In my previous post I talked about the incredible Team BeachBody business opportunity. This time I want to share a post from the Team BeachBody message boards from coach Chuck Waterman. Chuck has made great strides with his health and fitness and is now building his business. Chuck's words below reveal what happens when a man decides to become a better man.
Those that believe they can, and those that believe they cannot, are both right.
- Henry Ford
I have really had to read this quote a few times to grasp what it was trying to say to me. One can look at this quote very superficially and come to an easy conclusion about positive though and its impression on the human psyche. I do not think it ends there. I believe, at least for me, that it goes much deeper than that. To me, it comes down to being a loser or a failure.
I can say with all sincerity that I have failed far more than I have succeeded in my life. I am cool with it, not damaged a darn bit. However, when I looked back there was more than one occasion when I was nothing but a loser. And yes, one of those times was right around January of 2007. I was at my heaviest weight, depressed, irritable and physically and mentally inept. Now those things alone did not make me a loser nor does it anyone else. What made me a loser was my lack of belief that change could happen and that my circumstances were everyone else?s fault.
Not one damn person stuffed that garbage into my mouth repeatedly. Nobody ever told me that I was headed down a very bad path health-wise. It is not their job and it is not their life. Losers make excuses. Losers hold others accountable for their own actions. Losers look for a remedy without a journey or a plan. Losers use their environment as a crutch to lean on. They have a very egocentric view that they are owed something on the basis of who they are. Sound harsh? Well it is, because losers don't face facts they turn their backs on them. How do I know? I know because I have done it...ALL OF IT!! I am a recovering loser! There I admitted it... Hello, my name is Chuck and I used to be a loser.
Hi, Chuck.., the loser support group shouts.
People always relate failure to being a loser. As if failing is a negative thing. Do not misunderstand me if you fail to realize that climbing Everest is dangerous, that can quickly turn into a negative. On the other hand, failing to do the same number of pushups as your intended goal is NOT a negative thing. I have said it before, if you are not failing in your exercise program you are not setting your goals high enough. Failure is a great thing to have. You learn, you grow, you accept the things you cannot change for that moment in time. Failure leads to a belief that eventually you will overcome.
Think about your goals for whatever program you are on. For example, Joe Smith says he wants to lose 30 pounds and run a 9 minute mile. Joe Smith on day one is a failure... he's no lighter than the day before and he?s running at only a 15 minute pace. What makes him not be a loser is that he pushed play that day. He ran as hard as he could for that workout. He supplied his body with the best fuel he could manage to find for that day. He examines the failure as a positive thing and moves forward because he has a belief that eventually he can. Losers give up, eat crappy food anyway because it doesn?t really matter. Losers think that his 9 minute mile is just a pipe dream and it would take forever to lose 30 pounds. People that are failures have no deadlines, no end game in sight. The finish line is always in the future and always just out of reach to make way for something better. People with a loser mentality a begging for the last day to arrive. Once they hit that, they can stop and relax. Losers miss the point. They are waiting for the chance to hold up for just a second. As Tony Horton so eloquently puts it, There is no just a second.
All I can keep saying is embrace your failures. I think you are awesome because you fail!! For the simple reason, that you keep showing up. You are a believer that you can change. You are not a loser, no matter what others may think. You have decided to make changes that sometimes lead to failure. How bold are you for just doing that?!! You have laid it all out on the line and are willing to accept ANYTHING that might happen...losers don?t do that. Losers believe they never will. Failures believe they could not for that moment but eventually will overcome. I believe in you and this community believes in you. There is no time limit and there are no ordinary moments. Step by step and failure by failure you will become, through belief, anything you set you mind too.
All my very best,
Team Beachbody Emerald Coach