I had hit a point in my life where I had let go and well pretty much given up. I hated who I had become and everything in my life felt like it was going wrong.
This picture on the top was taken when I was 40 yrs old. The image on the right was taken when I was 43.
Here’s the interesting thing. It didn’t take me three years to transform my body. It took me 3 years to understand how to transform my mind.
Try and fail, try and fail, over and over and over again. What I kept doing was repeating the same patterns. Eventually I realised there was one thing I had continually failed to do every time. As soon as I changed this one thing everything else changed.
I my twenties I use to always joke with people by saying “when I’m forty the last thing I want to be is fat, bald and broke” GUES WHAT!……… At age 40, I was fat, thinning on top one could say and yes without putting to finer point on it, cash flow was more a cash drip. So why is that?
Without actually realising what I had done in my youth, I had set up my future. I had proclaimed many times I didn’t want to be these three things, yet when that picture was taken it’s exactly what I had become.
In essence, what I had done in my twenties was the following:
a) Set my focus – which was Fat, Bald and Broke.
b) Repeated through affirmation – I continually thought and joked about it with others.
c) Never gave myself an alternative – I never focus my mind on any other outcome.
So in that picture on the left I was very unhappy and hated what I had become. BUT what happened next was the beginning of the path I’m now on.
Deep inside I knew I wanted change but didn’t know how to do it and so like I mentioned above, I tried and failed over and over to make the changes in my life. Something was missing but I didn’t know what it was. It wasn’t until one fateful day just after I turned 42 that I realised what was missing.
Picture this. It’s now 2015 and for the first half of that year the desperation to change was getting stronger and stronger and here I was sprawled on the couch feeling like the blob and generally miserable. Then one day I’m flicking through the TV channels and land on one of those obscure channels that you general don’t watch. By chance a weight training program was on and they were advertising a 12 Week Fitness Challenge. I watch that advert and knew in that moment that is what I had been looking for. That 12 week challenge was the vehicle I was going to use to make the change I wanted.
Now then….. I am not here to sell you on some fitness challenge, there are a thousand and one of them, pick one and go for it. What I here to tell you is what happened to me in that moment. As I watch that TV Advert I ‘Hit the Hundred’!
You see, I had been looking for change, I knew I needed it, I new I wanted it and when I found it I made a decision to do that challenge. But that decision wasn’t an ‘Ok cool, that’s what I’ll do’ decision. That decision was something I felt right in the very core of my being and I knew in that moment that there was nothing on this earth that was going stop me . The decision I made in that moment was a 100% commitment decision. I hit the 100% mark. From that moment on everything changed.
I was focused, I was determined. I set goals for myself, I trained twice a day, I stuck to a strict eating plan, I didn’t drink alcohol for the entire time, every bit of my focus was on making the change possible. The only reason I could do that was because of the 100% commitment decision I made to achieve.
That decision helped me to change my life, it helped to move away from the depression I often found myself in. It helped me to change my career, it helped me to lose my weight and it helped me to start living life again.
If where you find yourself in life now isn’t where you want to be then there is one thing you need to do, make a commitment to change. Naturally, I would image many of you may say “Easier said then done” and look I agree. But I can tell you now, without ‘Hitting the 100’ that commitment to change will almost be impossible.
Change will only come about in your life when you make a truly committed decision. Once you do that everything will fall into place.