set your goals high

old biker
By old biker Latest Reply 2012-06-02 17:58:38 -0500
Started 2012-05-28 18:06:11 -0500

Hi people, bear with me for a minute I know where I want to go with this.It's just a question of how to get there..Everyone of us whether young or old, pre-dianosed, newbe or dealing with diabetes all your life..If you are serious about the quiality of your life and living to a ripe old age. There will come a time when you need to make some changes. It could be losing weight,change of diet, getting off meds or just learning something new.
For most of us that means setting some goals..Just let me underline that all a goal is, is something to aim for.. and if you come up short it's not the end of the world..If your goal was to lose 10lbs and you lost 5lbs you are ahead of the win situation.
Sometimes we fall short by setting the goal to low. We take the easy way out or we just sell ourselves short..How many times have we said " I know I should but I can't do that" People I am here to tell you there is Nothing you cant do. The onlly limits we have are the one's we choose to place on ourselves.
And now we come to the point of all this. I would like to share the best piece of advice I was ever given, it changed my life for the better and could change yours too if you take it to heart.
But now I have to tell you about my friend kenny..I met kenny 30 years ago.I had just moved to a rual area of upstate N.Y and he was my down the road a piece neighbor. I was 35 yrs old and ken was 30..He was a born and raised red neck country boy. He was also one of the smartest men I have ever met. We ended up good friends and spent a lot of time together..Kenny use to amaze me. Thru the years I found there was NOTHING kenny couldn't do. I don't care what it was from building a house from scratch or setting up a high tech recording studio, playing 5 different musical instruments, the list goes on and on.
Finally one day I had to ask him " kenny how did you ever learn all this stuff" He just laughed and said " stu one day I just decieded to take the word can't out of my vocabulary, I figure if somebody else can do it I can too and once I did that I found there was nothing I couldn't do.
Ken changed my life that day. I took that to heart and found out he was right. Once I lost that word my life changed forever..and failure was never again an option.
Try it!!!!! It really dose work.. We all have an inherent power of greatness in us..Just waiting to be put to good use.Don't ever sell yourself short go for it. Reach for the stars in all your goals in life, lose that word can't and reap the rewards. We are all in this fight with diabetes together..So much is written about diet and meds and exercise.. But not enough on attitude, a little bit of attitude goes along way…Thanks for listening and keep fighting the good fight

23 replies

cindygal1 2012-06-02 17:58:38 -0500 Report

You are right take out the can't and you will fine out what you can and accommplish, with diabetes you have to learn a lot and lear to cope with and do the things that he to be done.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-05-30 06:10:56 -0500 Report

Hi Stu, it's funny you said reach for the stars, when my daughter was a drug addict i always would tell her that and continue to do so. She has been clean now for almost 9 months and went back to school. She continues to find herself everyday! For me I've always been a high achiever, I won't settle falling down and staying down. You are so right about attitude. Even before a person gets out of bed they should set their mind towards the positive, yes that's hard when you're aching and moaning! We have to change and find what can keep us going! When I was diagnosed I read everything I could get my hands on, I log my foods and I've had plenty of obstacles like others, but you have to decide to take care of yourself and be positive! Two things that have truly stuck with me since I was diagnosed that people have told me are, "Diabetes is the only disease that is controlled by your decisions and what you do" the other is when the Endo at the Mayo clinic said to me, "you know diabetes is all about diet". There is so much more to say, but I've written a book already. If we change our attitudes that's the first step towards controlling our own lives!

old biker
old biker 2012-05-30 07:35:14 -0500 Report

That is so great to hear about your daughters success. I fought my demons and continue to do so, my daughter has been clean and sober for 12 years ..It can be done..Give her a big hug for me

old biker
old biker 2012-05-30 07:24:50 -0500 Report

So very true..You have a great qoute on your status wall..If you don't change what you are doing today..All your tomorrows will look like yesterday" That is powerfull..I wrote this post on setting high goals for two reasons.One in hopes of inspiring others, and two by doing so I keep myself going.
I am doing today, what 4 months ago was my imposible dream. I walked at a good pace the 1.3 mile jogging trail at the park,with out the use of my cane. Four months ago I had to stop 7 times because of the pain from clogged arteries in my leggs..Am I happy about that..It was the best feeling i had in years. I reached my unreachabe star. But that was yesterday. Today we raised the bar once more. I will jog that track in one years time..Getting back to what you said "be positive"
Not every cloud has a silver lining.But you can take some negative things in your life and turn them into something positive..Have a great day lady

Set apart
Set apart 2012-05-30 09:16:49 -0500 Report

So true, everything you have said this is how I see it if it wouldn't be for D I would have never found DC or the friends I have here! Looking for the positive in mostly everything! Congratulations on your latest accomplishments, taking one day at a time! Best Wishes!

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-05-29 22:36:53 -0500 Report

Thanks for the wonderful post. My situation is like dietcherry's and having a good attitude is a must. I'm blessed to have a loving family who support me. I'm so happy you met Kenny and gained a friend and role model as we all can use one:)

Young1s 2012-05-29 10:16:27 -0500 Report

This is so true. I'm always happily amazed by what I can do when I firmly decide, "I'm doing it and that's that". Feels good to accomplish something that may have once seemed impossible. Great post.

Nick1962 2012-05-29 08:20:12 -0500 Report

Oh no doubt! I knew when I started my diet program I was going to cheat. So I figured, rather than start at 80% and cheat my way down to 60, I’d be better off giving it my all – 100%. That way when I did cheat I only slipped to 80%.

Caroltoo 2012-05-28 18:51:22 -0500 Report

Couldn't agree more. Can't isn't a part of my thought process either. Mine is a mix of: "ok, what next?" and "what can I learn from this experience."