What’s the one thing getting in the way of your success? YOU.
There is no such thing as can’t, there’s only WON’T. And that’s what’s stopping you from seeing the results you want to see and truly changing your life. There’s never going to be the perfect time for you to get started and do the work that’s needed, so stop finding excuses for why you can’t do something and take control of your life. Wake up an hour earlier if you have to, put a band-aid on your blister, work your arms if you have shin-splints, and just stop the whining and complaining. No one is responsible for your life, so stop blaming other things and other people for why you’re failing. You’re failing because you’re not trying hard enough, and maybe you’re not trying hard enough, because you don’t want it badly enough. It’s a harsh reality, but it’s true.
It took me 10 years to get to where I am today, but I’ve never given up. And I know that it’s never over. It’s not that I’m perfect, it’s just a constant striving for success, and with each achievement there’s another one around the corner. There’s always more, because I want to be as far away from where I started as possible. I’ve seen clients completely turn their lives around by taking action and doing their homework, their workouts, and facing their harshest realities, even if it means facing their most intense anxieties and fears. No, it’s not easy, but it’s absolutely worth it, because in the end you’ll get what you want. And if you want it badly enough you’ll make it happen. NOTHING can stop you. Lose your excuses.
“You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be.”
— David Viscott
You ever hear the concept of mind over matter? Well, it’s true. It works. I promise you this. I remember once taking a job at a gym that made me nervous, because I would have to talk to many people that I didn’t know. I specifically took it, because I was shy and I knew that if I got over my fear I would be that much stronger in the end.
A few weeks before the job started I made sure to go to the dog run every day and talk to as many strangers there as I could. I had to psyche myself up and tell myself that if I acted confident people would believe that I was and would have no idea about my shyness. And you know what happened? I became pretty popular there and knew everyone’s names and everyone knew me. All I had to do was BELIEVE that I was more than I thought I was.
Even better though, on my first day at the gym one of the members asked me if I was the new fitness manager. I said “no, what made you think that?” and he replied, “you just exude authority”. Wow! That’s the power of belief!
You must think of yourself as a skinny person, capable of so much more than you think. You must KNOW this and OWN it. Keep telling yourself that you can do this and you will! Belief breeds success and the more you believe the more success will come.
My legs felt like springs today. No pain, strain, nothing! Effortless and I can’t believe it, because I’ve had major IT band and shin issues for the past few weeks. Maybe it’s the warm humid air in Miami. I don’t know. But what I do know is that I’m in a fuzzy lalaland right now. Just finished my 7 mile run without my running partner and I feel great. It was hard to get started this morning, but it’s only 10:30am, I’m done, and now I have the whole day ahead of me.
I finished in a little bit over an hour, so I should be good for the 3 hour cut-off at the race (they pick you up and bring you to the finish line if you take over 3).
I can’t believe how far I’ve come. When I first started training I thought 3 miles was a lot, but now it’s a piece of cake. I’ve been learning a lot about myself too. That it’s not about how many calories you’ve eaten, what size you are, how heavy you are, but about your capabilities and your strength. Strength of body, but especially your mind. If you can power through discomfort and your mind talking you out of finishing, than you are stronger, braver, and more able than any skinny person out there. I take pride in my strength and my accomplishments. I’m doing this for me and no one else. I have nothing to prove to anyone else, only me. I can’t wait to meet my husband and puppies at the finish line and feel the exhileration of conquering any weaknesses, doubts, defeat, perfectionism, but especially thoughts of failure.
Can you visualize what your weight loss goal is and what it will be like when you get there? Close your eyes for a minute and imagine, really really imagine what it is that you want to accomplish. Then imagine how you feel. Imagine your confidence and your strut. What are you wearing? Is it that outfit you were always dying to wear, but thought you’d never look good in? Do you feel strong and victorious? Where are you and who are you with? What’s different about you? I want you to really really feel this.
Anything is possible if you just put your mind to it and I want to help you change your life. There is nothing that you will ever do for yourself that will be more important than your health and well-being, so please take this chance to commit to yourself that you will get to your goal and feel happy, healthy, strong, confident, and beautiful. After all, dreams are just goals with deadlines.