Friday, September 20, 2013

How to Get Started

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

    Lao-tzu, Chinese philosopher (604 BC - 531 BC)
Nobody wants to be obese.  Nobody wants to be out of shape.  Millions of people make new years resolutions each year and abandon them within a month.  Lots of people have goals, but most people don't make plans.  A goal without a plan is just a wish.

The way to get started is to set your goals and then plan on how to reach them.  Without breaking down the work into smaller steps, the overall task is too daunting.  Most people are too intimidated to take the first step.

Do you want to lose weight?  You need to eat less and exercise more.  Each day, every day.  You monitor your progress by tracking it daily.  That means counting what you are taking in, and what you are exerting.  You can do this in a spreadsheet or using any of the myriad of web sites and or mobile phone apps out there.

Can you reach your goals without a plan?  Maybe, but not likely.  If you don't break it down into smaller pieces, the odds are that you'll never figure out how to start.

Where to start is not as important as how to start.  How do you start?  Start walking.  Take that first step.