Short-Term Thinking for Increased Success

Everywhere you turn, it seems that someone is touting the benefits of long term thinking. If you’re too focused on long term thinking, you lose sight of the success that you can find when you practice short term planning.

 

What’s so sad is that too many people get advised to “think about the future” instead of living in the present. It’s important to have a healthy balance of long and short term planning.

 

The long-term portion enables you to dream big and shoot for the stars. The short term efforts allow you to see immediate progress and enjoy the steps you’re taking on a regular basis.

 

The Limiting Power of Long-Term Thinking

 

The biggest problem with long-term thinking is that it continually projects everything into the future. You end up always looking at what you’re going to enjoy “someday.” What you can afford “someday.”

The business move you’ll make “some day.” It’s always about where you’re going to go and how you’re going to end up where you want to be. It limits your vision scope, keeping you stuck.

 

Your “someday” steals the wise moves you could make today. Long-term thinking forces you to keep your nose to the grindstone, always looking for what’s ahead rather than what you have or can do right now.

 

So what happens is that you completely miss the short term things you could experience that could have more of an impact on your goals than your long term strategy.

 

When you practice long term thinking to the point that you don’t even consider the short term, you end up laying a foundation of problems. Among these problems are stress, potential burnout and living a life that doesn’t contain things that bolster your momentum and feed your joy.

 

When you live your life so focused on the long term that you don’t see the good and the joy in the short term, not only can it cause burnout, but it can cause health problems and emotional upheaval.

 

You can become overtired, overworked and mentally exhausted. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to plan for what you want to see happen in your life. But that doesn’t mean that you should be so focused that you can’t do or see things any other way.

 

Life is not meant to be a journey of absolutes. It’s meant to be enjoyed as you make your way toward your goals. In order to live life beautifully, fully and get what you want, you need to think in short term if you want success.

 

Some people want to spend so much time on thinking about long term success that they exist, but they don’t live. An example of that is a couple that scrimps and saves for something they want only to discover in the end that can’t afford what they really need.

 

They traded short term thinking and living a happier life for something that in the end, didn’t pan out. A good example of long term thinking stealing success over short term thinking is when people go thousands of dollars into debt for a college degree.

 

This kind of long term thinking ends up not making them happy, many of them don’t really use the degree that they chose to get, and now they’re going to have to spend the next 10-15 years paying off that loan.

 

What happened was these college students didn’t consider what could happen that can alter long term thinking.

Short Term Thinking Is Better for Life Plans than Long Term Thinking

 

One of the biggest reasons that long term thinking isn’t as effective as short term thinking when it comes to success in any area of your life is because you don’t get to control all the pieces of the situation.

 

Nothing ever stays the same. People will change their minds. What they believe today, they won’t next month. What they want this year, they won’t want next year. Couples get together and then break up in a matter of weeks, months and even after twenty or more years together.

 

The person who has his life in order can fall apart. Everything you wanted can collapse around you. You can work for years to get that job you wanted or to start that business only to discover it’s not what you thought you wanted and you’re absolutely miserable.

 

Of course, these are always things that happen to someone else. We don’t figure problems and changes into our long term thinking. We only focus on the good that we think is going to happen.

 

The choices that you made today, you won’t make tomorrow because your thought process isn’t going to be the same. It won’t be the same because you won’t be the same.

 

That’s what makes long term thinking less likely to increase your success than short term thinking. When you focus on long term thinking, you can begin a pattern of thinking that pushes aside all of your internal misgivings about what you’re doing.

 

Even if your long term thinking is you striving toward something that you want that’s good for you to have, you can still fall short. You’ll fall short of having a job that you love – one that brings you a lot of happiness.

 

You can fall short of entering into a relationship with someone you care about because the timing doesn’t fit your long term goals. Plenty of people do this in so many areas of life – especially when it comes to the type of career they want.

 

What happens with long term thinking is they enter into a trade off and may not even realize what they’re giving up in the present to hopefully gain in the future. You will never get a guarantee that what you plan for is going to happen.

Take a hard look at what you’re doing. Are the things you’re doing now truly helping your life with no negative drawbacks? Are you the person who never gets to see his or her family because you’re trying to make connections that will help your career or will be beneficial as you build your business?

