March Madness is here!
What do weight loss, clearing debt, and March Madness have in common?
Well, for the 64 NCAA basketball teams that have been invited to the Big Dance, today is “Day 1” of their quest for a National Championship. Every team in the tournament has a chance to achieve this. The same is true when trying to reach a fitness or financial goal.
Day 1, the day we decide to get off the couch and start working out, is the most important.
In managing household debt it’s the same way – as we plan for our future, we all must begin at the beginning, with Day one.
The best part is, no matter what has happened in the past – for the basketball team who has been ranked #1 all the way down to #64, they have each been given a clean slate. The past doesn’t matter. Mistakes made yesterday don’t matter. What matters is the future – and winning the next 6 games.
When struggling with a weight loss goal or a financial situation that has been looming, or even a journey to win a basketball title, the key to success is not merely to focus on the end result, although that’s the ultimate goal. What we need to do is focus on the here and now, and win “one game at a time”.
In the NCAA tournament during March Madness, each win brings a team to the next bracket and one step closer to the finals. In paying off a pile of credit card bills, think of it the same way – pay off one bill at a time, until finally, you have conquered the mountain and turned it into a molehill. In fitness, we must set little “baby step” goals and celebrate those little achievements on the way to those (oh, so beautiful) before and after photos!
Yes, you must have a vision for your big dream! Yes, you need a plan to achieve it! And yes, there may be setbacks along the way… But just like any great team who completes a successful season, staying focused on what you can see in front of you, one game at a time, and one day at a time, is how you will succeed. That’s how you win a basketball title, that’s how you get out of debt, and it’s how you accomplish any dream in life you set your mind to.