I walked a 10k with a client who has lost 55 pounds this morning.
When we hit mile six–.2 miles away from the finish line–the last hour and a half of speed walking was getting to her. Her legs were aching and sweat was beading on her face. As motivation in those last couple minutes, I said:
“Imagine yourself a year and a half ago, when you were at your heaviest and had trouble even getting up from sitting. Would you ever have thought that you’d be walking a 10k at 15-minute miles, having lost more than a quarter of your total body weight?”
She answered with a laugh, obviously brought back out of the pain and back to the triumph of the moment:
It got me thinking…
2 years ago, the farthest I’d ever traveled was London… when I was 15… with my family…
That had been the only international trip I had ever taken.
Oh wait, there was that cruise I went on to Mexico… with my family.
Bottom line: I had never been able to fund a trip for myself nor did I think I would be able to by now.
I always thought of travel as some extraordinary expense to be saved for my honeymoon or for whenever I got massively rich… which was never really a goal of mine, so basically that put me in the no-travel-ever zone.
Are you kidding me?
Is this real life?
I took a shower at the freaking airport. I didn’t even know they had such a thing until right before my flight!
Point is: 2 years ago, I had no idea any of this was possible. I hadn’t started Strong Inside Out. I had no vision for what I wanted to do with my life except for I wanted fitness to be involved.
I knew what I wanted–an adventurous, passionate life–but I had no idea how I would ever get there.
The difference between 2 years ago and today?
I went from being just a dreamer to being a dreamer AND a doer.
It’s the same with my client: she had no idea how she would get to where she is now, but she started taking action and just doing something. She called the right people, started making the right choices, and took responsibility for her life.
In 98% of cases, it’s the same requirements: You must take action to make your dreams reality.
I took those dreams and forced myself to figure it out; to take a chance.
My point for today is this:
Whether you want to be fitter, healthier, more “successful,” loved, happier, less stressed, more confident, or anything else that you currently are not, you have this chance–right now–to get there.
Today, I want to try a little exercise with you. If you’re not into it, that’s cool. Just askin’ you to try it out. Look it over.
…You can do it when no one’s looking if you’re curious. No judgements.
Look at all the things you’ve accomplished over the last year
How many of those goals did you look at before you’d started trying to achieve them, not knowing where to start?
Isn’t it crazy to look at yourself today, from that 1-year-ago-you’s perspective? What would he/she give to be you right now?
Are there things you regret doing over the last year? That’s fine. Lessons are necessary for growth and we all have them. To make a mistake a lesson, however, you must be willing to learn something from it; do something different next time!
Looking back, was taking those steps really that difficult in the end?
Wasn’t it worth overcoming your fears to push yourself out of your comfort zone into something new, so that you could achieve something new?
Think of all the goals you want to accomplish in the next year
How you want to feel, where you want to live, what kind of work you want to be doing, hell, how you want to look…
If those are big goals, I understand that they can be scary looking at them in their end-form state. But just imagine, a lot of the goals you’ve already accomplished looked scary at the beginning. You still got through it! You still conquered it!
Commit to taking one action toward one goal this week
That’s all you have to do.
‘Cause you know what?
If you do this every week, you’ll be there–or at least making major headway–by this time next year.
Then you’ll be looking back on this moment wondering what all the fuss was about.
Having trouble taking that first step toward your goals?
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Wishing you all an amazing pre-Memorial Day week!
If you liked this post, chickity check these, too: The Truth About Change and I’m Engaged to A Practice Date: Take A Chance And Change Your Life.