Who Do You Cheat When Slacking in Your Goal Setting?

a man eating a big juicy hamburger and french fries cheating on his goal setting
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I had one more set of exercises to do, and lazy me didn’t want to do them. Better me sympathized with the argument. 5:30 am was a long time ago. When you start goal setting and practicing good habits, it’s tempting to cheat now and then. But who are you cheating?

You definitely cheat yourself. You’re the one carrying around the extra 25 pounds. Or paying credit card interest. Or suffering daily heartburn. Or not advancing in your career.

Your Goal Setting Isn’t Just About You

I can skip the third set of exercises and eat a double cheeseburger. Who’s harmed by my rebellion? If anything, this act of defiance expedites the timetable for my wife’s life insurance windfall.

Yet, we can view goal setting in a different light. The pursuit of worthy goals makes you a better you.

A better you is more pleasant to be around.

A better you has more energy to serve others.

A better you produces at a more excellent level for your customers or employer.

A better you creates less stress and drama.

A better you is a blessing, not a burden.

Delay the Decay

Life is short. We’re appointed to die once and then to judgment. We’re in the process of decay from the moment we’re born, but we can delay the decay. Good habits, healthy living, and honorable goal setting can delay the day your children have to spoon-feed you vanilla pudding from a plastic cup.

I want to feel good and have functional strength and mobility to do everything I need and want to do every day the good Lord gives me breath. This desire is selfish, but one I’m sure my family fully supports — for their own selfish reasons.

Pursue the Best You

Goal setting is a good thing, whatever your motives. Follow through. Don’t cheat yourself or the people in your world. You all deserve the best you. Be in the 8% who set goals and keep them.



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R. Dennis Brady

R. Dennis Brady

Husband, father, Toby’s friend, writer, fantasy football fanatic, beach lover, blessed child of God. Fantasyfootballbullrush.com