coast in at a sedentary level and still accomplish what you set out to do. To get here you have gone out of your way at times to work toward your goal. It’s so close now, though, that it is nagging at you. So coasting probably won’t cut it.
Congratulations! You met your goal or you kept your commitment. Celebrate! Seriously, acknowledge your accomplishment. Most of all, take time to think about what this means in the long game. Because individual goals are not usually about the individual accomplishment itself. They serve some greater goal. But today you did it. So what do you do now?
Maybe you did a little extra. Maybe you called it good. Either choice works. Maybe you did enough to see if you could do what you hope is your new normal. Whatever you did, there is good and bad news there. If you didn’t meet your goal, you can acknowledge what you did, but also look at what was more important to you. If you did meet your goal you can evaluate whether you can do more, but also what prices you paid to get what you got. Whatever you did, congratulations!