When I began to lose weight, I started by thinking small. I didn’t pick a dress size or a weight, because I had done that before and the results were fleeting; I would lose weight, only to put it all back on, plus more. This time, I decided to just eat well and exercise, period. Why? Because I believed I could do that – all I had to do was focus on one day at a time.
By believing in my ability to make good food choices every day and exercise, my health and self esteem did improve. I had more energy, I reduced my blood pressure, I brought my Irritable Bowel Syndrome under control, and I liked the way I looked.
Once I believed in my ability to lead a life of my choice, opportunities exploded around me – to write a book, to become a motivational speaker, to run the Boston Marathon, to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Each time I believed I could, so I did. I am not saying I wasn’t scared; I was. But a backward glance on my past believing made me take a breath, smile, and TRY.
I surprised myself sometimes. I didn’t qualify for the Boston Marathon on my first or second try; I did on my third. Know what that did? Made me believe in myself all the more. I began to see that each step I took, each time I believed in myself, I was laying an amazing flagstone path of possibilities. I was creating a new me.
You can do this at any time of your life. I didn’t start until I was 42 years of age.
All you need to do is believe. That gives you the power to craft your life, not be a victim to it.