In Self Help for Dummies I threatened to serialize the outline of this book. Here is the draft of the fourth chapter.
Chapter 4 Setting goals and making lists
After our rugby example in the last chapter, you’re probably wondering what we are going to do with all of this “focus”. I’ll tell you what we’re going to do. We are going to set some goals that you wouldn’t believe achievable in a hundred years, and then go out and achieve them.
How, you might ask? Easy, with lists.
Let me prove to you, what a winner you actually are, without even realizing it. Let’s say your objective is to lose some weight and get into shape for Summer.
If you look at the problem like this, you are sure to fail;
(a) You are here———————————->>> you’d like to be here.(b)
But if you look at the same problem like this, you will succeed easily;
(a) you could be here——>>(b) you are here——>you’d like to be here.(c)
By accepting that by doing absolutely nothing you are probably half way to achieving your objective already, it makes the remainder of the task EASY.
Here is the task in pictures;
(a) You could be here
(b) But you are actually here
(c) And you’d like to be here
Now let’s do the list. Get a piece of paper and write down weights as follows;
in 5kg increments until you get down to
maybe you’re about here
maybe you’d like to be here
TICK OFF ALL THE WEIGHTS THAT YOU’RE LIGHTER THAN.
This is what you’ve achieved so far. Get some exercise, watch what you eat, and carry on ticking off the list. Besides, you’re more than half way there already.