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Reason #6 - Physician, Heal Thyself

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

No, I'm not a doctor, as all of you know, I'm a teacher.

I often tell my classes (and individual students while counseling or advising) that being successful in college takes a TOTAL commitment. Students have to make education their #1 priority. They have to do WHATEVER IT TAKES to be successful. Excuses don't cut it. Excuses don't get them where they want to go.

So card #6 says, "I want to be more credible and a better role model."

Doesn't being a healthy weight take a total commitment? Doesn't it have to be my #1 priority? Don't I have to do WHATEVER IT TAKES to be successful? My excuses don't cut it. My excuses aren't getting me where I want to go.

See what I mean? In my mind, I'm something of a hypocrite. I'm not credible because I'm telling them what THEY need to do but I can't put the same skills into practice on my own issue.

I don't like it and I want to change. I want to be more credible and a better role model.

TG
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  • WATERMELLEN
    I do consider that credibility is enhanced when we "walk the talk" . . .
    3943 days ago
  • FREELADY
    Please keep sharing your reasons and your reflections on them. Chewing on this along with you is a big help to me.
    3943 days ago
  • NANCY-
    TG What you wrote and the questions:
    "Doesn't being a healthy weight take a total commitment? Doesn't it have to be my #1 priority? Don't I have to do WHATEVER IT TAKES to be successful? My excuses don't cut it. My excuses aren't getting me where I want to go."
    Strikes a cord with me.

    "put the same skills into practice on my own issue. " Not for others but for yourself.
    I have the same issues and need to ask myself those same questions.

    Be true to yourself and do it for yourself.
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    3943 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4357551
    You've got some awesome reasons going there TG!

    I understand what you mean about feeling like a hypocrite but I don't think you quite get to the true definition.

    hypocrite Pronunciation [hip-uh-krit] –noun 1. a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, esp. a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.
    2. a person who feigns some desirable or publicly approved attitude, esp. one whose private life, opinions, or statements belie his or her public statements.

    I believe you have virtues and principles and that you are not feigning (is that a word?) some desirable or public approval.

    This weight stuff is tough as we all know so even though some people do talk and talk and talk about it and never do anything about it. That doesn't apply to you.

    You have had great success and I have no doubt that you will succeed ultimately. HOWEVER, yes I do understand how you feel because we do talk the talk but sometimes don't walk it but you also really need to give yourself lots of credit for what you have accomplished and keep working at it. Only when you stop REALLY working at it and keep talking about it will the word hypocrite apply - at least in my opinion.

    You really seem to be focused right now so keep it up and I love reading your reasons for doing this. It takes a lot to share some of these things and thanks for sharing.

    Take care!

    Vandal

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    3944 days ago
  • VENISEW1
    emoticon Great attitude :0)
    3944 days ago
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