 

You have to take a step back, away from long term thinking, to consider that maybe you’re not seeing things as you should see them. This can help you make choices that are beneficial for you in the here and now as well as in the future. You shouldn’t have to trade your present to gain your future.

 

Short Term Thinking Benefits You More than Long Term Thinking

 

If you focus on anything in your life with a future mindset – the kind of mindset that goes hand in hand with long term thinking – you end up losing. And you end up losing a lot more than you might realize.

When you concentrate so hard on the long term that you can’t see the short term, this can have serious implications on your health, the relationships you care about and your freedom to have fun.

 

When you choose long term thinking over short term, you’re setting yourself up for future regrets. Another problem with people who lean toward long term thinking is that they can focus so hard on the future that they give up doing what’s good for them.

 

While people who have a deep drive to succeed often do well because they won’t let anything stand in their way, they pay a heavy price for that success. This price is often paid in the form of ill health, insomnia from the stress of worrying about what has to get done, a poor diet and weight gain.

 

This all or nothing mindset pushes them forward but is slowly eroding the foundation that they’re standing on, quietly, subtly and in the end, it won’t have been worth it. When you want something, there can be a tendency to go all out – to push yourself in ways that you wouldn’t normally have done.

 

Long term thinking can cause this inner call within a person to do whatever it takes – to work hours beyond what’s normal, to give a seventy or eighty hour work week or to skimp on meeting even their basic needs.

 

And what’s so sad about that is that with just a few simple changes, you don’t have to give up long term thinking in order to succeed. You just have to balance it with short term thinking.

 

When you do that, you won’t carry the same heavy stress burden that you’ve been carrying. You’ll feel better and you won’t be giving up your health. Plus, you’ll end up getting more done.

 

You do this by learning to tell yourself no, by not eliminating those things that are good for you: healthy eating, getting enough rest, and exercising. You might feel like you’d get more done if you just focused on the long term thinking and pushing ahead, but you don’t.

 

Your body and mind can’t handle a nose to the grindstone life for long. You have to take care of yourself and put what you need in the present over what you stand to gain in the future. Otherwise, you might not even reach the future.

 

Let Your Short Term Thinking Work Alongside Your Long Term Plans

 

It doesn’t have to be an either or, because short term thinking and long term thinking can both be helpful to you. It’s only when you replace one with the other that it can cause problems for you.

 

There are things that you can do to make sure that you’re living the healthiest, fullest life you can live while you strive to fulfil your long term plans. Set a time limit for the amount of time that you’re going to work toward your plans.

 

Instead of working seventy and eighty hours a week to accomplish what you want to happen, cut back to an amount of hours that gives you time to enjoy the here and now. Every time an opportunity to further your long term plans presents itself, take some time to consider what will happen to your current life if you accept that opportunity.

 

If it’s something that will cause you to fall right back into the same old routine of neglecting certain areas of your life, then it’s not a good opportunity for you. Take stock of what’s currently going on in your life as far as wanting to reach your long term plans.

 

The first thing that you need to do is to check to see if you’re happy. Be honest with yourself. If you’re giving up sleep, you’re feeling stressed and you’re working more than you should, then you’re probably not very happy.

 

Being motivated doesn’t equal happiness. Being motivated is simply what drives you to do what you do. And this motivation can be driven by wanting a good thing. For example, many people work longer hours than they should because they want their loved ones to have things that they didn’t have.

 

But if you ask those who care about you, they’d much rather have time with you than the things you’re working too hard to give them. Set up limiting parameters. When you’re working toward an end goal based on your long term thinking plan, rate that end goal on a scale of one to ten for today.

 

How many things are you going to have to give up – eating, sleeping, entertainment, family time? How many friends will you have to stop spending time with? The higher your score, the more you shouldn’t be doing what you’re doing.

 

Remember that your long term thinking plan was probably created by you – so that you could obtain the happiness that you seek. But you should be happy in the meantime while you’re working toward that plan.


Short Term Thinking Is Especially Helpful in Business Decisions

What most entrepreneurs practice is the art of long term thinking. They make goals that are weeks, months, and even years in the future. They have business plans, financial plans, and plenty of ideas about what’s going to happen when their plans become reality.

 

But this long term thinking can cause a short-sightedness that causes them to miss great opportunities that they could currently grab. Here’s why that happens.

