Last year, on May 5th to be precise, Makeover Monday was born. It was my way of celebrating the 1-year mark of kicking this here fitness quest of mine into high gear. I explained the origin of the idea in THIS POST, and then went on to discuss one of my favorite fitness topics: changing our attitudes to change our bodies. From that post (bad grammar and all):
Changing how we view life and the world around us can be instrumental in our success. Or,at least, our perception of our success.:)
Motivational speaker Brian Tracy follows the philosophy that it’s not that “we believe it when we see it”, but that “we see it when we believe it.” If we believe we are destined to fail, we will see our failures all around us. If we believe ourselves to be successful, we can fill up a page listing all the wonderful things we see ourselves accomplishing.
The concept made sense to me then, and it still does. But sometimes I need reminding, and that’s when a little trick presented at the seminar comes in handy. It’s a simple mantra, repeated ten times while looking myself in the eye in the bathroom mirror first thing in the morning. It goes like this:
Something wonderful will happen.
It couldn’t be more simple, could it? Four little words. After you’ve repeated this simple little phrase over and over, it kind of plants the idea in your mind that it’s going to be a good day and you start looking for all wonderful things coming your way. And guess what?
They always do.
Because you believe good things will happen, you will see them everywhere. What was a nice gesture from someone the day before becomes magnified when it’s something wonderful. A parking place near the door becomes something wonderful. A simple compliment like, “Cute blouse”, can swell your heart because it’s something wonderful. An extra 0.10 mile on the elliptical when you were sure Death was imminent is an even greater accomplishment and something completely wonderful.
You see? It’s a matter of perspective and attitude, and after a while you grow to live a life of wonder and joy. Yes, there are problems, ups and downs and turnarounds, but a few whispered “Something Wonderful Will Happen” reminders will usually get your mind refocused.
The concept of expecting wonderful things served me well in the first year of my fitness efforts, when I lost 80 pounds. It was essential in the success I had in reaching 100 pounds lost in my second year. Entering the third year, six months into maintenance and facing a “life reboot”, I suspect I’ll be calling on this handy tool quite often. Good thing it works!
For the sake of nostalgia, not to mention a handy reference point for those of you who might be new here, all the Makeover Monday posts are listed and linked below. You can also read them in one continuous stream, though I can’t imagine why you’d want to, HERE.
A Year of Makeover Mondays
Can you believe it? I actually made it through an entire year of Makeover Mondays. Me! The one with the attention span of a gnat!
Thank you all for your continued support and for offering your valuable comments and insights along the way. I’ve learned a LOT from you! Since the MMs seem to be well-received, I’ll continue them as long as I can think of topics. Life has a way of dropping them in my lap.
Have a Marvelous Monday and may the other days follow that pattern!