Another challenge that I have is creating and maintaining a powerful network. I am probably closer to this than I may think. I can relate this to dating, another of my favorite reference points beside weight loss.
There have been long stretches of my youth where I had no dates. It wasn't that I didn't want to have a girlfriend, I just didn't know of a method to reliably get one and my circle of friends was small or non-existent so it was also highly unlikely that I would get one by accident.
Finally, I had decided to do something about this and started taking action and learning about different ways to get dates. I was also impressed by guys that seemed to have an unlimited supply of dates. The thing that I eventually realized was that the distance between where they are and where I would be happy wasn't that far.
What I mean is that if I had zero dates, it wasn't like I would need to get 100 dates to be wildly happy. Not even 50 or 25. If I had 3 dates per week, that would already be more than enough. I know some guys who have 6 or 7 dates per week, and this is rare, like being an Olympic athlete or multi-billionaire.
So, all of this babbling is to focus on, how many quality contacts would make a reasonable network for me? 100 quality business contact? 3 social business meetings per week? I think that is a reasonable goal. If I was able to have 3 social business, face-to-face meetings with decision makers a week, that would be a reasonable goal.