Getting Ready for the 2012 Challenge

It is so great to see so many posts about everyone getting ready, saying “they’re in”, change is in the air, kicking carb’s to the curb, did my walks today, etc.  This is such an important part of the process.  Keep up the momentum!

However, there were a couple of reasons I don’t want to start the challenge until mid-month.  Specifically, we need to make sure we’ve each laid our foundation of Purpose, Preparation and Planning.

Purpose?

According to Wikipedia . . . Purpose is a word meaning an object to be reached; a target; an aim; a goal; a result that is desired; an intention. Purpose’s basic concept is an individual’s voluntary behavior activity awareness. Defining purpose is often relatively vague and almost meaningless; however, the concept is valuable and therefore retained.

I think you  must think about the purpose of what you are undertaking.  The “why” is just how you got here.  It is the story that set up your purpose.  But purpose, I think, is more than why.  It is deliberate.  I am doing this on Purpose. I am making a conscious choice to change.  My purpose is to become a healthy individual.

 

Preparation

Preparation takes me from my purposeful intent to do something, to the next step of visualizing of my impending actions.

As defined – Preparation.  NOUN  1. preparing something or somebody: the work or planning involved in making something or somebody ready or in putting something together in advance ( often used before a noun)” a preparation time of about 45 minutes”   2. readiness: a state of readiness “Twenty place settings lay carefully arranged in preparation for the guests.” 3. preparatory measure: something done in advance in order to be ready for a future event (often pl)

We have to prepare ourselves for what is to come.  There is the physical side of preparation.  Cleaning out the cupboards, making a shopping list, buying a new set of shoes, etc.  But I found that preparation for me meant that I needed to decide that I was truly committed to the process that was to come. It was my mental commitment that I didn’t want to be fat anymore.

 

Planning

I love this word.  Planning.  I use the work a lot, at home, work, in boy scouts.   I need to plan my vacation.  What meals shall we plan this week? Shall we make plans to meet at the gym later?

Planning, by definition, is the process of setting goals, developing strategies, and outlining tasks and schedules to accomplish the goals.

Think about it.  Terrific vacations can sometimes just magically happen.  Rob used to say “Reno” early on a Friday afternoon.  By 7pm that night, we had already hopped a plane and were playing blackjack at The Fitzgerald.  But think about the planning that you put into making everything work.  For vacations: Imaging the details of where you will stay, what your travel arrangements to get there will be like.  What will you do when you get there.  How much will it cost?  Planning a dinner party?  We make grocery lists, double check ingrediants, see what is on sale?  Do my guests like fish or are there any food allergies?

Good planning let’s me be successful.  It doesn’t matter if the planning is which gear I will need for camping this weekend or planning my exercise week out on paper.  Planning ahead helps me ensure that I can get it done. More over, it ensures that I have the opportunity to be successful once I start.

 

So take a little time out of your day this week and review your three P’s.

Purpose, Preparation, and Planning

What do each of these things mean to you?

 

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