 

What many businessmen and women do is they set up their long term goals. They polish up a business plan, they get their finances completely in order and then they open up for business.

 

Yet, the Internet is filled with businesses that are extremely successful that didn’t follow that kind of long term thinking. Instead, these businesses latched onto success thanks to short term thinking.

 

Instead of waiting until everything was lined up just right, until their long term goals were reached, they closed their eyes and jumped. By jumping, they found their way to where they wanted to be.

 

This is the kind of mindset that can help you build anything you want out of life. When a business is built around long term plans, the short term can often sustain plans, such as someone who’s building a real estate empire and discovers home values plummeted.

 

Short term thinking allows you to go with the flow of changes like these and find the needle in the haystack, the good that can out of things that go wrong, disrupted plans. Short term thinking makes a way, while long term thinking is often waiting for a door to open.

 

Rather than looking at the big picture, concentrate on short term steps that give you the future that you want. For example, instead of planning to build a huge collection of websites for products “someday,” start right now and build one.

 

Think about what you can do in the short term. Don’t worry about where your business will be down the road. Just make it what it needs to be today and it will be what it’s supposed to be in the future.

 

Instead of looking at all that you don’t have to start up your future business – such as capital – look at what you do have – the intelligence to run a business on a budget until you can afford to do more. It’s often the smallest investments that turn into the biggest money making ventures.

 

Take a look at your current way of planning your life goals. Make sure that you have a healthy mix of long-term plans and short-term activities that can help you achieve those. Don’t be afraid to embrace changes if you want something different.

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Goal Setting Importance

Goal Setting Worksheet:  

 

Get Organised: 

Organizing your future goal setting worksheets will help you not just to list all your goals in a more organize way, but arrange them visually for easier reference. For most of the time people are in need of something to arrange their thoughts and frame of mind. A goal setting worksheet is exactly created for this particular need.

 

Employee Goal Setting:

If you are a boss or a manager and you have ambitious plans to accelerate the overall development and progress of your company or team, the first thing you would logically do is to make sure your employees are on the same wave length with the same ideals as you are.

 

The company would not move forward and achieve goals and targets if the team players, the workers or employees that make up the group are not participating or cooperating whole-heartedly.  

 

Identify the Areas of Need: 

It is common for institute-initiated professional goal setting to include the identification of area that needs development for the betterment of the company and the individual. This area is then put into focus, and relates it to the individual concerned, without losing sight on the constantly evolving needs for individual career planning. The impact of this group planning to an individual is just astounding.   This aspect is closely related with career, so both the company and the individual need to be taken into account as one cannot prosper without the other.  An end result needs to develop and immerge with a goal serving these two side by side.  

 

Potential Development:

Perhaps some of your talents and skills need future improvement, or are maybe already clamoring for an improvement. Life, after all, is discovering your potential and developing it in the process.  By setting long and short term goals, it will be easier to achieve your future goals as they have been idetinfied, written down and are easily accessible whenever they need revising, revisiting, reaffirming and actioning.

 

Whenever there is a need to review any of its components they just can be simply changed as they are not cast in stome!  

Purpose: 

Since the very purpose of goal setting is to be achievable, your goals should be challenging enough to stimulate you but realistic enough so as not to discourage you in the end. For instance, you want to set a goal for your personal growth, as a person and as a professional.  By measuring progress and development in one endeavour, you are given the chance to improve and do more when the gauge indicates there are still more effort needed.  

Failure:  

Another importance of goal setting techniques and measures is opening you to the possibility of failure. By being open about the idea, you become more open minded and receptive to the various and possible causes of pending failures.   We all need to ‘Fail’ so that we may ‘Learn’ by our mistakes.  Just like a toddler who falls down and gets up on his feet again when learning to walk, we have to adapt the same attitude to our goals in life.  Failing is not a terrible thing if we learn from it.  Only when we don’t learn a lesson is it a useless exercise. 

 

Good luck with your goal setting session and make it one of many.  Remember to revisit your goals regularly – they will stay fresh in your mind and keep you aware of your dreams! 


