All too often in life our own negativity holds us back. Our negative thoughts, our negative feelings and most importantly, our negative beliefs. It is only when we are able to overcome those beliefs, that we can truly move forward. Here’s a story of a man that just did that. He recognized his bad beliefs, he overcame them, and he lost 170 pounds in the process.
1. “It’s too hard.”
When I thought about the weight I wanted to lose, 170 pounds, it seemed impossible to accomplish. Instead of focusing on the big number or goal, concentrate on waking up and taking it one day at a time. By breaking this down into what you need to do each day, it will become a habit that’s part of your lifestyle. That’s how you create lasting change in your life.
2. “I have more time.”
When my father died, I realized how short life really is. I wish I could promise you more time in life, but that’s not realistic. We have to live each day as if it were the last because it very well could be. I would rather die knowing I tried, then live knowing I’m settling for less than I want or deserve.
3. “I’ll start tomorrow.”
For a long time, I would wake up and tell myself I would start running or eat better tomorrow. The problem was “tomorrow” didn’t come for 12 years. It’s easier to put something off than face it head on. Instead of telling yourself you’ll start tomorrow, get up and start today. Don’t let the “tomorrow” lie keep you from changing.
4. “I’m OK with how I look and feel.”
I was lying to myself when I said this. None of my clothes fit and I had to shop at a plus-size store. I woke up every day and felt terrible. I had sleep apneawhen I slept. I was NOT fine. Dig deeper. Be honest with how you feel — it’s the first step in healing and making changes.
5. “I’m successful in other areas of my life.”
I was able to do well financially, so I fell back on the belief that I had success in other areas of my life. I let this convince me that others would look past my weight. In reality, my weight did affect my business and my relationship. Your health affects every area of your life.
Over a three-year period, I lost 170 pounds. I’ve kept it off for 16 months now. Once I gained control of my health, I was able to tackle the other major areas of my life that I wanted to change. I quit a job I hated to write full-time. My books have sold over 100,000 copies.
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