I thought I'd share, as I have a few times before, the few paragraphs I have framed and hanging in my office. They're ripped from an Alcoholics Anonymous handbook, but I believe they apply to life in general, to any goal, to any overcoming of any obstacle, and I work from a home office so I never worry that someone thinks I'm a drunk.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will live through this day only. I will not brood about yesterday or obsess about tomorrow. I will not set far-reaching goals or try to overcome all of my problems at once. I know that I can do something for 24 hours that would overwhelm me if I had to keep it up for a lifetime.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will be happy. I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me. If my mind fills with clouds, I will chase them away and fill it with sunshine.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will accept what is. I will face reality. I will correct those things that I can correct and accept those I cannot.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will make a conscious effort to be agreeable. I will be kind and courteous to those who cross my path, and I'll not speak ill of others. I'll improve my appearance, speak softly, and not interrupt when someone else is talking. Just for today, I'll refrain from improving anybody but myself.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will gather the courage to do what is right and take responsibility for my own actions.
And that's that. I read that basically every day. Sometimes multiple times a day. I also carry a mini version of just the first paragraph right behind my driver's license in my wallet.
In keeping with the theme of Just For Today, I'm conducting an experiment. I'm eating twice the amount of points for breakfast as I usually would to see if eating a little more in the morning, and a slightly larger lunch as well, will help me to feel more satiated at dinner time and not result in dessert binges. If it doesn't work, tomorrow is another day.