Did you ever go on the WebMD site to research a condition? I would doubt that I would be able to find my particular ailment easily, but if I could, it would look something like this:
Symptoms, Early Stage:
- Initial success with accomplishment of a goal leads to an increased momentum of goal setting (as in, now that I’ve stopped smoking and have lost a few pounds, let’s keep the health train going and start an official diet by counting points, buy a fitbit and count steps, train for a 5K and log miles, and of course there’s always the scale)
- Distracted thought processes (wait, which goal should I be working on right now… oh wait, I have children who need their dinner!)
Symptoms, Middle Stage:
- Irritability (leave me alone, can’t you see I’m trying to calculate all I’ve eaten today/steps I’ve taken today/average minutes per mile today?)
- Confusion (what exactly am I supposed to be doing right now?)
Symptoms, Advanced Stage:
- Deal making (if I get on the scale and the number is the same or less than yesterday, then I am doing well and should continue, if not, then I will… give up/throw the scale out the window/throw myself out the window)
- Negative self-talk reaches new heights (no matter what good is achieved on a given day, the negative voice can combat with all the goals that were not achieved)
- You are certifiable, go out and get fitted with a straitjacket
Diagnosis #2 (because life actually does have to move on):
- You are suffering from a condition called “Overshooting The Goal-Setting Mark.” Fortunately, this condition can be arrested and corrected with a few simple steps.
Treatment and Care:
- Acknowledgment of condition. Say to yourself, “you are heading in too many directions, and as a result, you are getting nowhere fast”
- Next, take some deep breaths, and remember all for which you are grateful (this step, by the way, helps with a lot of mental conditions)
- Once in a calm state, take quiet time, pick one goal, and Let. The. Rest. Go.
- Give voice to the confusion and negativity in your head with a trusted friend (or the entire blogging world, or both)
- Repeat these steps each time the condition flares up
Today is a day of rest… no accounting of anything today, and I am going to enjoy it!