😱 4 YEARS!!! 😱
This afternoon I took a look at my calendar 📆 and my eyes started to water.😭 I couldn’t believe it! 2 weeks from now it will have been 4 years. 🥳
It’s hard for me to still fathom it’s really been that long! 🤯
The song “Seasons of Love” asks: ‘How do you measure a year?’ 🎶 But my mind is still trying to wrap around how to measure the past 4! 😅
🗣️ “What are you talking about Donald?!” 🗣️
I should probably explain! 2 weeks from now it will have been exactly 4 years…🔎
…since I was under 25. 😱 I was so young then, but 4 years later I’m now just a grumpy old man! 😭
🤣 JUST KIDDING!!! 🤣
Seriously though, 4 years ago I was That Guy on the left in the photo.
📌 4 years ago I was That Guy who binged on junk food every day.
📌 4 years ago I was That Guy who drank 3 to 4 cans of soda every day.
📌 4 years ago I was That Guy who refused even substituting his drinks for Diet Soda.
📌 4 years ago I was That Guy who was so picky about eating vegetables he’d literally gag trying to swallow them because of his fear of textures.
And where did this inability to change bring That Guy? 🤔
To weigh over 234 pounds. ⚖️ To have junk food and soda as his addictions and closest companions. To feel tired and sleepy more often than not. 😴 To never like being in photos because of the way he looked. To always feel the need to lift his chin up so his double chin didn’t show. 😔
That Guy really didn’t like how he looked or how unhealthy he ate. But regardless, him holding onto his comfort zone outweighed any inspiration to try and be thinner or be happier. 🤷♂️
If any of you can read this and relate, you’re not alone! ❤️
I don’t necessarily mean with weight but with our general unwillingness to change things in our lives a small part of us really wants to change. While there’s that part of us that really wants to change, we nevertheless don’t change. 😕
🚬 You know quitting smoking would benefit your lung health. But you don’t.
🍔 You know eating less junk food and more vegetables would help you lose weight. But you don’t.
🚴 You know exercising would help keep your muscles strong. But you don’t.
But why? Why don’t we change? If it’s really as simple as doing or not doing something, then why don’t we do it?! 😵
Because we as humans…are complicated! 😅
For one thing, we are creatures of habit. It’s easier for us to break an old habit than it is to build a new one. 👍 You’ve probably heard the term: “Old habits die hard.” It’s very true, and I’ve experienced it before too! 😝
Building a new habit requires a lot of focus. 👀 It requires consistent effort. Until it becomes a full on habit in your daily life, it’s going to continue feeling difficult. 😓
But don’t be too hard on yourself either! Think of it like this: say you’ve smoked for a decade and then decide to quit. 🚭 You will then be faced with a smoking habit decades old all while you’re building the new habit to not smoke. Of course this won’t be easy! It’s an uphill battle with your Habitual Brain! 😊
As much as I’d love to tell you new habits are built overnight, they aren’t. 👎It’s why most people don’t succeed doing it. If building a new habit was so easy to build, everybody would do it! 👍
But again, you’re not alone! ❤️ That Guy in the photo wasn’t willing to either! Sure, he wanted to be thinner and healthier, but why would he substitute that for all the short-term pleasures he experienced from junk food and soda? 🤷♂️
He even told himself: “I don’t have to worry about my health until the doctor says I have to.” 😱
So what happened 4 years ago that set That Guy down a path into who is now, Me present day? 🤔
🌟 His desire to change had to become stronger than his desire not to change. 🌟
⚠️ The problem was That Guy was always focused on his short-term pleasure; he was not focused on the long-term pain.
⚠️ He was focused on the pleasures of junk food and soda; he was not focused on the long-term medical issues he’d have because of them.
⚠️ He was focused on himself; he was not focused on the people who were trying to help him and whose advice he kept ignoring.
So when That Guy saw the path he was heading down for years to come, it planted a Seed of Horror in his mind that he had to change NOW! 🛑
Like Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol”, it was his vision of a horrific future which pushed That Guy to say: “Enough is enough!” ❌…
So here I am now, after 80 pounds lost, a No Soda policy, and many vegetables consumed! 🥦 That Guy has evolved into Me on the right. I like to call him Ace. Ace has since let That Guy retire, because now Ace likes running the show! 😎
So there’s something you really need to know! ✋
👍 I’m not going to pretend like this physical transformation happened overnight. It didn’t.
👍 I’m not going to put on an act like it was the easiest thing to do in the world. It wasn’t.
👍 I’m not going to try and make you believe I never zig-zagged during my transformation. I did…many times!
But what I will tell you though is that it is indeed possible for you to change when you set your mind to it. ❤️
One of my favorite speakers Les Brown talks about the Power of Possibility: “Sometimes we can’t say ‘I can do that’. But what we can say is that ‘it’s possible’.” 🗣️
🌟 If you can allow yourself to visualize the possibility of a future greater than the one you’re living now, you’ve already provided an opening for yourself to step forward. 🌟
So with this post I want to plant the seed in your mind that it is possible for you too, in whatever it is you’re looking to change! 😄
I’m not saying it will be easy. I’m not saying it will always be fun. But when you have doubts come up, remind yourself why you started in the first place. 🤔
👤 Do something today your future self will thank you for. 👤
Lastly, I have to give credit to the most powerful visual exercise I ever experienced which sealed the deal for me to change all those 4 years ago. 👍
It was attending Tony Robbins’s “Unleash the Power Within” event for the first time that I experienced what is known as the Dickens Process. 😲
I’d love to tell you more, but I’d rather you experienced the event for yourself without spoilers. I can tell you how a candy bar tastes, but it’s a whole other thing to actually taste it. 🍫
I’m not saying attending the event is your only tool, only that it’s a damn fine one in your Arsenal for Change if you do! It was for me! ❤️
COMMENT below if you’ve attended UPW before or are interested in attending! 😁
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