Here’s an interesting thing. Have you ever seen a really impressive “before” and “after” photo on a weight loss product? I get a lot of email with these critters and, like you, I get kinda tired of them. But there’s something kinda quirky you might look for. This might sound kind of abstract, but please see if you can track along.
Look into the eyes of any person in their “before” picture and you’ll see that they are deeply disturbed. The body they have is no longer in sync with the body they are able to accept.
They changed the body that they accept, and became disturbed.
Now look into their eyes in the “after” picture – see the sweet satisfaction? They now live in the body that they decided they could accept. What an amazing feeling that is.
Why are you still living life in your “before” body?
Sure, you have obstacles that get in your way – your schedule, your job, your kids, the weather, your knee injury from college…but ultimately you have the body that you accept.
I’m going to repeat that so it will really sink in.
Right now, you have the body that you accept. Really. And, as I quote often, my friend Chris Hogan says, “Right now you are doing everything you need to do to get the results you are already getting.” Does that hurt?
Transform from “Before” to “After”
But here’s the good news. You may not realize it, but you already posses everything you need to transform your body, and it all starts with taking responsibility for the body that you have today.
You are in your current shape because, until this moment, you’ve been OK with it.
Oh I know you aren’t thrilled with it, and you even talk about losing weight and getting fit—but you haven’t changed what you’ll accept.
Here’s how to transform your body in 3 steps:
Step One: Feel Disturbed
It has been said that emotion creates motion. This is essential when it comes to personal transformation. Just like those folks in the “before” pictures, to transform your body you must first decide that you can’t live another day in the body you currently have.
Get your emotions stirred up. Make a list of all the reasons that you’re ready to lose weight and get fit. Get disturbed!
Step Two: Decide What You Want
Without clarity you’ll never get where you want to go. Now that you’re disturbed with the body you have, decide what the body you can accept looks like.
Think in concrete and specific terms. Just like the captions under ‘before” and “after” pictures—“Shannon lost 50 lbs,” “Matt lost 8 inches from his waist,” “Catherine went from a size 20 to a size 4.”
Get a clear picture in your mind of what you’ll look like in your “after” picture and decide what the caption will read.
Step Three: Take Action
The time spent between your inspiration (now) and taking action determines whether you will succeed or fail. Don’t allow yourself to get stuck between inspiration and action—there is always something that you can do immediately.