 

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Goal Setting Workshop by Jim Rohn, hosted by Jeff Fiore, Millionaire Team

https://youtu.be/q7mQFOAFnCw


Are you achieving all you want to do and be? By watching and listening to this presentation you will realize the value and effectiveness of focusing on achieving all your long and short-term goals and have a plan for achieving your outcomes or results for  the immediate future and for the next 5 to 10 years whether they are in your personal life or for your business..


If our purpose and dreams are large enough the pain will be worth it the research, reading learning.  Since the very purpose of goal setting is to set out achievable goals, those goals should be challenging enough to stimulate you but realistic enough so as not to discourage you in the end.
The workshop will help you to set your own goals and desires and to arrange them into meaningful order.  

Step-by-step procedures or processes on how the set goals are included in this video and it will help you to look back on your achievements so far that made you and your family or employer proud. It will help you to dig deep and recognise your dreams and goals.


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Five Key Steps to Critical Thinking

If you are on a mission to become a better critical thinker  – i.e. analyzing a scenario early on instead of acting on it or forming an opinion based on things like spiritual ideals,  health, wellness, Emotional health, environment and other factors, there are 5 key steps which you need to use to use your thinking to your best advantage. They are: – 

If you are on a mission to become a better critical thinker  – i.e. analyzing a scenario early on instead of acting on it or forming an opinion based on things like spiritual ideals,  health, wellness, Emotional health, environment and other factors, there are 5 key steps which you need to use to use your thinking to your best advantage. They are: – 

1. Practice trouble-solving techniques – begin with considering a particular problem you’ve got. Do this when you have a few spare minutes – for instance when traveling in the car or using the treadmill, when your mind is free from distracting thoughts. 

First, make sure the problem is foremost in your mind. Then, decide what you need to solve the problem. With all the facts clear in your mind, interpret it and start to visualize approaches to solve the trouble. Before acting on your decision you will need to revise your strategy several times to make sure its right for you.

 2.  Give over wasting time – although we all waste time, some of that time may be used to think through problems or issues and remedy them rather than be sorry afterward that we didn’t think it through properly. Become extra aware of your time and begin to make full use of that time by means of working towards better and clearer thinking. For instance, as opposed to playing a game on your computer for an hour, reflect on the day you just had. Ask yourself ”Could I have made it better?” 

3. Redefine situations – as opposed to making up your mind immediately in a snap decision ponder on the state of affairs.   For instance, if you lose the job you really don’t enjoy or like very much, think about the possibilities you now have to make a better life for yourself. Turning a negative situation into a positive one with crucial thinking will let you think about ways to clear up a bad situation 

4.  Become aware of your surroundings and feelings, a heightened sense of awareness could make you intellectually sound. Your thinking becomes clearer and also you’ll realize the significance of what’s going on round you. For example, you could keep a journal of what is happening around you in your daily life, pay attention, examine and analyze what you are feeling in your waking moments. Try to use clear and concise words in your writings. Use analogies to compare and describe things or use pictures and photos to highlight and illustrate what you found. 

5.  Examine the influences in your life – what or whom influences you the most? Do you belong to a club, group that expects certain beliefs, ideals and behaviour of you?  Reflect on and consider the pressures these influences are having on your day-to-day life and if it may be in your best interest to walk away from those pressures.

Crucial thinking will become easier the more you practice. You’ll soon find it easy to analyze situations and make a decision very quickly whether it will add any real benefits to your life or not.

1. Practice trouble-solving techniques – begin with considering a particular problem you’ve got. Do this when you have a few spare minutes – for instance when traveling in the car or using the treadmill, when your mind is free from distracting thoughts. 

First, make sure the problem is foremost in your mind. Then, decide what you need to solve the problem. With all the facts clear in your mind, interpret it and start to visualize approaches to solve the trouble. Before acting on your decision you will need to revise your strategy several times to make sure its right for you.

 2.  Give over wasting time – although we all waste time, some of that time may be used to think through problems or issues and remedy them rather than be sorry afterward that we didn’t think it through properly. Become extra aware of your time and begin to make full use of that time by means of working towards better and clearer thinking. For instance, as opposed to playing a game on your computer for an hour, reflect on the day you just had. Ask yourself ”Could I have made it better?” 

