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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Combination Locks

Achieving a goal is like opening a combination lock. -Gary Ryan Blair from his book, Goals.

Ever been frustrated trying to open a combination lock? I have.

Ever been frustrated trying to lose weight? (dumb question)

Getting that combination exactly right can be aggravating, don't you think? Spin it to the left to clear everything and then back to the right and stop EXACTLY at the first number; then go the other way passing the first number and stop EXACTLY at the second number; then the other way back to the third number. Or was that spin it right first? Or do you have to go past the second number as well before stopping at the third? What a feeling of accomplishment when it comes open  not to mention the drop in blood pressure.

Losing weight can be the same way - everything should eventually fall together but only after several tries and the emotional roller coaster that can be a part of the mix. That combination lock is on something we want so badly that we are willing to spin that dial and take another stab at it. We won't stop until we get those stupid numbers in the right order and we spin the right way and stop when we should.

That first spin to the left (I think) clears everything out, we can start over without any leftover entries from our last attempt. OR - maybe we learned something the last time and through the process of elimination we increase our chances of doing it correctly this time with our newfound knowledge. We for sure have to start this way - clearing out the old way that didn't get us to the desired result of an open lock and a reached goal.
It's the same lock each time - that has not changed. The goal is the same. We just have to be willing to keep trying until the attempt that lets that rod loose is the right combination and voila! We could do it all the time.

We each have our own combination locks. Some of us have tried more times than others. Some of us have given up for a time, threw the lock down, and perhaps even used an expletive or two. We want to unlock the chest with our goal in it very much so after we resign ourselves to do what we have to do we are back at it.

When it comes to weight loss, we already know the combination. Why do we want to do it a different way? The lock won't open then. Why do we try to skip some of the combination because we don't like water or we think exercise is boring? The lock still won't open. Do we enjoy failing at this or what? Is it that much fun?

The lock will come open and we do know the combination. Let's use it - k?


  1. What a great analogy. Wish it were easy to answer the questions in the next-to-the-last paragraph!

  2. Rebecca - good to hear from you. Are you drinking your water? ;-) We make it harder than it has to be is the kicker. Hopefully we will learn the lesson one of these days.

  3. This is a fantastic analogy! Hit home with me, that's for sure. :)

  4. Maren - It's always good to read your words of encouragement and knowing that it helps you makes it more gratifying still. Take care.