I used to work in retail. At least once per year the normal day-to-day activities of the store would come to a screeching halt, the doors would be locked, and everyone would start the counting. It was important for the business to know what had been selling, what had not, and if the funds we had brought in matched the amount of product that was no longer in stock. They have great computerized ways to handle this now. I’m glad I had the opportunity to go through that process several times when I was younger. It really helped me to understand the importance of taking an inventory and matching that information up with sales to see what was working, what was not, and where to focus our efforts for improved sales in the future.
Our day-to-day lives are much like retail. We need to stop every now and then and take an inventory. What have we been doing? What worked? What didn’t work so well? Are there areas where we can improve? What strategies can be implemented to help in the areas we are lacking? What will we order more of? What can we remove from our inventory because it isn’t working?
As you may know, my weight has been a struggle for me for the past 25 years. I’ve had moments of greatness where I’ve accomplished weight loss and felt like I had conquered the world. I’ve had many many more moments where I’ve felt like a failure. Sad. Unworthy. Shame. Like a fraud.
I so badly want this time to be different. My belief is that the best way to start is to take an inventory. Here’s a start.