3. Redefine situations – as opposed to making up your mind immediately in a snap decision ponder on the state of affairs.   For instance, if you lose the job you really don’t enjoy or like very much, think about the possibilities you now have to make a better life for yourself. Turning a negative situation into a positive one with crucial thinking will let you think about ways to clear up a bad situation 

4.  Become aware of your surroundings and feelings, a heightened sense of awareness could make you intellectually sound. Your thinking becomes clearer and also you’ll realize the significance of what’s going on round you. For example, you could keep a journal of what is happening around you in your daily life, pay attention, examine and analyze what you are feeling in your waking moments. Try to use clear and concise words in your writings. Use analogies to compare and describe things or use pictures and photos to highlight and illustrate what you found. 

5.  Examine the influences in your life – what or whom influences you the most? Do you belong to a club, group that expects certain beliefs, ideals and behaviour of you?  Reflect on and consider the pressures these influences are having on your day-to-day life and if it may be in your best interest to walk away from those pressures.

Crucial thinking will become easier the more you practice. You’ll soon find it easy to analyze situations and make a decision very quickly whether it will add any real benefits to your life or not.

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HOW TO SET SMART GOALS

We can all struggle sometimes to achieve our goals whether its business or personal.  Whenever you set a goal and you find yourself struggling keep in mind the word SMART.  SMART is an acronym that can be used to help evaluate and add structure to your goals.   SMART stands for :-

 

Specific

Measurable

Actionable

Relevant

Time Based

Goal Planning and Their Execution

 

 

There are people who do not want to set their short or long term goals because their mindset may not be aligned with their future and vision and they are afraid of dealing with failure . There is an old saying that “if you fail to plan you plan to fail”.  Optimism helps, but practicality, truthfulness, accepting the circumstances and the inevitable are essential factors when setting your goals. Overall, achievable results are more easily reached when  goal setting is done properly, realistically and carefully and regularly. 

That is why it is imperative that individuals, entrepreneurs and companies regularly set employee goal setting activities to help them better understand the dynamics of the team and themselves.  Goal setting helps motivate them to cooperate in the collective idea and goal of achieving progress and development for the company and themselves. Before starting to set ambitious and major goals, it is  recommended that bosses and managers orientate the staff about goal setting and what the desired end result is. 

Here are some useful tips for you and your staff to effectively set  goals: Explain why goals, be it for the short term or the long term, are very crucial and important as sometimes, we do not understand why we have to go through the soul searching task of setting goals when there is no guarantee that those goals would ever be achieved. Without set goals the company or individual is like a ship on the high seas without a rudder, floating aimlessly through life.  All companies and individuals need to plan to ensure future success and growth for both. 

But what does company goal setting provide for an individual or group? Perhaps the individual, alone or as a part of a group, has already done some personal or career planning. Why add another goal setting process to an already knowledgeable person or group? The principle behind goal setting when conducted by an individual, institution or a group is that, it focuses on the future direction and path of that individual or company, not only for the common good of the group but also for the individual members.  Remember as companies grow and evolve so do their goals.

When arranging your  goals setting schedule, make sure that the sufficient time has been set aside so that your goal setting timeline does not conflict with any other important appointments or activities. Make sure you have a time table of set dates available so deadlines, appointments or important dates are not forgotten or missed out and are taken into account in your new plan.  Define your intended goals very clearly.  Start off with a bullet list, next flesh out in detail what the goal is and don’t forget to set a date by when the goal should be achieved, but be realistic as a missed deadline can be very demotivating.  This alone can destroy the spirit of entrepreneurship. 

Ideas and dreams will remain just that unless you define them and make them really clear to yourself through setting attainable and achievable goals.  Once you have set your goals 1.  your whole being, all of your senses, should be one in achieving your goal.  2. Be positive about your  Goals, right from the start,   3. Revisit your goals regularly to refresh and remind yourself where your path is leading you and if you are on target for the desired end date,  4. Stay true to your desired path and if you find yourself going off track do whatever it takes to get back on the road to your goal, 5. Complete your goals and give yourself a pat on the back for doing so, 6. Set your next set of goals and repeat.   

 

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Exercise and the New You

 Irrespective of what your motives are for starting a brand new workout routine you really want to take note of your nutritional needs. If you exercise like mad but consume a excessively fatty food plan you will not gain the overall benefits out of your exercises. 

