But just like you, perhaps, I can get caught up in the numbers game.
My 18th birthday was spent not remembering much except for having a good time; back then, that was the age we could legally drink in this nation.
My 21st birthday was my first date with my husband before he had that distinction. By the time 29 rolled around I had three children.
Year 30 was not a good year—or decade for that matter. Forty and beyond was the beginning of a new-found excitement and self-discovery.
Here I am now, at age 55 and loving every minute of it! Numbers. They can mean so much and mean differently to different people.
I’m currently in the Ultimate Blog Challenge (as most of you know and are, too), where the goal is to write 31 posts in 31 days. The challenge is held 4 times a year during a 31-day month, such as July and October; this is my 4th stab at completing all 31 posts. I’ve reached as high as 23.
This time, however, I decided I wasn’t going to allow the number to bother me. What I mean is that, OK, for example, today is the 19th and with the post you’re reading now, I will have 19 posts published—only 12 more to go! I’m not thinking about the 12 more pieces I have to write or the 19 I already got done. What I am concentrating on is the fact that I’ve posted an equal amount to the number of days thus far in the challenge! Woot! Woot!
For those times, however, when I did not equal the number of posts with the number of days in the month, I proudly patted myself on the back and said, “You’ll do better next time.” And I did. Each time I posted more articles.
I’ve heard of people who want to lose weight use this method as well. They don’t pay attention to the number on the scale—heck, a few as I understand it don’t even bother getting on the scale! Think I’ll use this method when I begin losing the pounds, too. I could also use this method when walking or exercising; not paying attention to the quantity, but in the quality only of the action-taking.
Today is October 19, 2012. Thirty-nine years ago my dad got his hand caught in the corn picker, losing half of his left thumb and most of the skin off of that hand. Anniversaries of events such as this one takes me back to a time when he was alive, making this day not such a sad one where the accident is concerned.
Do you let the numbers game win you over? What if you didn’t pay attention to the number quite so much and concentrated on the more important reason of the day? How might that change the way you feel about numbers?
I’d love to hear your thoughts and what numbers are perhaps your protagonist.
To your success,
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~Aristotle
Peggy Lee Hanson, personal transition guide and mentor, is expert at compassionately helping those suffering loss of any proportion, especially through unemployment. Using proven strategies and support, she teaches how to move quickly and easily through current or impending life-changing moments so that you can have the life you are meant -- and deserve -- to live.
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