The coming new year is all about numbers. The end of the fiscal year means that on January 1st you start all over with income calculations, tax records, medical deductibles, vacation days, budgets and the list goes on. We think of our new resolutions and intentions in terms of numbers as well. I want to make 10K more this year, I want to save 5K this year, I want to lose 25 pounds, I want to lower my blood pressure to 120/80!
One of my favorite quotes of Albert Einstein’s is:
Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.
There is a sense of accomplishment when we can measure our success. Having a specific measurable goal may also limit our potential.
What would it take to create goals that would have a life-long value and impact? Yes, improving your health by losing weight would fit into that category but that is only one piece of the puzzle. You could be the perfect weight and hate your work so much that you actually experience more health issues and greater unhappiness in the long run.
I have always struggled with my weight even when I was at a perfect weight. This new year I have decided that my goal is to do what it takes to return my body to its natural healthy state. I know that I can do this. In the past few years I have taken my blood pressure issue seriously and without taking medication I have lowered it to an normal range averaging about 120/80. During my post-surgery/wound recovery stage I was craving lamb. Luckily I liked lamb and was able to find it at the local farmer’s markets. I decided to look into this craving only to find out that lamb has the highest content of vitamins and minerals necessary for rebuilding tissue. I am so glad I have learned to listen to my body and act on it.
Attention is the nutrient your body needs. Deepak Chopra
What will you give your attention to in the big picture of your life in 2012?
Will your measure of success be a number or a knowing?