Do you really know what you put into your mouth everyday, every week, every month?  Its difficult to know if you don’t record it, so make a start on writing down everything you eat and drink during the month – write it down!  You may be surprised at simply how munch you do consume and drink.  However don’t cheat, its sincerely not worth it!  This will give you a excellent evaluate of what you eat and when. By way of keeping a meals diary for at the least a month you may find you bypass breakfast, you will see a pattern forming of how often you eat meals out and what you are eating.   Analyze your food diary and you may see you are consuming a food regimen this is excessive in fats, sugar and take-away food which may be full of sodium. 

Once you have got this recorded you should start to make adjustments. So as an example in case your problem is you drink too many fizzy drinks, you want to begin swapping them for water or similar wholesome liquids like tea. Don’t deprive yourself of everything you like and love straight away, just start by making small changes. 

Its so easy to grab a milky coffee and pastry every day when life is a constant rush, so try to  switch the pastry for a less fatty choice. Or, preferably take your own low fat granola bar or some other snack. If you are eating out due to time then try whipping up a fruit smoothie or nibble on  a chunk of fruit in conjunction with some yogurt. 

You’ll quickly start to feel better when you begin eating healthful meals, you will also quickly have a feeling of ‘Life is right’ while you see the benefits of your exercise which the better meals you are eating give you  extra strength and stamina.

 In case you are one of the many folks who go immediately from work to the fitness center or to run in the park then snack on a health bar or supplementary vitamins bar in advance so you wont go through burnout. To assist nutrition while you are changing your eating habits add vitamin supplements, they will also help you get through your exercise routines.  

You don’t want to make drastic changes in either your diet or your exercise routine.  Start small with small changes in each.  Your weight loss program and exercise which you are now doing are going to make an impact and eating fresh fruit and vegetables will provide you with greater energy levels  and the physical activities will make you sleep sounder.

Try to go for a walk every day – take your  4 legged pal for a run in the park, or around the block, but make sure you do not skip breakfast to do this.  Once this turns into a morning habit both  you and your dog will look forward to it everyday and it soon turns into a great bonding time and its masses of fun.  Its a great way to help you embark for your new diet plan.

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Exercise and Nutrition

No matter what your motives are for beginning a new workout program you really need to take note of your dietary wishes. If you exercising like crazy but  however eat a high fat food regimen you will no longer obtain the overall advantages out of your workouts. 

Make a habit of recording everything you put into your mouth in the month – write it down!  You will be amazed at just how munch you do eat and drink.  But don’t cheat, its really not worth it! This will come up with a terrific review of what you eat and when. By means of keeping a meals diary for at least a month you may see you bypass breakfast, you can see how regularly you consume food out and what your meals alternatives are. From here you will see if you are consuming a diet that is high in fat, sugar and take-away meals that are full of sodium. 

As soon as you’ve got this recorded you could start to make adjustments. So as an example in case your hassle is you drink too many fizzy liquids, you want to start swapping them for water or similar healthy drinks like tea. You don’t have to go cold turkey but begin making small modifications. 

In case you grab a coffee and a doughnut each day then try to begin by switching the doughnut for a lower fat choice. Or preferably take your personal low fat granola bar or a few different breakfast snack. If you are eating out due to time then try whipping up a fruit smoothie or consume a chunk of fruit in conjunction with some yogurt. 

You will soon start to feel better once you start eating healthy food, you will also soon have a feeling of ‘life is good’ when you see the benefits of your exercise.  The good food quality will also give you more energy to workout at higher levels of intenseness  and for longer periods.

To help improve your nutrients and exercise routines supplements may be a useful.  If you are one of the many people who go straight from work to the gym or to run in the park then snack on a health bar or supplementary vitamins bar in advance so you wont suffer burnout. 

You don’t need to make drastic adjustments with reference to both nutrients and exercising.  Start small with small modifications in both your diet and exercise that are going to make an impact. Eating fresh fruit and veggies will give you more energy and the exercises will make you sleep better.

Please do not skip breakfast and try to go for a walk every day – Take you best four legged friend for a run in the park, or around the block.  once this becomes a habit both you and your dog will look forward to it everyday and it then becomes a great bonding time and lots of fun.  ITs a great way to embark on your new weight loss plan.  

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