Sunday, January 13, 2008

Looking Yourself and No Results in the Eye

Many times when we begin our effort, we don’t see the results we hoped for, whether we are trying to save money, earn money, lose weight, get a room in our house organized, etc. It’s important to realize that there is a difference between no results and slow results. What may appear as no results – perhaps trying to sell something, can still bring eventual results, if we simply learn from every experience. And more often the results are just slower in coming than we’d like.

I have reviewed products online and recommended them (yes, they were genuinely good products), hoping to gain an affiliate commission. In one case in the 3 months after I wrote the review, there was one sale for a $7 commission. Not exactly what I might have hoped for. Now, for a reason unbeknownst to me, I’ve had 3 sales from that same review in the last week. I’m guessing that the product owner is doing some promotion and therefore more people are searching for reviews of it. But my point is, what looked like no results, was simply slow results. Getting discouraged and depressed about what looked like no results would probably have caused me to stop writing reviews and I would have missed out on a small income stream that I’m building.

Similarly with getting in shape and losing weight, it is easy to get discouraged if you have made changes in your life and aren’t seeing results. Give yourself some positive feedback simply by praising your own efforts. Lisa Nichols recommends looking into your own eyes in the mirror and telling yourself how proud you are of your efforts. It may sound dumb, but I think this is worth doing. It is hard to break the inertia of just keeping on with what we’re already doing. If you’ve changed some part of your life, NO MATTER HOW SMALL THE CHANGE, then you should be proud and praise yourself.

One positive change can lead to another even if you can’t measure the progress yet. This last week I ran 10 miles total for the week. Perhaps running 10 miles a week will be enough to help me shed some pounds, but if it isn’t, running 10 miles a week for a few weeks will improve my physical condition to where I can run 12 – 15 miles a week and perhaps that will be enough that I begin losing weight.

So go ahead and look yourself in the eye and say I am so proud of you for deciding to …. and taking that first step of …… . I know that having decided to make this change that great things are coming into your life. Keep it up kid!

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