#193: Why The Self-Doubt?
Friday, January 08, 2010
Is it easier to believe in another person than in ourselves?
It seems to be a theme of a number of today's blogs that members are doubting themselves and doubting their desire to become successful with their weight loss and fitness program. They express that they are not worthy of success. They bemoan that they lost only 1.5 pounds when they have worked so hard and deserved to have lost more. They are upset about losing only an inch or two when they feel they should have lost more.
What these members fail to see is the big picture. What has actually happened?
They have continued to pursue their exercise and food intake goals. They have lost weight. They have lost inches. They have progressed.
But they want more. And, because they want more, and want it right now, they do not see the progress they have made and they do not appreciate that bigger losses may happen next week, maybe even overnight. All they need to do is to keep up a good effort, don't give up and keep a positive attitude.
They must also believe.
They must believe in the program. They must believe in the successes of others. They must believe in the progress they have made.
Most of all, they must believe they are worthy of success. They need to look at the positives along their journey to better fitness and health and believe in themselves. No one else can do this for us. Self-confidence comes from within. No one can give it to us. It is something that must be self-developed and can be if we focus on the positives.
Lose "just" one or two pounds when you thought it should be five? Focus on the true fact that you HAVE lost weight. Lose "only" a couple of inches when you thought it should be more? Focus on how much looser your clothes fit.
Focus on the positives and your progress. Focus on the goodness inherent inside you. Focus on where you want to go and how far you have come. Focus on how much you have learned. Focus on YOU and realize that, in all the existence of the universe, there has been and only will be one of YOU. Celebrate your uniqueness.
You CAN do this. Maybe not as fast as you would like. Just as you didn't put on 20 or 50 or 200 pounds overnight, neither will you lose it overnight. But don't give up. Do not ever give up. Keep working out and eating right and it WILL happen for you as it has for so many others who at one time doubted themselves. Like them, you will learn that you CAN be successful.
You deserve to be, don't you?