Responsibility 199, what is it?

Responsibility 199 is a belief; I believe that to be healthy and to increase my longevity I need to weigh 199 pounds or less...
Responsibility 199 is a need; I need to reduce my weight, reduce my percentage of body fat, and the elevated threat of disease my present condition presents...
Responsibility 199 is a mission; I recognize that achieving 199 will be a challenge, perhaps the hardest I have ever undertaken...
Responsibility 199 is a commitment; I acknowledge that I must commit to action, commit to change, commit to myself and those I love to achieve this mission, to increase my longevity...
Responsibility 199 is ME.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Day 188 - Today's Word Is

As of late I have noticed more and more folks using visual aids for motivation. More specifically the use of single words scribbled on cubical white boards, or on sticky notes slapped on their monitors, refrigerators, etc., or even up on walls in the form of vinyl letter applications. Others we know goes as far as to tattoo their fave words that inspire them on their arms, legs, chests or...

Giving the use of single words some thought, I have decided to not get tattooed. Just want to end any anticipation I have may have created in the first paragraph that I am about to ink up here. Nothing wrong with ink, just not going there; not today anyhow. Giving thought, I believe that whatever we can find motivation in that gets us to set goals and achieve them, them leverage whatever that is. If it is a word, a quote, a poster of the U.S. Constitution, then get it up before your eyes and feed off of it.

We wade into each day with differing levels of energy, intensity, desire (how is that for some rapid-fire motivational words?)... Some days we need a bump to apply ourselves towards what we desire. Sometimes that bump is a simple nudge of a reminder that there is something worthy to be achieved today. And sometimes that bump is a hard slap to the face that you are in a hole and need to stop digging and climb up, out and move onward.

Motivation is whose responsibility? It is our own, What we say to ourselves, that is what more often than not is what keeps us on mission. A word, just one, can be all it takes to provide the bump of motivation needed today. Tomorrow, the same word may be the right word for the day. Or, maybe a different word is needed to get the fire started, stoked and ablaze. Perhaps one words gets the morning moving and it is another that is needed to carry the afternoon. To each his/her own!

What is your motivational word for this moment you are in?

For myself, you see mine for the moment there in the picture of my own cubical white board: DARE
I know, not your typical word that inspoires. But today I find I need to remind myself to DARE to be better. Being better is not easy, it is not just going to happen; I need to be bold enough to DARE myself to do that which is hard and requires effort if I want to reap the rewards that are quite obvious.

Not sure what word it is that will amp you up today, that's ok. Nothing wrong with doing a little word shopping for the one that pops up and grabs you...

Accomplish ~ Achieve ~ Act ~ Action ~ Ambition ~ Attain
Attitude ~ Believe ~ Challenge ~ Commit ~ Confidence
Control ~ Conquer ~ Courage ~ Desire ~ Determination
Empower ~ Encourage ~ Endure ~ Energy ~ Enthusiasm
Faith ~ Finish ~ Fire ~ Focus ~ Goals
Happiness ~ Honor ~ Humility ~ Imagine ~ Inspire
Integrity ~ Joy ~ Knowledge ~ Laugh ~ Learn
Love ~ Mission ~ Motivate ~ Opportunity ~ Overcome
Passion ~ Perseverance ~ Positive ~ Pride ~ Risk
Satisfaction ~ Spirit ~ Spunk ~ Strength ~ Succeed
Trust ~ Value ~ Wisdom ~ Zest ~ Chicago Blackhawks

Responsibility 199 - Gotta Do It!!


  1. Awesome post! I needed this this morning..

    I'll make my word for the day: perseverance!

    (Chicago Blackhawks????) LOL

  2. Love this post!

    My word for today: Focus

  3. My favorite words as applied to exercise:


  4. My word for today: Opportunity

    I'm looking for those little opportunities to make a difference. Cole slaw instead of fries, furthest parking spot from the door instead of closest, stairs instead of elevator/escalator.

    Those little opportunities, by the end of the day, really add up!

    Great post, Patrick!

  5. My motivational word for today is: ENJOY!

    As in, enjoy living life to the fullest, enjoy the moments, carpe diem, that type of thing.

  6. Umm....Detroit Red Wings! (Just had to throw that in there!)

    I'm not "feeling" a word today, but I can tell you that there is one song that makes me feel like getting off my butt and getting healthier. Bob Seger's Like A Rock (sans Chevy commercial) Slightly edited here...

    Stood there boldly
    Sweatin' in the sun
    Felt like a million
    Felt like number one
    The height of summer
    I'd never felt that strong
    Like a rock

    My hands were steady
    My eyes were clear and bright
    My walk had purpose
    My steps were quick and light
    And I held firmly
    To what I felt was right
    Like a rock

    Like a rock, I was strong as I could be
    Like a rock, nothin' ever got to me
    Like a rock, I was something to see
    Like a rock

    I listen to this and it makes me want to re-capture how I felt when I was 18, ten-feet-tall, and bullet-proof. Ok, without the sweat part. And without being a guy. :)

  7. My word for the day has always been Motivational: FRIDAY and TGIF, the weekend is here. Patrick-I was noticing from your weight ticker that you are 1/2 way or maybe past half way! Is there a 1/2 way celebration coming up soon?

  8. OVERCOME - I've been thrown some obstacles to my nearest goal and I am bound and determined to overcome these obstacles...starting right now. So my word today is overcome. Great post!


    I only see results when I apply this approach to my diet and exercise.

  10. Not a typical word: Dumbass (on a post-it note on my monitor)

    reminds me not to be one, to make good decisions, and try to find a new job.

  11. Great post Patrick! I think my word may change daily or recycle as I go! :-) Today is a rest day for me so that is the word because in order to improve, we also need to heal & rest the body too....

    Other days it may be CHARGE!!! :-) Meaning charge on! But every day it is Never Give Up!

  12. My word of the week was Accomplish..... and I did .. I completed the C25K program.....