1. Own It!
The first step to conquering any of our demons is to admit we actually have a problem. We have to acknowledge what is reality and stop living in denial. This one hits close to home for me.
Several years ago, before losing almost 100 pounds on a plant-based diet, I weighed close to 300 pounds. I suffered from diabetes, high blood pressure and was classified as obese. However, I didn’t consider myself fat or sick. Denial was my middle name. But, all of that changed one day when I tried to buy a pair of pants at the local mall.
I explained to the clerk, who was very large himself, I would like the pants I saw on one of the mannequins. He simply replied, “Bro, they don’t make cool clothes for fat people.” What? Me? Fat? No one had ever said that to me that directly. It hurt and it stung, but it was the truth and exactly what I needed to hear. I left the store hurt and mad. And, although I didn’t realize it at the time, I had just taken my first step to changing the rest of my life. I finally saw what everyone else was seeing – the truth.
Starting today, look in the mirror and OWN IT!
2. Make A List
Zig Ziglar, America’s most influential motivation speaker said, “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” Put your goal in front of you and think about what you need to do in order to achieve it. No matter how simple or foolish something sounds, write it down! I’m one of the most disorganized people you will ever meet. And, if I don’t write something down it doesn’t get done. But, if I take the time to actually put it on paper and keep it front of me, I’m usually much more efficient.
Next, make a list of everything that needs to change in order to help you achieve your goal. Take some time to do a personal inventory and see what might be holding you back. This can be extremely hard because it could potentially require you to make some tough decisions. You might need to change friends; clean out the fridge; or, find a different route home from work so you don’t have to pass that McDonald’s everyday. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Guaranteed!
The final step is the most important and the one very few will ever execute. It’s simple: Stop talking about it and MOVE YOUR ASS! That’s it. That’s the big secret – just do it! Stop hitting the snooze button and get your ass out of bed. Stop saying, “I’ll do it tomorrow” because you won’t. You’ve done the research, you know the answers, and now it’s time to conquer. There’ll be good days and bad days. Days of triumph and days of failure. But, you can and will persevere if you want it bad enough.
This was my life for years. I could talk a good game, but rarely did I follow through on anything. I finally just got sick and tired of being sick and tired.