I’m one of those people who regularly sets goals and writes to-do lists.  There are many goals I achieve simply by having patience and taking enough steps.  Last week, when I attended a business retreat given by Michelle Pippin, I was reminded that some goals sometimes require faith you can achieve it, and by following the process.

Like weight.  Years ago, I remember after having my third baby and being challenged with losing that baby weight (I was never like all those famous people who lose all the weight within minutes of giving birth.)  I had been following the Weight Watcher diet (again), but this time, nothing seemed to work.  Everything I read kept saying, “diet AND exercise, diet AND exercise.  This was NOT what I wanted to hear.

I was used to dieting, but was not “into” exercising.  After reading an article that said if you can’t do 30 minutes, then start with 15–I reluctantly admitted I could do 15. My plan was less than noble. My thought process was that I would add exercise to my dieting for 6 weeks (I figured that was a respectable amount of time) and when “it” didn’t work, I had the ammunition to march down to my doctor’s office and say that something is wrong–give me a pill or do something to magically make my weight disappear (this was before liposuction).

I set out to walk around the neighborhood.  I timed myself, then tried to beat my last record time.  Soon I began to walk a driveway and then run to the next driveway.  I kept it up and eventually, I saw the results I wanted.  (I wish I could say that was the last time I had that losing weight challenge–but that’s another story, I mean–blog!) I

Now that I have started my own business, I am trying to discover the the right process to achieve the results I want.  The challenge this time is to figure out what the right process is.  There are many people who swear they have the answer and eager person that I am to “succeed,” have tried many of them.  Maybe someday, I’ll be able to tell you what the right formula is.  Or, perhaps, like weight loss, there is no easy or magical “fix.”

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