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#55: Four Action Steps To Success

Sunday, August 23, 2009

There are four action steps on the path to fitness: Wanting to succeed, deciding to succeed, making an effort to succeed, and perseverance in our efforts.

Like an alcoholic or a user of illegal drugs, we must acknowledge that we WANT to change and become healthier and more fit. Without a conscious desire to change our lives, we will roll along in the same self-defeating manner that has plagued us in the past, often for years. Change begins in our minds. We are what we think.

Our lives today and our future lives are shaped by our daily choices. By choosing to alter our lifestyles and ourselves, we will define a new, healthier us. Too many people simply float through life scared of any commitment that would require any real effort.

But once we admit to ourselves that we are not the person we want to be, that we are unhappy with the way we look and the way we feel, that we are not satisfied with our level of, or lack of, fitness, then we must actively DECIDE to take positive steps to change the person we are into the person we desire to be. Deciding to take positive steps forward does not mean a half-hearted attempt at changing. Fitness is a lifestyle we must decide we want to live daily before significant changes will occur.

After we become serious about attaining our new lives, we must MAKE AN EFFORT to succeed and act as if we're serious about our new journey. We must adopt healthier eating habits and incorporate exercise into our daily routines. Remember, as we think, so we are. If there is to be a meaningful change in us, we must alter our thinking to reflect our new way of life.

Because we do not typically feel comfortable with change, we must PERSEVERE in our efforts until our new habits become second nature to us and replace our old, unhealthy routines. We must not give up at the first sign of soreness after a workout. We must not give up if we fail to stick to our healthy eating plan on a particular day. Some psychologists claim it takes many people 16 consecutive successful attempts before a new habit replaces an old one.

If you are reading this, you WANT to succeed. Now you have to DECIDE that you will succeed, then you must MAKE AN EFFORT to succeed, and PERSEVERE in your efforts to change. If we persevere, and never give up, we will soon develop a new set of habits that will carry us forward to a new life.

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  • no profile photo SUCCESSHEL
    Thank you! I needed that! emoticon
    4026 days ago
  • WALNUT5612
    This is a great motivational blog!!!
    4027 days ago

    Thanks for the encouragement Lou! Deciding to succeed seems difficult for me.
    I often complicate things therefore it may be as simple as just making a decision to succeed. Even this doesn't seem simple to me. (Oh woe is me! lol)
    Thanks again, Darlene
    4208 days ago
  • FITKAT2010
    The most important point isn't addressed here, perhaps by accident? What stops us from succeeding?
    4209 days ago
    Lou, You are so right, change begins in our minds , but we must take action to bring our dreams into reality and persevere.

    I think one of the first steps we need to take to bring about a healthier lifestyle is to gain knowledge about food , and exercise. So we can make informed decisions.

    I am re-grouping or re-thinking some of my ideas and reading your blog today was encouraging. Thank You. Joy
    4209 days ago
    Thank you all for your support and kind words. I don't believe pastoring is in my future but maybe teaching Sunday school one day or writing classes to children church members. I simply try to discover new topics to write about that may inspire and motivate and encourage. I hope that sometimes that happens. Bless all of you. -- Lou
    4209 days ago
    I agree. I look forward to your blogs every day. You sure you don't have a call of God upon your life to preach, Lou?
    4209 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    I sure look forward to your blogs every day. They inspire me along the way and I am here cheering you on with your goals....
    4209 days ago
    I have been enjoying your huddle comments on the Just Do It team. Now, I realize you have emoticon blogs, too! I'm a subscriber now. Keep going emoticon you are an inspiration!
    4209 days ago
    Well said, Lou. Thanks for sharing with us.
    4209 days ago
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